Fort Bend County, Texas

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Fort Bend County, Texas
Fort bend courthouse.jpg
Richmond's Fort Bend County Courthouse in November 2008
Seal of Fort Bend County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Fort Bend County
Location in the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1838
Named for A blockhouse positioned in a bend of the Brazos River
Seat Richmond
Largest city Sugar Land
 • Total 885 sq mi (2,292 km2)
 • Land 861 sq mi (2,230 km2)
 • Water 24 sq mi (62 km2), 2.7%
 • (2010) 585,375
 • Density 697/sq mi (269/km2)
Congressional districts 9th, 22nd
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Fort Bend County Court House in 1948

Fort Bend County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 585,375,[1] making it the tenth-most populous county in Texas. Fort Bend County is the wealthiest county in Texas with a median household income of $95,389 and a median family income of $105,944, having surpassed Collin and Rockwall counties (Dallas suburbs) since the 2000 census.[2] The county seat is Richmond,[3] while its largest city is Sugar Land. The county was founded in 1837 and organized the next year.[4] It is named for a blockhouse at a bend of the Brazos River; the fort was the start of the community in early days.

Fort Bend County is included in the HoustonThe Woodlands–Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was listed by Forbes as the 5th fastest-growing county in the United States.[5] The 2016 Census Bureau estimate for Fort Bend County's population is 741,237.[6]


Prior to European settlement, the area was inhabited by the Karankawa Indians. Mexican colonists had generally not reached this area, settling more in south Texas.

After Mexico achieved independence from Spain, Anglo-Americans started entering from the east. In 1822, a group of Stephen F. Austin's colonists, headed by William Travis, built a fort at the present site of Richmond. The fort was called "Fort Bend", since it was built in the bend of the Brazos River.[7] The city of Richmond was incorporated under the Republic of Texas along with nineteen other towns in 1837. Fort Bend County was created from parts of Austin, Harris, and Brazoria counties in 1838.

Fort Bend developed a plantation economy based on cotton and, due to the high number of African-American slaves held as laborers, it was one of six majority-black counties in the state by the 1850s.[8] In 1860 the slave population totaled 4,127, more than twice that of the 2,016 whites.[9] There were very few free blacks, as Texas refused them entry.

While the area began to attract immigrants in the late 19th century, it continued as majority black during and after Reconstruction, when Republicans were elected to office. By the 1880s, most white residents belonged to the Democratic Party, but factional tensions were fierce, largely along racial lines. The Jaybirds, representing the majority of the whites, were struggling to regain control from the Woodpeckers, who were made up of some whites consistently elected to office by the majority of African-Americans; several had been former Republican officials during Reconstruction. Fort Bend County was the site of the Jaybird–Woodpecker War in 1888-1889. After a few murders were committed, the political feud culminated in a gun-battle at the courthouse on August 16, 1889 when several more people were killed and the Woodpeckers were routed from the seat of government.[10]

Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross sent in militia forces and declared martial law. With his support, the Jaybirds ordered a list of certain blacks and Woodpecker officials out of the county. The Jaybirds took over county offices and established a "white-only pre-primary," disenfranchising the African Americans from the only competitive contests in the county.[10] This device lasted until 1950 when Willie Melton and Arizona Fleming won a lawsuit against the practice in United States District Court, though it was overturned on appeal. In 1953 they ultimately won their suit when the Jaybird primary was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States in Terry v. Adams,[11] the last of the white primaries cases.[12]

20th century to present[edit]

In the middle 1950s, Fort Bend and neighboring Galveston counties were plagued by organized crime, which was involved with the brothels and illegal casinos. A crusading newspaper editor, Clymer Wright of the Fort Bend Reporter, joined with state officials and the Texas Rangers to rid the area of such corruption. Wright defied death threats to report on the issues and clean up the community.[13] Wright soon sold his paper, now known as the Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster.[14]

