Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Area

Business Climate

  • Major Business Clusters: Chemicals, Energy, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Financial Services, Transportation & Logistics
  • Major Employers: Anadarko Energy, Apache, Baker Hughes, BASF Chemical, Bayer Corporation, Benchmark Electronics, BMC Software, BP, Broadcom, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Fluor Corp, Foxconn Corporation, GE Oil & Gas, Halliburton, Hilcorp Energy, Imperial Sugar, Lockheed Martin, National Oilwell Varco, Occidental, Phillips 66, Schlumberger, Shell Chemical, Transocean, United Airlines

Metro Area/Talent

  • Region Population: 7,086,277

  • Workforce Population: 3,317,800

  • Higher Education: Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland Community College District, Houston Community College System, Lee College, Lone Star College System District, Rice University, San Jacinto College, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, Wharton County Junior College
  • Health-Related Education: Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Chiropractic College, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston


  • Interstate Highways: I-10, I-45, I-69

  • Airports: George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport; William P. Hobby International Airport

  • Railroad Carriers (Class I): BNSF Railway, Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific Railroad
  • Seaports: Texas City, Freeport, Galveston, Palacios
  • Foreign Trade Zones: Six - No. 36 Galveston, No. 84 Harris County, No.149 Freeport, No.171 Liberty County, No.199 Texas City, No. 265 Conroe (Montgomery County)

Counties and Quick Links

Metropolitan Area: Greater Houston Region

Brazoria County: Pearland

Fort Bend County: Missouri CitySugar Land

Galveston CountyLeague City

Harris County: BaytownHoustonPasadena

Montgomery County: Conroe, The Woodlands

Other Counties: Liberty County

Sources: Metropolitan Areas, Office of the Governor Economic Development & Tourism, Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Workforce Commission