Fast Facts & Resources
Fort Bend County has continued to top lists for livability and economic success – and there is no sign of slowing down. Residents and businesses agree that there’s no place better to live or work. Learn more about what makes Fort Bend County so special:
- Fastest-growing large county in the U.S. 2013-2016, current population 764,828 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2018)
- No state income tax
- No. 2 in US, No. 1 in Texas for purchasing power. (Smart Asset 2018)
- No. 4 in US, No. 2 in Texas, No. 1 in Greater Houston for incoming investment. (Smart Asset, 2017)
- Highest percentage of college graduates in Houston MSA (US Census, 2017)
- Four public high schools ranked top in the Houston metro area, two in the top 3, and 5 in the top 25 (Niche, 2016)
- Home to five of the top 10 master planned communities in Houston. Houston is second in the nation. (MetroStudy 2017)
- Home to six of the nation’s top 30 master planned communities (RCLCO Real Estate, 2014)
- Top industries include: food manufacturing, energy, engineering, education, health care, and technology
- Most ethnically diverse county in the Houston metropolitan area (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- 26.8 percent population growth 2010-2016, $119,536 average household income, 90.8 percent high school graduate or higher, 45 percent bachelor’s degree or higher (AmericanCommunity Survey, 2016)
- Fort Bend’s major thoroughfare system provides superior access into, through, and around the entire Greater Houston region
- Home to Sugar Land Regional Airport and Arcola’s Houston Southwest Airport, with access to Greater Houston’s international airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport
- Two national highway systems
- Three major state highways
- Two regional toll roads
- Three major Class A railroads Access to Port of Houston and Port Freeport
Houston developers and homebuilders often consider the quality of local schools when determining the location of their next master-planned community or subdivision of homes. Fort Bend ISD and Lamar CISD numbers one and three on the list of Houston area schools with the most development. - Houston Business Journal, 2017
View the best Fort Bend has to offer in our video library. Learn about the industrial market, why the master planned communities are so successful, our exceptional quality of life, and the talented workforce buoyed by the unparalleled education and workforce training programs available in Fort Bend. Please see many of these videos in Mandarin, Spanish, or other languages here.
Want to hear what executives from Fort Bend have to say about why they are here… and why they stay! View our testimonials here.
Fort Bend County Is Second In The Nation In Purchasing Power
Fort Bend County is second in the nation in purchasing power, first in Texas and the Greater Houston area. But, how did we get there? Affordability and high income wage earners coming from the most educated population in Greater Houston ensures your money goes farther in Fort Bend.
Affordability plus income yields cost of living.
Fort Bend Is Tech Ready: Talented Workforce
“We as a tech company are starved for talent and we need to attract the right talent.” In Fort Bend, tech companies have access to the best educated, best trained workforce in Greater Houston, with the highest percentage of high school, college, and post-college graduates in the region.
“One of the main motivating factors of why we decided to come to fort bend county is talent.” #TechReady
Fort Bend Is Pro Business & Tech Ready
In Fort Bend, technology-based companies find a pro-business government that will work with industry leaders to find common sense solutions, inspiring and unleashing innovation and creativity.
“Fort Bend County is the best kept secret in the tech world.” #TechReady
Truly Remarkable Places! Mixed Use In Fort Bend
In Fort Bend County, our mixed-use centers positioned throughout the county enhance the extraordinary quality of life for which Fort Bend is known… and grow the economy. Learn more about these important community amenities.
“Dine. Shop. Play. Work. Live. Stay. All right here. All in Fort Bend County, Greater Houston’s Finest Address.”
Education: The Bridge To Opportunity
Fort Bend County is home to six exceptional school districts, preparing tomorrow’s leaders through innovative programming and exceptional relationships between parents, students, and schools. Learn about one of our most valuable community assets- our schools.
With more than 150,000 students speaking 95 different languages, the bridges to opportunity are wide, accessible, and fortified.
Fort Bend Strong!
