Census population estimates for 2019 show growth in Missouri City, decrease in Sugar Land

The U.S. Census Bureau released 2019 population estimates May 21. (Chase Brooks/Community Impact Newspaper)
The U.S. Census Bureau released 2019 population estimates May 21. (Chase Brooks/Community Impact Newspaper)

The U.S. Census Bureau released 2019 population estimates May 21. (Chase Brooks/Community Impact Newspaper)

While the number of Missouri City residents continues to increase, the city of Sugar Land saw a slight decline in population for the second year in a row, according to 2019 population estimates released May 21 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The data shows Sugar Land’s population fell from 118,77 residents in July 2018 to 118,488 residents in July 2019.

During that same time, the population of Missouri City increased from 74,834 residents to 75,457 residents.


The population of Sugar Land grew 9.75% from 2010-17, reaching a total of 118,967 residents in July 2017, according to the bureau. With 118,488 residents estimated in 2019, the city’s population has returned approximately to its 2015 numbers.

In the past decade, Missouri City has seen its population grow 12.78% from 66,905 residents in 2010.



Additionally, Fort Bend County’s population grew 3% from 787,858 residents in July 2018 to 811,688 residents in July 2019. Since 2010, the county’s population has increased by 38.8%.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.