Sugar Land has the 274th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 12.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Sugar Land is part of the Houston metro area. Unemployment in the Houston area is 4%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting worse. Houston has the 5th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Sugar Land is below average at $51,830, and the median cost of a home in Sugar Land is $263,700, which is above the national average. 54% of workers in Sugar Land hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 92% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Sugar Land. 82% of Sugar Land workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Sugar Land spend an average of 29 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.