Pearland is 83 percent residential, which, without a major industry, remains a primary draw for new residents, most of whom earn their living in Houston. The median income for a household in the city was $64,156, and the median income for a family was $70,748. The city is home to over 38 master-planned communities including the amenity-friendly Silverlake, Shadow Creek Ranch and Banbury Cross among the most popular subdivisions in Brazoria County. Pearland is also home to four lush golf-course communities.
Homes in Pearland overall range from the $150s to over $500K. Pearland’s largest employers are a reflection of the city’s suburban economy, with a scarce few businesses related to the oil industry. The largest employer is the Pearland Independent School District, with 1800 employees. Second is Wal-Mart, which operates several stores in town and employs 800 people. Pearland’s third largest employer is itself: The city of Pearland retains around 429 employees. Rounding out the top 10 are Randalls (Grocery), 250; Kemlon (Oil field services), 185; TurboCare (Turbo machinery manufacturing and repair), 175; Target Stores (Retail) 150, Tele-Flow (Heating/ventilation/air conditioning) 140, Lowes (Building materials), 132.
Pearland primary and secondary education is shared by Pearland, Alvin, Houston and Pasadena Independent School Districts.