While party alignments have changed since the early 20th century, with conservative whites now supporting the Republican Party, minority voting by minorities has been reviewed by the federal government under provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In April 2009, as part of a settlement with the United States Department of Justice, officials of Fort Bend County agreed to increase assistance to Spanish-speaking Latino voters in elections held in the county.[15]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 885 square miles (2,290 km2), of which 861 square miles (2,230 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (2.7%) is water.[16]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,533
1860 6,143 142.5%
1870 7,114 15.8%
1880 9,380 31.9%
1890 10,586 12.9%
1900 16,538 56.2%
1910 18,168 9.9%
1920 22,931 26.2%
1930 29,718 29.6%
1940 32,963 10.9%
1950 31,056 −5.8%
1960 40,527 30.5%
1970 52,314 29.1%
1980 130,846 150.1%
1990 225,421 72.3%
2000 354,452 57.2%
2010 585,375 65.1%
Est. 2016 741,237 [6] 26.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[17]
1850–2010[18] 2010–2014[1]
Demographic profile[19] 2010
Total Population 585,375 – 100.0%
Not Hispanic or Latino 446,408 – 76.3%
White alone 211,680 – 36.2%
Black or African American alone 123,267 – 21.1%
Asian alone 98,762 – 16.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1,159 – 0.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 174 – 0.0%
Some other race alone 1,341 – 0.2%
Two or more races alone 10,025 – 1.7%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 138,967 – 23.7%

As of the census[20] of 2000, there were 354,452 people, 110,915 households, and 93,057 families residing in the county. The population density was 405 people per square mile (156/km²). There were 115,991 housing units at an average density of 133 per square mile (51/km²). The racial or ethnic makeup of the county was 56.96% White (46.21% White Non-Hispanic), 19.85% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 11.20% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 9.10% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. 21.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Other self-identifications were 8.8% of German ancestry, 6.3% American and 5.8% English ancestry according to the 2000 United States Census.

In 2006 Fort Bend county had a population of 493,187. This represented a growth of 39.1% since 2000. The county's racial or ethnic makeup was 53.96% White (39.63% White Non-Hispanic), 20.88% African American, 14.77% Asian, 0.51% Native American, 7.73% other races and 2.14% from two or more races. 22.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.82% of the population was foreign born; of this, 50.24% came from Asia, 37.17% came from Latin America, 5.74% from Africa, 5.28% from Europe and 1.57% from other parts of the world.

In 2000 there were 110,915 households out of which 49.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.80% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.10% were non-families. 13.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.46.

In the county, the age distribution of the population shows 32.00% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 32.30% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 5.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

As of 2002, the largest two cities within Fort Bend County were Missouri City and Sugar Land, with portions of Houston combining to make up the county's third largest "city". In that year, 38,000 residents of the City of Houston lived in Fort Bend County.[21]

According to the 2008 American Community Survey, the median income for a household in the county was $81,456, and the median income for a family was $90,171.[22] Males had a median income of $54,139 versus $41,353 for females. The per capita income for the county was $30,862. About 5.50% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.50% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2006 Fort Bend County is the wealthiest county in Texas with a median household income of $95,389 and a median family income of $105,944, having surpassed Collin and Rockwall counties (Dallas suburbs) since the 2000 census.[23] However, the Council for Community and Economic Research ranked Fort Bend County as America's 3rd wealthiest county when the local cost of living was factored into the equation with median household income.[24]

However, this estimate does not include property taxes and local taxes, as they didn't measure effective tax rates and home insurance. Fort Bend County, along with other Texas counties, has one of the nation's highest property tax rates.

In 2007, it was ranked 5th in the nation for property taxes as percentage of the homes value on owner occupied housing. The list only includes counties with a population over 65,000 for accuracy.[25] Fort Bend County also ranked in the top 100 for amount of property taxes paid and for percentage of taxes of income. Part of this is due to the complex Robin Hood plan school financing law that exists in Texas.[26]

Ethnic backgrounds[edit]

Since the 1970s, Fort Bend County has been attracting people from all types of ethnic backgrounds. According to a 2001 Claritas study, it was the fifth-most diverse U.S. county, among counties with a population of 100,000 or more.[27]

