For more than 15 years, Fort Bend has been in the top 20 counties in the United States for economic excellence and population growth. Since 2010 Fort Bend County has seen a population increase of 7.2%, making it one of the top ten fastest growing large counties according to Forbes. Since 2000 employment has increased 78%, in part due to the expansion of energy companies outside Houston. Fort Bend County is now home to more than 800,000 people living in Fulshear, Katy, Meadows Place, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Stafford and Sugar Land. The population of Fort Bend County grew 40% from 2000 to 2010 according to census reports (2000 population 354,452 vs. 2010 population 585,375). 2012 estimates report 200,202 households and 162,846 families residing in the county.
Excellent schools, affordable housing, and extensive recreational facilities have attracted families with impressive demographic profiles. This results in a local employment base that provides relocating companies with a diverse mix of professional, technical, skilled, and unskilled labor with the highest educational attainment levels in the region. (Major Employers in Fort Bend County)
Fort Bend County is a diverse community with a growing Asian population approaching 20% and is home to one of the nations largest Hindu temples. The racial makeup of the county is: White: 50.6% Black or African American: 21.5% Native American: .4% Asian: 17% Other races: 7.6% Two or more races: 2.9% Hispanic or Latino of any race: 23.7%