Choosing Sugar Land, Texas

By: Tim Dillard

As one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas, Sugar Land has expanded by 150 percent throughout the last decade. Much of the community is made up of various Sugar Land subdivisions composed of 13 master-planned communities. The earliest planned communities began at the start of the 1960s. The communities were built with adequate green space, paths, wide streets, varied housing prices and size ranges in addition to plenty of parks, playgrounds, and public facilities to satisfy the most discriminating homeowner. As these subdivisions were bought out, the city annexed the area, which explains why the city itself is growing so rapidly.

Because these subdivisions have houses constructed at different price ranges and because of the average price range of housing in this area, Greater Houston new homes are slightly easier to acquire than in most communities. Tax rates are lower than the national average in this community which makes living here even more appealing. Over all, the cost of living in Sugar Land is lower than the national medium figure. Grocery prices, for example, are about 25 percent less than those of other major metropolitan areas in the United States.

The presence of Imperial Sugar has had a big influence on these subdivisions. Sugar Land was originally a company town and it was not until the early 1960s that the community began to take the first steps toward preparing a complete planned community. Several of the early planned communities were as a direct push from Imperial Sugar to get the ball rolling. This allowed the community to grow in a planned way. Since planning included various levels of houses at price levels and sizes that would attract everyone from singles to young families, the city of Sugar Land was fated to grow rapidly.

It is expected that the next round of annexations to this city will bring the population level to more than 120,000 people. This is a city that has a high per capita income and a cost of living, which brings the overall desirability of living here to one of the highest in the country. It has been rated as the top-ranked city in Texas for business location and enjoys a similar rank for livability. Overall, Sugar Land, as part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area, is undoubtedly the best place in the United States in which to live and work. That is why these subdivisions are well worth further investigation.

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