2020 Annual Community Guide: Get to know Pearland through census data

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Pearland is home to nearly 118,000 residents. (Haley Morrison)

Pearland is home to nearly 118,000 residents. (Haley Morrison)

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Pearland is home to nearly 118,000 residents. (Haley Morrison)
South Houston suburb Pearland has grown rapidly over the course of the last five years, as the population has increased nearly 21% since 2013. The median age of the Pearland resident is in the mid-30s. The monthly home value has also increased for the city since 2013.
By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.


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Harris County is exploring the creation of a new official in charge of elections, which would take effect Nov. 18, after the 2020 election cycle. (Graphic by Anya Gallant/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County moves forward with creation of elections administrator office

Harris County Commissioners Court is moving forward with the creation of an elections administrator office following the approval of a study Aug. 11.

The University of Texas will host football games at Darrell K. Royal Veterans Memorial Stadium this fall after an announcement from the Big 12 Conference on Aug. 12 that the fall sports season will continue. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
After Big Ten and PAC-12 cancel, Big 12 announces fall sports season will roll on

The conference football season will begin Sept. 26, and fan capacity in stadiums will be up to each of the 10 member universities, according to the Big 12.

The Pearland ISD board of trustees discusses the coronavirus' effect on the school year with staff at the  Aug. 11 board meeting. (Community Impact Staff screenshot)
Pearland ISD to start 2020-21 school year with flexible remote learning options

Pearland ISD talked about remote learning options at its Aug. 11 meeting.

With many school districts starting the school year remotely or offering remote instruction options for the 2020-21 school year, access to the internet and internet-accessible devices will be vital for educating amidst a global pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County aims to end digital divide among students through new $32.1M program

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There were 8,825 total cases in Galveston County at the start of August, marking an 8.8% increase over the course of the month. (Community Impact staff)
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Aug. 11 was the second day in the row during which the total number of newly confirmed cases in Harris County was below 1,000. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 942 new cases, 20 deaths confirmed Aug. 11

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The city of Pearland will convert the Pearland Parkway roundabout to a traffic circle. (Courtesy Papar Faircloth)
Pearland Parkway construction delayed, project to go to bid in October

The bond funded Pearland Parkway traffic improvements and a traffic circle on Pearland Parkway to replace the roundabout.

As the number of patients with COVID-19 in Harris County intensive care units continues to fall, the percentage of those patients that make up the total numbers in the ICU fall below 30% on Aug. 10. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Percentage of COVID-19 positive ICU patients falls below 30%

The percentage has been slowly falling since reaching a high point above 50% in early July, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. Public health officials in Harris County have said they want to see that number below 15%.

Here is a look at Brazoria County case counts for Aug. 7-9. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
DATA: A look at Brazoria County COVID-19 case count data for Aug. 7-9

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JD Sports will open a new store at The Woodlands Mall this August. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Businesses opening or coming soon in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

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Originally, the Coastal Texas Study included a proposal to build 76 miles of flood walls and levees to protect Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula from flooding during hurricanes. (Courtesy Coastal Texas Study)
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Here are the coronavirus data updates to know in Galveston County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Galveston County COVID-19 cases continue downward trend

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Galveston County reached 9,376 on Aug. 8, but the number of daily new cases is still trending down.