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Sugar Land History

This unique town was built and developed around the sugar industry, on land granted to Samuel M. Williams in 1828. Williams' brother, Nathaniel, purchased the land in 1838 and with a third brother, Mathew, operated Oakland plantation growing cotton, corn and sugarcane. In 1853, Benjamin Terry and William J. Kyle purchased the plantation. Terry is known for organizing Terry's Texas Rangers during the Civil War and for naming the town. Upon the deaths of Terry and Kyle, Colonel E. H. Cunningham bought the 12,500 acre plantation soon after the Civil War and developed the town around his sugar refining plant. In the early 1900's the refinery was sold and named Imperial Sugar. Around the turn of the century, most of the sugar cane crops were destroyed by a harsh winter. Now refineries import cane through the Port of Galveston. Sugar Land remained a company town until incorporated in 1959. Today Sugar Land has a diversified economic base. The city's growth parallels the huge growth of Houston and Harris County.

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City Demographics

According to the year 2000 Census Sugar Land ranks #1 in growth in the Houston metro area and #1 among the state's 45 largest cities. The City's population jumped from 24,529 in 1990 to 63,328 in 2000 - a 158 percent increase


City Information

City Contact: Mr. Joseph Esch
County: Fort Bend
Schools: Fort Bend ISD

 and Lamar Consolidated ISD

City Services

CenterPoint Energy (Natural Gas): (713) 659-2111
Reliant Energy (Electrical): (713) 207-7777
Time Warner Cable: (713) 341-1000
Water Service: (281) 240-1300

(Ask for Customer Service)
Trash Pickup/Recycling: (281) 275-2450 (Handled by BFI)

Local Links


Average High/Low Temperature for January: 66°F / 47°F

Average High/Low Temperature for July: 94°F / 74°F

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