The study, conducted by consumer finance website NerdWallet.com, analyzed data from the U.S. Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics on population growth, unemployment rates and median income to answer these questions:
- Is the city growing?
- Do people earn high salaries?
- Are most people employed?
Even though the space program is contracting, the survey zeroed in on League City's location near the Johnson Space Center, which "provides aerospace jobs" and other major industries, including energy, medicine and tourism. "League City is the largest city in Galveston County and is renowned for its beautiful marinas, which offer easy access to a variety of boating activities." the survey noted.
Sugar Land has the highest median income of the Top 10 cities in the survey, at $50,598. "Despite its name, Sugar Land has been called the 'Fittest City in Texas' several times as part of the Texas Round-Up program. Sugar Land has a diverse economy, with major industries present, like energy, engineering software and manufacturing. Large employers in Sugar Land include Fluor and Schlumberger," the survey stated.
Five of the 10 cities were in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.