Like the rest of Greater Houston, Fort Bend County was hit by Hurricane Harvey, but we responded like we always do. We came together, helped our neighbors, moved forward, and got back to work.
“We’re strong… we’re Fort Bend Strong!”
Why Fort Bend
Fort Bend County is THE place in Greater Houston to live and do business. Learn why we can answer “YES!” to the big questions, what community and business assets exist, and why Fort Bend continues to be the fastest growing, most diverse, population in the US.
Fort Bend County is a place where your imagination has no boundaries, where you can dream big, and where limits are only visible in the rear view mirror.
Made In Fort Bend County
Low cost of land & occupancy, proximity to Greater Houston, ease of mobility, & a talented labor pool, all make Fort Bend a desirable location for industrial development.
In Fort Bend, people and products move. And business gets done. And there’s more to come.
Learn Here... Work Here
The news is out. In Fort Bend, education matters, workforce development is a priority, and businesses are reaping the benefits.
With unparalleled programs, Fort Bend County leads the way in workforce development programs and education.
Living & Living Well In Fort Bend
With several of the top communities in the nation, Fort Bend County is the premiere address in Houston. Check out why!
Fort Bend County remains the fastest-growing large county in the nation with a 26 percent population increase since 2010.
Living Choices In Fort Bend
Living and living well in Fort Bend County. Home to 6 of the nations top 30 master planned communities, from quiet country homes to upscale urban living, Fort Bend is a destination for those looking for livable communities. With homes from $200,000s to the $1 millions, everyone is home in Fort Bend.
See what Fort Bend offers and you will soon call Fort Bend home!
#1 & Working Hard To Stay There
Leading Greater Houston and the nation, it is no wonder Fort Bend County is the fastest growing county in the US. Leaders in median family income, growth, safety, education level, and diversity, Fort Bend County offers exceptional quality of life and is a THE place to relocate your business or raise your family.
A community driven to excellence!
What does Fort Bend County offer young professionals who want to live, work, and play in Fort Bend County? The answer is “options”. Employment, lifestyle, education, housing- Fort Bend County provides choices and leaves the decision to you. See why so many young professionals call Fort Bend home.
A quick look and you will see, the closer you look, the better we get.
Hudson Products Expansion
Hudson Products, located outside of Rosenberg in Fort Bend County, expands, foregoing expansion opportunities in other states and Mexico.
“The impact these 150 news jobs will have on Fort Bend County is tremendous.” County Commissioner Vincent Morales, Jr., Precinct 1
Fort Bend Is The Most Diverse County In The US
Fort Bend County’s diversity is one of the county’s strongest assets.
“Fort Bend County may very well be the most diverse place on the planet.” Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Kinder Institute
Data and Downloads
Need some hard facts about Fort Bend County? Here, you can download valuable data with key information about the region. Whether you’re thinking of relocating or just want to know more about your county, Fort Bend County has a lot to offer.
