The City of Sugar Land is located 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston, and has an approximate population of 76,228. The city was founded as a sugar plantation in the 1800s and was incorporated as a city in 1959. Sugar Land is the largest city and economic center in Fort Bend County, and also the fastest growing city in the state of Texas. According to Money Magazine (2006), the city was the “hottest” place to live within the state of Texas and the third “hottest” in the country. In 2004, 2005, and 2006, Sugar Land was given the title of the “Fittest City in Texas” for cities with 50,000-100,000 residents by the Texas Roundup program, a statewide fitness initiative.
Sugar Land is home to the Imperial Sugar headquarters, which is reflected by the design of the company's logo on the city seal. Also headquartered in the city are Western Airways and a major manufacturing facility for Nalco Chemical Company. Additionally, Sugar Land is home to numerous international energy, software, engineering, and product firms. The majority of the city's residents are white-collar professionals who work in Houston's renowned energy industry. There is speculation that Sugar Land could have the most affluent Asian American community in Texas, as the city is notable for its affluent minority populations.
For visitors and residents seeking entertainment in Sugar Land, Sugar Land Town Square is a great place to start. There are sidewalk cafes, an array of restaurants, shops, a Marriott Hotel and conference center, offices, homes, a public plaza, and the Sugar Land City Hall. The public plaza plays host to a series of events and festivals. The city hall, in conjunction with the public plaza, is the cornerstone of the Town Square district, and received the “Best Community Impact” award from the Houston Business Journal at the fifth annual Landmark Awards ceremony. Just outside of Town Square is the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center, home of the Houston Aeros practice facility. The center is also used as a public ice skating rink. Also located outside of Town Square is First Colony Mall, a large shopping mall that includes over 130 fine retailers. Other major stores are situated around First Colony Mall and extend into Sugar Land Town Square.