Woods & Poole recently released their growth projections as of 2021, and Fort Bend County continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.
Once a small community with a couple hundred thousand residents, Fort Bend has grown to nearly 900,000 people, and projections are growth will continue. Growth projections estimate the county will exceed 1 million residents by 2027, and by 2050, the Fort Bend County is expected to have 1.8 million residents.
Growth is not new to Fort Bend. From 2010 to 2023, the population in Fort Bend grew from 590,253 to an estimated 857,324. Comparing the past 29-year growth with the expected next 29-year growth demonstrates that, although the growth won’t be as massive as the initial growth phase, the numbers are still significantly impactful. From 1992 to 2021, Fort Bend grew by 239 percent, and from 2021 to 2050, that increase is expected to be about 144 percent.
“The question is obvious: Why Fort Bend? The answer is clear: Fort Bend is Greater Houston’s Finest Address,” Jeffrey C. Wiley, President and CEO of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council, said.
Fort Bend County is one of the most desirable locations in Greater Houston, which is now expected to be the third largest metro in the nation. The Greater Houston Partnership estimates the metro Houston saw the third largest increase in population growth in the nation from June 2019 to June 2020, surpassing 7.1 million residents. Fort Bend County, known as Greater Houston’s Finest Address, leads this fast growing region in nearly every category: educational attainment, diversity, cost of living, average household income, safety, and innovation index. These factors, tied to exceptional schools and gorgeous master planned communities, attract families and young people to the county.
Further, Fort Bend’s commercial growth has followed the rooftops, with our commercial values skyrocketing as well. Fort Bend County amassed $26 billion in total GDP in 2020, a 5.2 percent growth rate the past 10 years.
From 2010 to 2020, the county’s commercial value has grown 74%. Businesses like Amazon, Dollar Tree, and Aldi are attracted to the county’s strategic location, access to markets, pro-business culture and highly trained workforce. Companies like Texas Instruments, Frito-Lay, and Fluor, long-time Fort Bend commercial residents, have stayed here.
, expanding their footprints and employing thousands.