The City of Pearland is located in northern Brazoria County with a small portion of the city in Fort Bend and Harris County. Pearland sits just south of Houston; approximately 20 minutes traveling distance from Houston’s downtown, and is roughly bordered by Texas Highway 288 and Beltway 8.
Pearland became a siding switch on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway in the late 1882; the community was first named Mark Belt when a post office was established in 1892. The name was changed to Pearland in the fall of 1892 because of the many pear trees located in the area. At that time, local developers promoted the area as an agricultural Eden. Unfortunately the Hurricane of 1900 destroyed fruit trees; orchards were revived by planting oranges and figs until the 1918 freeze. The railroad depot helped the city stay alive by bringing new people and supplies. By the late 1930s, the discovery of oil outside Pearland and the rise in rice production gave Pearland the economic boost it needed.
Pearland is now the fastest growing city in Brazoria County with its residential population situated within two zip codes. Pearland children attend school in the Pearland Independent School District, but there are also some homes zoned in the Alvin Independent School District. Pearland has ranked first among Texas Retail Cities in Retail Growth among Texas’ 50 largest retail markets for 3 consecutive years. Shoppers have many choices between the 937,000 sq. ft. Pearland Town Center; the 750,000 sq. ft. Silverlake Village; the 500,000 sq. ft. Crossing at 518; and the 616,000 sq. ft. Shadow Creek Ranch Town Center, to name a few.
Because of Pearland’s close proximity to Houston, it is easy to take advantage of cultural events and activities, sports, and recreation. Residents can choose from a wide variety of housing options in more than 50 neighborhoods. Established homes found in the Old Town District offer a rich historic feel, while master-planned communities such as Shadow Creek Ranch, Silver Lake, and Silver Creek offer the newest in amenities.
The city’s name is “Pear-land”, not “Pearl-land”, even though you will no longer find pear orchards in the area. Today, you will find Pearland has much to offer; whether you work in Houston and are looking to settle in the ‘suburbs’, or you are looking to be part of this thriving community.
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