It is one of a growing number of U.S. counties with an ethnic plurality, with no single ethnic group forming a majority of the population. Fort Bend County also has the highest percentage of Asian Americans in the Southern United States; the largest groups are of Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, and Filipino ancestry. By 2011 Fort Bend was ranked the fourth-most racially diverse county in the United States by USA Today. The newspaper based the ranking on calculating the probability that two persons selected at random would be of different ethnic groups or races. According to the USA Today methodology, the chance of people of being two different ethnic groups/races being selected was 75%. Karl Eschbach, a former demographer with the State of Texas, said in a 2011 Houston Chronicle article that many people from Houston neighborhoods and communities with clear racial identities, such as the East End, Sunnyside, and the Third Ward, moved to suburban areas that were too new to have established racial identities. Eschbach explained "[a]s a large minority middle class started to emerge, Fort Bend was virgin territory that all groups could move to."[28]

Government and politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[29]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 44.8% 117,291 51.4% 134,686 3.9% 10,089
2012 52.9% 116,126 46.1% 101,144 1.0% 2,219
2008 50.9% 103,206 48.5% 98,368 0.6% 1,248
2004 57.4% 93,625 42.1% 68,722 0.5% 822
2000 59.6% 73,567 38.5% 47,569 1.9% 2,373
1996 53.8% 49,945 41.1% 38,163 5.1% 4,748
1992 46.6% 41,039 34.1% 29,992 19.3% 17,000
1988 62.4% 39,818 36.6% 23,351 1.0% 615
1984 68.7% 41,370 31.1% 18,729 0.2% 110
1980 66.3% 25,366 30.3% 11,583 3.5% 1,337
1976 60.3% 17,354 39.1% 11,264 0.6% 169
1972 69.4% 10,475 30.1% 4,541 0.5% 73
1968 39.7% 4,573 39.0% 4,493 21.3% 2,448
1964 36.0% 3,493 63.8% 6,186 0.2% 20
1960 42.8% 3,301 56.3% 4,339 0.9% 71
1956 59.8% 3,779 39.0% 2,464 1.2% 73
1952 55.0% 3,974 44.9% 3,241 0.2% 11
1948 28.1% 1,016 57.0% 2,058 14.9% 539
1944 11.1% 442 69.9% 2,781 19.0% 757
1940 19.4% 748 80.6% 3,101
1936 6.3% 176 93.3% 2,588 0.4% 11
1932 4.5% 148 95.2% 3,109 0.3% 8
1928 26.8% 631 73.1% 1,724 0.1% 2
1924 15.8% 356 75.1% 1,690 9.1% 204
1920 0.0% 0 2.9% 27 97.1% 902
1916 28.9% 329 69.1% 788 2.0% 23
1912 24.9% 276 61.2% 679 14.0% 155

County politics in Fort Bend County, as with all counties in Texas, are centered around a Commissioners' Court. It is composed of four popularly elected County Commissioners, one representing each precinct drawn decennially on the basis of population, and a county judge elected to represent the entire county. Other county officials include a Sheriff, District Attorney, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Clerk, District Clerk, County Treasurer, and County Attorney.

Historically, Fort Bend County was for decades a stronghold for the Democratic Party, having achieved disenfranchisement of blacks at the county level (1889) in the aftermath of the Jaybird–Woodpecker War.[10] The state effectively disfranchised blacks by imposition of a poll tax and white primaries; the latter device was declared unconstitutional in 1944. By 1960, so few Republicans resided in Fort Bend County that the county's Republican chair once received a letter addressed simply to "Mr. Republican".[30] However, as the 1960s progressed, rapid suburban-style development in west and southwest Houston began to overflow into Fort Bend County, where the development of numerous master-planned communities attracted many upper-middle-class families to developments in the eastern portion of the county. Richard Nixon would narrowly carry the county in 1968, making it the only county in Greater Houston outside of Harris County to go Republican that year, and again in his 1972 landslide. In 1976, conservative physician Ron Paul of Brazoria County, noted for his opposition to most government programs, which earned him the nickname "Dr. No", would capture the 22nd district in the United States House of Representatives in a special election, before narrowly losing reelection in the November election that also saw Gerald Ford win Fort Bend, despite losing Texas to eventual winner Jimmy Carter.

