Sugar Land, Texas gets its name from the sugar plantations that made this part of Eastern Texas the economic powerhouse it is today. Though there’s no sugar cane to be seen anymore, life in Sugar Land is still pretty sweet. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, one of the safest cities around, and, with a median family income of over $100,000, one of the most affluent in the nation.
A car is a must in Sugar Land as this city doesn’t have access to public transportation. Though much of the Houston Metropolitan area is serviced by METRO busses and rail lines, Sugar Land has voted to keep taxes lower by excluding itself from the METRO system. There is talk of extending the METRORail into Sugar Land, though nothing has been planned. As a large city, walking and cycling aren’t viable options for getting all the way across town, though the downtown area has been designed with pedestrians in mind, and many of the planned communities make it easy to walk around the neighborhood.