Quality of Life
Infrastructure & Transportation
Taxes & Incentives
City Demographic Reports
- City of Arcola
- City of Beasley
- City of Fairchilds
- City of Fulshear
- City of Katy
- City of Kendleton
- City of Meadows Place
- City of Missouri City
- City of Needville
- City of Orchard
- City of Pleak
- City of Richmond
- City of Rosenberg
- City of Simonton
- City of Stafford
- City of Sugar Land
- City of Thompsons
- City of Weston Lakes
International Trade & Investment
Other Reports & Presentations
- Perryman Report 2016 Forecast
- Fort Bend Realtors Presentation, Jeff Wiley
- University of Houston Sugar Land Master Plan
- Fort Bend Flood Update 6-23-2016
- Economic Forecast, Dr. Alex Perdue 6-23-2016
- Rubicon- The Crossing At Telfair Presentation, 7-21-2016
- John Burns Real Estate Mid-year Housing Review 7-21-2016
- Imperial Market Update-Fort Bend Commercial Brokers Presentation 8-2016
- Richmond Gateway Presentation 9-22-2016
- City Of Fulshear Update 9-22-2016
- City of Rosenberg Update 9-22-2016
- Greater Houston Partnership 2017 Economic Forecast
- County Judge Robert Hebert 7-18-2017
- TxDOT Update- Fort Bend Commercial Realtors, 8-15-2017
- Greater Houston Partnership 2019 Economic Outlook
FBEDC Member Meeting Presentation
- Fort Bend County Future Growth Implications- Todd LaRue FBEDC Member Meeting 7/18/2013
- Port Freeport Presentation- FBEDC Member Meeting 5/19/2016
- KC Conway FBEDC Member Meeting 3-16-2017
- Master Plan Community Trends FBEDC Member Meeting 5-18-2917
- Fort Bend CAD-FBEDC Member Meeting, 7-20-2017
- KC Conway Address FBEDC Membership-FBEDC Member Meeting, 02/15/2018
- Accredo Packaging, Inc. Expansion- FBEDC Member Meeting July 2018
- FBISD 2018 Bond Proposal Presentation- FBEDC Member Meeting 8/6/2018
- Fort Bend Solar- New Project Announcement FBEDC Member Meeting 8/16/2018
- Nature Best- New Project Announcement FBEDC Member Meeting 8/16/2018
- TxDOT Update- Grady Mapes 9/20/2018
- Fort Bend Draining District Watershed Study Update- Mark Vogler 9/20/2018
- The Grid- Stafford’s New Mixed Use Center 10/18/2018
Major Private Employers
Fort Bend County is leading the region for job creation in sectors like energy, health care, development, and engineering. This fertile business environment continues to attract major headquarters and businesses from all over the country and around the globe.
|Employer||Local Employees||Line of Business|
|Fluor Corporation||2430||Engineering, Construction Maintenance & Technical
|Methodist Sugar Land Hospital||2637||Healthcare|
|Schlumberger Technology Corp.||2007||Energy Exploration Technology/Research|
|United Parcel Service||1200||Package Distribution|
|Oak Bend Medical Center||1200||Healthcare|
Energy Services Division
|Frito-Lay, Inc.||941||Snack Food Manufacturer|
|Memorial Hermann - Sugar Land Hospital||950||Healthcare|
|Fiserv Output Solutions||531||Provider of Financial Services Technology Solutions|
|St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital||454||Healthcare|
|Ben E. Keith||419||Food Service Products|
|Sunoco Logistics Partners||403||Pipeline|
|Tramontina||400||Manufacturer & Marketer of Cutlery & Stainless Steel Cookware|
|National Oilwell Varco, Inc.||350||Manufacturing & Service for Drilling & Oilfield Equipment|
|Minute Maid||338||Marketer of Premium Fruit Juices & Drinks|
|Twinstar Bakery||299||Manufactures Bread/Related Products Cookies/Crackers Whole Packages Frozen Goods|
|Yokogawa Corp. of America||278||Manufacturer & Supplier of Test, Measurement, Field Instrumentation, process control & Information products|
|EE Reed Construction||245||Construction|
|HCSS, Inc.||210||Software Developer|
|Classic Chevrolet||139||Automobile Dealers-New Cars|
|Niagara Bottling||133||Supplier & Distributor of Bottled Water|
|MD Anderson Cancer Center Sugar Land||125||Healthcare|
Fort Bend County maintains a responsible tax rate that encourages development and creates jobs. Combined with no state income tax and a lower than average cost of living, Fort Bend County is a desirable location for business development.
Fort Bend County General: 0.46500
Fort Bend Drainage: 0.016000
Businesses may take advantage of potential incentives such as:
For more information on business incentive packages offered in Fort Bend County.