Beginning in 1978, Republicans began to win several offices within the county, with William P. Clements carrying the county in his successful run for governor. That same year, Paul would be returned to Congress, while businessman Tom DeLay would capture the county's seat in the Texas House of Representatives. In 1984, DeLay succeeded Paul in Congress after the latter ran for an unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign, and would eventually become House Majority Leader by 2002. From 1982 onward, Republicans began to win a number of county-level offices and judgeships, and Fort Bend County's new reputation as a Republican stronghold culminated in the 1994 election of a Republican County Judge to the Commissioners' Court for the first time since Reconstruction. As of 2016, every elected countywide office in Fort Bend County, as well as a majority of precinct-level positions, is held by Republicans.

However, with growing populations of minorities and more socially moderate suburban voters who often break Republican on fiscal and economic issues, Fort Bend County has become more competitive recently. In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama came very close to winning the county in heavy voting, with 48.6 percent of the vote compared to 50.9 percent for Republican John McCain. Eight years later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first Democrat to carry the county since Texas' own Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, largely due to the unpopularity of Republican nominee and eventual winner Donald Trump among many minority and suburban voters nationally who ended up splitting their tickets between Clinton and an otherwise straight Republican vote; Republicans won every elected countywide office by a margin similar to Clinton's while also defeating an incumbent Democrat on the Fort Bend County Commissioners' Court.[31][32]

Overall, the county is now often considered a swing county in Texas politics, with election results usually tilting more Democratic than the overall statewide results. Elections within the county are often decided by margins in more Republican-leaning areas in Sugar Land, Rosenberg and southern Missouri City, with Republicans dominating in the Katy, Fulshear and rural southern areas of the county and Democrats having their stronghold in the county's northeast corner around northern Missouri City and Fresno, as well as heavily Hispanic Mission Bend (north of Sugar Land).

Commissioners' Court[edit]

Commissioners Name Party First Elected Communities Represented
  Judge Bob Hebert Republican 2002 Countywide
  Precinct 1 Vincent Morales [33] Republican 2016 Arcola, Beasley, Fairchilds, Fresno, Greatwood, Needville, Orchard, Richmond, Rosenberg, Sienna Plantation
  Precinct 2 Grady Prestage Democratic 1990 eastern Stafford, most of Missouri City east of FM 1092, Meadows Place, Mission Bend
  Precinct 3 Andy Meyers Republican 1996 Cinco Ranch, Fulshear, Lakemont, Pecan Grove, Simonton, small portions of Sugar Land
  Precinct 4 James Patterson Republican 1998 Most of Sugar Land, Missouri City west of FM 1092, New Territory, Riverstone

United States Congress[edit]

Senators Name Party First Elected Level
  Senate Class 1 Ted Cruz Republican 2012 Junior Senator
  Senate Class 2 John Cornyn Republican 2002 Senior Senator
Representatives Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Fort Bend County Represented
  District 9 Al Green Democratic 2004 Mission Bend, eastern portion of Stafford, northern and eastern portions of Missouri City, county's entire share of Houston
  District 22 Pete Olson Republican 2008 Majority of Sugar Land, Rosenberg and Greater Katy areas, plus Fulshear, western and southern Missouri City and Stafford

Texas Legislature[edit]

Texas Senate[edit]

District Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Fort Bend County Represented
  13 Borris Miles Democratic 2016 Northern portions of Missouri City, Stafford, county's share of Houston
  17 Joan Huffman Republican 2008 most of Sugar Land, Mission Bend and southern Missouri City
  18 Lois Kolkhorst Republican 2015 (special) Richmond, Rosenberg, Katy, Fulshear, Needville

