Believe it or not, 2020 was two years ago. And right after we started social distancing, the City of Sugar Land worked diligently to make sure that Sugar Landers were completing the 2020 Census. Now, the results are in.
Sugar Land’s population increased by more than 30,000
There are now 111,026 people who call Sugar Land home, according to the 2020 Census. Sugar Land welcomed over 30,000 new Sugar Landers since the 2010 Census where the population topped out at 78,817. Continued development in parts of the city contributed significantly to this increase, including the completion of Telfair, continued development in Lake Pointe, and the annexation of Greatwood and New Territory in 2017.
We grew! But not as much as we thought.
The City of Sugar Land’s planning team and the U.S. Census Bureau – who make estimates between decennial censuses — initially thought the population would grow to be closer to 118,000. “All estimates are just that – estimates,” Long Range City Planner Ruth Lohmer said. “They are different because everyone uses different methodologies to come up with them.” This is different from the Census, which is an actual count of every person living in the city.
Planner II Ethan Cantu said that though the City might not have experienced the growth that was estimated, there’s no reason to be concerned.
“We project we will that continue to keep growing, but just not as quickly as at previous points in our history,” Cantu said. “It’s just where we are right now as a city.”
Sugar Land had the highest self-response rate in Texas
The 2020 Census was the first time residents could complete their Census entirely online. This helped contribute to an 81.6% self-response rate, which was just under the 85% self-response from the 2010 Census. For cities over 100,000, Sugar Land had the highest self-response rate in Texas and was in the top 10 nationally!
The Complete Count Committee, a group of residents tasked with educating the community and encouraging residents to fill out their Census, played a huge role in Sugar Land’s success.
“During the Census time, there was a lot going on in the world,” Cantu said. “COVID was only a few months in, and the election was coming up. These factors added additional barriers to getting an accurate response from our diverse population. But despite that, we were able to have one of the highest self-response rates in the country. There’s a lot that we should be proud of.”
For more information on the 2020 Census, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/Census2020.