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Fort Bend County is a county in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 585,375, making it the tenth-most populous
county in Texas. The county seat is Richmond, while its largest city is Sugar Land. The county was founded in 1837 and organized the next
year. It is named for a blockhouse at a bend of the Brazos River; the fort was the start of the community in early days.
Fort Bend County is included in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area.
a blockhouse positioned in a bend of the Brazos River which was the center of life in the future county in early days
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Fort Bend County is a county located along the Gulf Coast region in the US state of Texas. Since the 1970s Fort Bend County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. It is named for a blockhouse positioned in a bend of the Brazos River, which was the center of life in the future county in early days. Its county seat is Richmond, while its largest city is Sugar Land.
Handbook of Texas Online
In May 1837 the Congress of the Republic of Texas passed an act incorporating nineteen towns, including Richmond. Robert Eden Handy of Pennsylvania and William Lusk of Richmond, Virginia, both of whom had arrived in Texas shortly before the war for independence from Mexico, founded and named the town with eight other proprietors, including Branch T. Archer, Thomas Freeman McKinney, and Samuel May Williams. An act establishing Fort Bend County and fixing its boundaries was passed on December 29, 1837; Wyly Martin was appointed the first chief justice. On January 13, 1838, the citizens voted to make Richmond the county seat. The county was taken from portions of Austin, Brazoria, and Harris counties. Its irregular shape was, in part, the result of using waterways to form the west and segments of the south and east boundaries. Several efforts have been made to change the lines but with little success. More at
Virginia Laird Ott, "FORT BEND COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf07), accessed January 23, 2016. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 886 square miles (2,295 km2), of which, 875
square miles (2,265 km2) of it is land and 11 square miles (30 km2) of it (1.29%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Houston Community College System
Wharton County Junior College
University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch
University of Houston System at Sugar Land