Cities & Contact Data
Each city within Fort Bend County is unique, providing its own special personality and benefits. The Fort Bend EDC and our economic development partners at the cities work collaboratively to offer businesses a team of professionals committed to development and sustained growth.
|City||Economic Development Contact||Website|
|Arcola||The Honorable Fred Burton, Mayor||City Data|
|Beasley||The Honorable Kenneth Reid, Mayor||City Data|
|Fairchilds||The Honorable Bob Haenel, Mayor||City Data|
|Fulshear||Angela Fritz, Economic Development Director||EDC|
|Katy||Lance LaCour, Katy EDC President||EDC|
|Kendleton||The Honorable Darryl K. Humphrey, Sr., Mayor||EDC|
|Meadows Place||The Honorable Charles D. Jessup, IV, Mayor||EDC|
|Missouri City||Joe Esch, Economic Development Director||EDC|
|Needville||The Honorable Delbert Wendt, Mayor||EDC|
|Orchard||The Honorable Rod Pavlock, Mayor||City Data|
|Pearland||Matt Buchanan, President||EDC|
|Pleak||The Honorable Larry Bitner, Mayor||City Data|
|Richmond||Cameron Goodman, Economic Development Director||EDC|
|Rosenberg||Bret Gardella, Economic Development Director||EDC|
|Simonton||The Honorable Laurie Boudreaux, Mayor||EDC|
|Stafford||Patti Worfe, Economic Development Director||EDC|
|Sugar Land||Elizabeth Huff, Economic Development||EDC|
|Thompsons||The Honorable Freddie Newsome, Mayor||City Data|
|Weston Lakes||The Honorable Mary Rose Zdunkewicz, Mayor||City Data|
Master Planned Communities
Consistently ranked as the top area in the nation for Master Planned Communities.
Master Planned Communities List
|Community||Developer||Total Acres||Homes Sold||Lots Projected||Homes From||Homes To||School Districts||Acres of Green Space|
|Aliana||AIRIA Development Company||2000||2970||4200||$280,000s||Millions||FBISD||300|
|Cinco Ranch||Newland Communities||8,100||14,950||15,000||$400,000s||Millions||Katy ISD||Not Available|
|Creekside Ranch||Tal Atlantic & Ashton Woods||226||19||700||$220,000s||$400,000s||LCISD||2|
|Cross Creek Ranch||Johnson Development||3,200||2,681||7,000||$220,000s||Millions||Katy ISD|
|Firethorne||Jefferson Development||Not Available||1,400||3,600||$190,000s||$800,000s||Katy ISD|
|Fulbrook on Fulshear Creek||Trend Development||650||325||1,100||$280,000s||$800,000s||LCISD||99|
|Harvest Green||Johnson Development||1,300||732||2,600||$240,000s||$500,000s||FBISD||300|
|Imperial Sugar Land||Johnson Development||720||319||1,200||$400,000s||Millions||FBISD||62|
|Jordan Ranch||Johnson Development||1,350||172||3,000||$250,000s||TBD||LCISD||250|
|Lakes of Bella Terra||Ryco Development||725||1,656||Not available||$200,000s||Millions||LCISD||300|
|Long Meadow Farms||Trend Development||1,355||2,100||2,200||$250,000s||$580,000s||FBISD|
|Sienna Plantation||Johnson Development||10,800||8,080||16,500||$250,000s||Millions||FBISD||3,000|
Fort Bend County Business Parks
Fort Bend County is the place to get business done with 5 business parks available, including Lakeview Business Park, Sugar Land Business Park, Park 8-Ninety, Rosenberg Business Park and Stafford Grove Industrial Park. Find out why Fort Bend County is the hub for industrial development! #WhyFortBend
|Business Park||City||Contact Person||Contact Information||Park Brochures|
|Lakeview Business Park||Missouri City||Jeremy Garner||713-963-1057||Brochure|
|Park 8-Ninety||Missouri City||Jeremy Garner||713-963-1057||Brochure|
|Rosenberg Business Park||Rosenberg||Bill Smith||713-850-8400||Brochure|
|Sugar Land Business Park||Sugar Land||Don Janssen||281-242-2000||Brochure|
|Stafford Grove Industrial Park||Stafford||Matteson Hamilton||713-300-0299||Brochure|