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Brazoria County Boasts New Development, Emerging as Premier Destination for Residents and Businesses

Published Jan 18, 2024 by Hailea Schultz

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Consistently named one the “fastest growing counties in the region,” Brazoria County has recently witnessed significant growth and development, emerging as a thriving residential hub and premier business location. 

Groundbreaking new developments, such as the Manvel Town Center and master-planned communities including Meridiana and Sterling Lakes in Iowa Colony, have contributed to the county’s growth, transforming its small-town feel into a vibrant and bustling atmosphere.  

According to the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Economic Resilience Profile, “Brazoria County grew by 104% from 1980 to 2015 and is expected to reach 574,000 residents by 2040.” 

Several key elements fuel the ongoing growth of the county, rendering it an enticing destination for both businesses and residents, including: 

Business Community 

Spanning nearly 2,000 square miles, Brazoria County consists of over 23 cities, with Pearland, Lake Jackson, Alvin, Angleton and Freeport being the most populous. 

Offering a strategic location on the Gulf Coast near Houston, a skilled labor force with nearly 200,000 workers, robust infrastructure consisting of four major highways, Port Freeport and the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport, Brazoria County has cemented itself as an attractive destination for businesses. 

With a diverse range of industries such as construction, manufacturing, petrochemicals, and healthcare, Brazoria County has nurtured a dynamic business ecosystem, drawing the attention of both major corporations and innovative startups. 

In 2022, clean tech startup Syzygy Plasmonics chose Pearland as its headquarters after securing $23 million in Series B funding. Since then, Syzygy has expanded to over 100 employees with ambitious plans for further growth. 

“Syzygy is helping put Pearland at the forefront of the clean energy industry,” said Matt Buchanan, president of the Pearland Economic Development Corporation in a statement. “With companies like Syzygy, we are creating a community that is an incubator for innovation.” 

Millar Inc., a leading medical device manufacturer, also recently relocated its headquarters to Pearland, opening a 56,000 square-foot R&D manufacturing and warehousing facility in the Lower Kirby District.  

Other top employers in the county include Dow, with nearly 4,000 employees, Kelsey-Seybold, Olin Corporation, Phillips 66, Marquis Construction Services, UTMB Health and INEOS.  

Quality of Life 

In addition to its robust business community, Brazoria County is known for its exceptional quality of life, offering a low cost-of-living, a flourishing economy and three higher education institutions, including Alvin Community College, Brazosport College and University of Houston-Clear Lake at Pearland.  

According to the Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County, “71.1% of Brazoria County residents 25+ are high school graduates or higher and 32% hold a bachelor's degree or higher.” 

Along with its quality education system, the county boasts an array of parks and green spaces, consistently being named one of the “Best Counties in Texas for Outdoor Activities," according to the Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County.  

With sprawling parks, scenic trails, and access to the Gulf Coast, the county provides a haven for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and water sports. A few of the county’s hidden gems include, Surfside Beach, the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and Froberg’s Farm. 

New Development  

Thanks to recent business growth, the county is experiencing a transformative wave with a notable influx of master-planned communities and mixed-use developments that are reshaping the residential landscape of the region. A few recent development projects include: 

Ashland, an 880-acre master-planned community, is underway in Angleton, making it the city’s first ever planned community of its kind. The new community will offer 2,450 homes, space for an elementary and junior high school and 200 acres of amenity space, including a nature preserve, a recreational center, a resort-style pool and more. 

Manvel Town Center, a new 273-acre mixed-use development, aims to transform this small-town's way of life, offering an array of retail options that were previously not available in the area. While the development is still undergoing construction, HEB and Mcdonald’s opened late last year.  

Sandy Point, a 954-acre master-planned community, is set to breathe life into the small city of Iowa Colony, offering over 2,000 single-family homes, parks and green spaces, a pool, clubhouse and more. The first phase is expected to be completed later this year.  

The Landing at Pearland, a gated 55-acre manufactured home community, recently opened, offering an enticing blend of affordability and upscale amenities that are found in master-planned communities. Along with 420 home sites, The Landing provides a plethora of amenities, including a pool, game room, club house, basketball court and dog park.  

Learn more about the counties that make up the greater Houston region.

 

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