Fort Bend County is a thriving suburb of Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city. Residents enjoy the conveniences of a larger city and the family-friendly environment Fort Bend strives to maintain. It has consistently been on lists of top places to live, work and play. See below for some of the many reasons you might consider your new home in Fort Bend County.
Fort Bend County has been recognized by a variety of studies as an outstanding community in which to raise your family. The county has been highly ranked for its safety, education, low cost of living, diversity and growth over the past for years. For families interested in relocating to the area, whether it be from another part of the city or another state, here are a few accolades Fort Bend County has earned:
|Sugar Land ranks No. 20 on “America’s Safest Cities” list|
|- Congressional Quarterly, 2014|
|Ranked No. 7 of the top healthiest counties in Texas|
|- The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps|
|Texas is ranked eighth most affordable state in the United States|
|- Movoto Real Estate, 2014|
|Missouri City ranks No. 16 on “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” list|
|- 24/7 Wall St., 2014|
|Fastest-growing large county in 2012|
|- U.S. Census Bureau, 2014|
Texas is one of the only states without an income tax; add to the mix some of the county’s most affordable housing, and Fort Bend has one of the lowest cost of living indexes in the United States.
Fort Bend County also has a thriving corporate community, with many Fortune 500 companies and small businesses taking advantage of the county’s pro-business environment, fiscal strength, educated workforce and low unemployment.
|Sugar Land ranked No. 1 on the list of “Best Places to Find a Job”|
|- Money Magazine, 2014|
|Ranked No. 9 among nation’s largest counties for job growth|
|- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015|
|Top city for Global Trade|
|- Global Trade, 2013|
Living in Fort Bend County is complemented by good weather, planned open and green spaces as well as the area’s numerous attractions.
|Fort Bend County residents are healthiest in the Greater Houston area|
|- County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, 2015|
|The county has been named one of the safest communities in America, with four of the nation’s top 20 master-planned communities and the regional leader in household income.|
“As a scout for the Houston Astros, I can say that Sienna Plantation has scored a home run with its location. The Fort Bend Parkway makes my commute to Minute Maid Park so easy, usually just 25 minutes door-to-door.”
- Rusty Pendergrass.
“The Fort Bend Toll Road has made my drive into the Galleria more consistent. I typically spend less than 30 minutes driving from Sienna to my office.”
- Carrie Tuosto
“Sienna is a great place to live if you work in the Medical Center. The Fort Bend Toll Road and 90A take me straight to my office at MD Anderson in less than 30 minutes—only a few minutes longer than my colleagues who live inside the loop in Bellaire or West University. Less time in the car gives me more time to spend at home.”
- Dr. Andrea Jordan
“Commuting to Freeport from Sienna has been smooth sailing. I can leave at any time of the day and reach the Dow facility within 45 minutes. Once I leave Sienna’s front door, I have two great options for travel: Highway 6 south to 288 or Highway 521 to 288.”
- George Hernandez
“I take the Fort Bend Parkway to 90A and go up Post Oak Blvd. to the 610 loop. From there, I just get on U.S. 59 north to Buffalo Speedway. It is so easy and only take about 25 minutes—and I live in the back of Sienna Plantation. The great thing is that if there is traffic, I have options.”
- Richard L. Muller, Jr.
*Unless otherwise noted, data from www.fortbendcounty.com.