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Pearland Texas

Pronounced “Pear-land”, after the once abundant fruit trees that earned its namesake, Pearland, Texas a commuter suburb 20 minutes south of downtown Houston. Spanning Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris Counties, Pearland’s population has blossomed from 37,640 in 2000 to an estimated 52,402 in 2004, testament to the unprecedented growth that has made Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area the 7th fastest growing area in the nation.

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.

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