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Renters’ Guide to Pearland, TX
The fruits that first drew people to Pearland at the end of the 19th century might be different to the ones that draw people today. But they’re equally rich. In 2010, Pearland could count itself among one of the fastest growing cities in the US, and the second fastest in Texas.
It’s on account of such growth that, in 2016, Pearland was voted 10th best place to raise a family in the US. But the growth hasn’t marred the city’s rural aesthetic character, and despite an influx of development, the city’s agricultural roots are still show through, particularly on the east side of the city.
How big is Pearland, TX?
How far is Pearland from Houston?
Head 16 miles north on State Highway 288 and you’ll arrive in the heart of Downtown Houston in around 30 minutes.
What to expect from the weather in Pearland, TX
Acclimatizing yourself to Pearland weather shouldn’t be too hard as long as you’re prepared for a humid sub-tropical climate. Pearland sees around 202 days of sun per year as opposed to 65 days of any measurable precipitation.
Temperatures can soar to 92°F in July, and for anyone with allergies, Spring might be a difficult season owing to the area’s greenness. But the winters never get biting cold, with maximum lows averaging out at 44°F in January. Overall, Pearland can boast a comfort index of 74—20 points higher than the US average.
Pearland, TX Demographics
- Total Population101,725
Female 49,514Male 52,211
- Median Age34.8
Cost of living in Pearland, TX
The cost of living in Pearland is pretty high, although job opportunities at least do something to compensate for this. Housing costs well above the national average although relatively cheaper utilities—somewhere in the region of $150 for electricity, water, heating and waste disposal for a small apartment—somewhat balance this out.
Groceries generally work out cheaper than elsewhere in the US—especially when bought from one of the city’s farmers markets like Sprouts Pearland—, as does healthcare and the cost of goods and services.
While not yet having a working internal transit system, Pearland offers exactly what you’d expect from a booming commuter town when it comes to accessing Houston and the surrounding areas. And it comes at a decent price: bus services, rail connections and park and rides serve commuters to the Texas Medical Center, as well as several locations across Houston, for the reasonable fare of $1.25.
Restaurants in Pearland, TX
You’ll rarely pay above $50 for a good three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant. And there’s huge variety to choose from: especially at the Pearland Mall, the Pearland Town Center where you can find the best of American, Asian, French and Mexican (especially Gringo’s Pearland) cuisine.
Average Rent in Pearland, TX
- Pearland, TX Average Rental Price, February, 2018$1,270/mo
- 1 Bedroom$1,077
- 2 Bedrooms$1,382
Pearland, TX Apartment Rent Ranges
Pearland, TX Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|May / 2017||$1,260||$1,052||$1,381|
|Jan / 2017||$1,277||$1,094||$1,370|
|Sept / 2016||$1,252||$1,066||$1,351|
|May / 2016||$1,285||$1,106||$1,363|
|Jan / 2016||$1,272||$1,095||$1,344|
|Sept / 2015||$1,253||$1,065||$1,350|
|May / 2015||$1,217||$1,041||$1,292|
|Jan / 2015||$1,187||$1,006||$1,257|
Living in Pearland, TX
Because so much emphasis is put on the city’s residential area (which accounts for over 80% of the total), there are a number of master-planned communities which boast vast expanses of green land. It also goes without saying that being a short straight shoot from Houston affords Pearland’s residents all the conveniences they could want from a big city while evading the oppressive congestion of living in one.
One of the downsides is that, being a commuter city, Pearland can get really busy, especially around rush hour. It’s also a city that, many say, feels a little inundated given the speed of its growth in recent years. This growth, however, can only be good for the city’s future trajectory.
Things to do in Pearland
There’s no shortage of free things to do in Pearland: the Pearland Parks and Recreation Department maintains dozens of community-, neighborhood- and dog parks across the city, highlights of which might be Independence Park and Centennial Park. Other fun things to do might include catching up on the latest releases at Cinepark Pearland or taking advantage of the facilities at the Pearland Recreation Center.
Attractions & Points of interest
In terms of culture, there’s a whole host of fun things to in Pearland. Sports fans can get their fix at the city’s enormous multi-purpose NRG Stadium—host to major sports events, wrestling, rodeo, and even the 2004 Super Bowl, just to name a few. There’s also the Pearland Crawfish Festival, although loads of child-friendly displays and blues band performances also accompany the festival’s great food.
Employment and Economy
What to expect from jobs in Pearland, TX
With the astronomical growth to Pearland’s population has come the astronomical growth to Pearland’s jobs market. The Independent School District, Walmart and the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, respectively, are the city’s biggest employers. But, despite the ISD winning best in the region, they’re not the most notable.
NASA employs many Pearland residents at its Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, as does the Houston’s Texas Medical Center—the largest in the world. Retail also accounts for a significant part of the city’s employment, having grown exponentially since the population boom of the 1970s.
Pearland Employment Rate
As of December 2016, Pearland’s unemployment rate sat at a remarkably low 3.6 percent, making it a whole percentage lower than the national rate of 4.6.
Pearland, TX Households
- Total Number of Households34,776
Family 26,750Non-family 8,026
Children 16,405No Children 18,371
- Average People Per Household2.91
- Median Household Income$95,972
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,528
Education in Pearland
The city’s biggest employer—the Pearland Independent School District—administers most of the city’s schools, although other parts of the city like Shadow Creek Ranch and Fort Bend are divided between five other school districts.
Top Elementary Schools in Pearland
Wilder Elementary Pearland consistently ranks among Pearland’s best, although there are a range of others to choose from, all of which are highly regarded by the city’s residents.
Top Private Schools in Pearland
Four private schools operate in Pearland. Three are denominationally Christian, with the Montessori School of Downtown offering a secular option for infants through to 5th grade.
Top Colleges in Pearland
Alvin Community College serves both the Pearland and Alvin districts. But there’s also the option to enroll on over 20 undergraduate, postgraduate or certificate programs at UHCL—The University of Houston Clear-Lake, which operates a campus within the city of Pearland.
Pearland, TX Education Statistics
- No High School3%
- Some High School23%
- Some College24%
- Associate Degree8%
- Bachelor Degree27%
- Graduate Degree16%
Tips for renting in Pearland
Pearland operates under laws that govern the state as a whole. And these laws make the Greater Houston area attractive to prospective renters because they offer a good amount of protection.
Landlords are obliged to provide and maintain accommodation that fits high health and safety standards. They also cannot disturb or indeed evict tenants without due cause, under the statewide law of “quiet enjoyment.”
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