Sugar Land

Sugar Land, Texas is a city located within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. It has a population of 117,868 as of the 2020 census, making it one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the state of Texas.


The city of Sugar Land has an interesting history rooted in the sugar industry. In 1853, Samuel M. Williams established a sugar plantation and built a sugar mill and refinery named Sugarland Industries. This company was later acquired by Imperial Sugar Company in 1908. For many decades, Sugar Land was home to a booming sugar industry and the company town around the mill housed factory workers and their families.

After the decline of sugar production in the region, Sugar Land transitioned to become a more diversified city. It incorporated as a municipality in 1959 and much of the old sugar cane land was redeveloped into master-planned communities like First Colony and Greatwood.

Population Growth

Over the past several decades, Sugar Land has experienced explosive population growth. In 1970, the population was just over 3,000. By 2000 it had grown to 63,328 and the latest census estimate for 2020 puts the population at 117,868.

This phenomenal growth, over a 380% increase from 2000 to 2020, can be attributed to several factors. The proximity to the major economic center of Houston makes Sugar Land an attractive suburb. High-tech industries and major employers have moved into the region, bringing new residents. And Sugar Land consistently ranks highly in surveys of best places to live thanks to its family-friendly amenities, low crime rate, good schools, parks, and more.

Economy and Major Employers

While no longer focused solely on sugar production, Sugar Land has a strong and diverse economy. Many major companies have regional headquarters or major facilities in the city, including:

Other major employers include financial services, technology, and healthcare companies. Sugar Land continues to attract corporate relocations and benefits from its proximity to Houston.


Some of the most notable attractions and landmarks in Sugar Land include:


The city’s local minor league baseball team is the Sugar Land Skeeters, who play at Constellation Field. The Skeeters are an independent baseball team and part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Sugar Land Skeeters Logo

Many Sugar Land residents also support Houston’s professional sports teams like the Astros, Texans, Rockets, and Dynamo.

City Government

Sugar Land operates under a council-manager form of government. The city council consists of a mayor and four council members representing four districts. The current mayor is Joe Zimmerman.

Residents can get more information about city government and services on the city’s website.


Popular tourist attractions in Sugar Land include:

The Sugar Land tourism department has more information on things to do for visitors on their website.


Residents can connect with the community through social media groups like the city’s Facebook page. There are also many neighborhood groups and community organizations active in Sugar Land.