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Fort Bend County Profile

Fort Bend County is in the coastal plains of southeastern Texas. Richmond, the county seat, is twenty-eight miles west-southwest of Houston and at the approximate center of the county. The county encompasses a total of 875.0 square miles (562,560 acres). The terrain varies from level to gently rolling with elevations from 80 to 250 feet above sea level, with an average elevation of 85 feet. US 59 (I69) traverses the center of the County from northeast to southwest, while US 90A crosses from east to west and I10 just clips the northern edge of the county. State Highways (SH) 6, 36 and 99 (the Grand Parkway) provide important north-south routes.  Neighboring counties are Austin, Brazoria, Harris, Waller and Wharton.

The growing season is 296 days, with an average annual rainfall of 45.3 inches. The average first freeze date in the fall is December 7, and the average last freeze date is February 14.  Temperatures range from a mean minimum in January of 41º to a mean maximum in July of 93º.  Extremes in climatic changes are usually short in duration.

Natural Resources
Fort Bend County has approximately 11 square miles of surface water in rivers, creeks and small lakes. The County is drained by the Brazos and San Bernard Rivers as well as Oyster Creek.  The Brazos River formed a broad alluvial valley, up to ten miles wide in places. The resulting fertile soils have been a major contributing factor to the agricultural industry in the County. 

The three permanently floatable waterways in Fort Bend County are the Brazos River, the San Bernard River south of Farm to Market Road 442, and Oyster Creek south of State Highway 6.  The San Bernard River south of Interstate Highway 10 is a seasonally floatable waterway, shared on the west with adjacent counties. Soils vary from the rich alluvial soils in the Brazos River.

Cultural Resources
Fort Bend County citizens enjoy a number of opportunities to celebrate their historic and cultural heritage at the Fort Bend County Fair in October, Texian Market Days at the George Ranch in October, and the Fort Bend County Czech Fest in May. Points of interest are the Fort Bend Museum, Museum of Southern History, George Memorial Library, George Observatory and Challenger Space Center of Fort Bend, Brazos Bend State Park, the George Ranch Historical Park, the Thomas Barnett Home and the Imperial Sugar Refinery complex.

Fort Bend County’s population is among the fast growing in the United States. Since 1986, Fort Bend County has led the region surrounding Houston in population and employment growth. Population has grown from 178,462 in 1986 and exceeded 650,000 in 2013. 

The population increases daily with the construction of new homes and subdivisions.  The resale of homes totaled 12,697 in Fort Bend while new home sales numbered 6,869 for a total of 19,566 houses sold in 2004. According to the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council, the average home price for resale in 2004 was $192,108 while the new home average was $230,840

Household Income
Employment has increased from 44,045 in 1986 to over 210,000 in 2004. The average household income in Fort Bend County is over $91,000, which is generally higher in Fort Bend County than in the surrounding counties and the national average. 

Source:  Handbook of Texas Online and Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council

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