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

District Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Fort Bend County Represented
  26 Rick Miller Republican 2012 Most of Sugar Land, plus Richmond, Pecan Grove and Greatwood
  27 Ron Reynolds Democratic 2010 Missouri City, Sienna Plantation, Fresno and county's share of Houston
  28 John M. Zerwas Republican 2006 Northern areas of county including Cinco Ranch, Fulshear and Richmond
  85 Phil Stephenson Republican 2012 Southern areas including Rosenberg, Needville and Riverstone; majority of district located in Wharton and Jackson counties


The Fort Bend County Jail is located at 1410 Williams Way Boulevard in Richmond.[34]

Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates the following facilities in Fort Bend County, all at the Jester State Prison Farm site:

Prisons for men:

Other facilities:

  • Jester I Unit – Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (Unincorporated area)[37] (Co-located with the Jester units)
  • Jester IV Unit – Psychiatric Facility (Unincorporated area)[38] (Co-located with the Jester units)

The TDCJ announced that the Central Unit in Sugar Land was closing in 2011. The City of Sugar Land is exploring the property for future economic development, including light industrial uses, as well as a potential expansion of Sugar Land Regional Airport.[39]

County buildings[edit]


In contrast to Greater Houston in general, Fort Bend County's economy tends to be more diverse, with numerous service-sector jobs in healthcare, energy, education, hospitality and other areas. Major companies with a presence in the county include Schlumberger, Minute Maid, Fluor and Sunoco's logistics operations in Sugar Land. The Houston Business Journal reported in 2010 that the diversity of industries promoted decades of rapid population growth.[40] After Memorial Hermann Hospital and St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital opened facilities in Fort Bend County, already home to local facilities for Houston Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land, as well as locally based OakBend Medical Center in Richmond, numerous doctors moved their offices to the county.[41] Compared to Montgomery County, which has experienced rapid growth in corporate employment following ExxonMobil's decision to move its Greater Houston operations to an area directly south of The Woodlands, Fort Bend County has yet to experience significant corporate growth, even though Schlumberger recently announced plans to move its North American headquarters to Sugar Land.


Public school districts[edit]

Kendleton Independent School District closed in 2010.

Higher education[edit]

Technical school[edit]


Fort Bend County Libraries operates many libraries in the county.

Houston Public Library operates one branch in the county.


Local newspapers in the county include three weeklies, the Fort Bend Star, headquartered in Stafford, and the Fort Bend Independent and Fort Bend Sun, headquartered in Sugar Land, as well as the daily Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster which focuses on news coverage in the Richmond-Rosenberg area. Fort Bend County is also a major service area for the Houston Chronicle, which provides separate local coverage for the Sugar Land and Katy areas.


Major highways[edit]

Farm to Market Road 1092, a major entry into the county


The sole publicly owned airport in the county is Sugar Land Regional Airport in Sugar Land.

Privately owned airports for public use include:

Privately owned airports for private use include:

The following general aviation heliports (all privately owned, for private use) exist in unincorporated areas:

  • Dewberry Heliport is in an unincorporated area between Fulshear and Katy

The closest airport with regularly scheduled commercial service is Houston's William P. Hobby Airport in Harris County.[citation needed] The Houston Airport System stated that Fort Bend County is within the primary service area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston in Harris County.[42]

Mass transit[edit]

Fort Bend County officially created a department of Public Transportation in 2005 that provides commuter buses to Uptown, Greenway Plaza, and Texas Medical Center. It also provides Demand and Response Buses to Senior Citizens and the General Public that travel only in Fort Bend County to anywhere in Fort Bend County.[43] Portions of the county, e.g., Katy, Missouri City, are participants in the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County and are served by several Park and Ride routes.

Freeway system[edit]

The TTC-69 component (recommended preferred) of the once-planned Trans-Texas Corridor went through Fort Bend County.[44]

Toll roads[edit]

The Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority (FBCTRA), located in Sugar Land, manages and operates tolled portions of three toll roads operating in the county:


Cities (multiple counties)[edit]




Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost Towns[edit]

See also[edit]


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  44. ^ TxDoT, TTC Section C & S, Detailed Maps 2 & 3, 2007-12-17[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°32′N 95°46′W / 29.53°N 95.77°W / 29.53; -95.77