No place like home
Booming Houston 'burb is a best U.S city for families, says Fortune
The "Sweetest City in Texas" has landed on a prestigious list of best places for families in the U.S. Fortuneputs Sugar Land No. 17 its new list of the 25 best places in the U.S. for families to live in 2022.
North Texas suburb Wylie is the only other Texas city to make the report, coming in at an impressive No. 2. Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the top spot.
Fortune notes that Sugar Land, once home to a major sugar refinery, is one of Texas' fastest growing cities. The survey lauds Sugar Land's outstanding schools, ranked 20 percent rated above average by GreatSchools. To that end, the suburb boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate, while nearly 60 percent of residents aged 25 and older holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.
As for quality of life, Sugar Land residents earn an average $121,665 per year, while the average home costs $399,250.
Healthcare also receives high marks, with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital cited for receiving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2016, the nation’s highest presidential honor for excellence in health care. Seniors enjoy many living options, including five assisted-living facilities with five-star ratings.
As anyone who's visited knows, the area has a strong sense of community, fostered in part by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, which hosts such events as a Sugar Gala, an International Art and Kite Festival, and a Fall Fest.
As for No. 2-rated Wylie, Fortune writes: "With its start as a stop on the Santa Fe Railway in the 1880s, Wylie has always been a gathering place. In fact, because shops stayed open late to accommodate the railway visitors and business, one of the town’s nicknames became 'Wide-Awake Wylie.' The historic downtown continues that tradition of community today..."
To come up with its ranking, Fortune combed through mounds of data for almost 2,000 communities in the U.S.