Get to know Missouri City, TX

Missouri City is 17 miles southwest of Houston.  The city’s history is heavily tied to the railroad.  The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos, and Colorado Railway had a line that stretched through the area in 1890 when two Houston real estate investors, R.M. Cash and L.E. Luckle, tried to advertise the sunny area to people in St. Louis, Missouri.  W.R. McElroy bought land in the vicinity three years later in an effort to promote the area with Cash and Luckle.  While McElroy named the new community Missouri City in the hopes of drawing in St. Louis residents, the first settlers came instead from other Texas towns, including Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth.  While the original residents found success ranching and farming, the discovery of oil and natural gas and the opening of a salt mine in the 1920s helped make Missouri City a shipping point.  With the commercialization of the automobile, Missouri City became a bedroom community suburb of Houston.  The community was incorporated in 1956 after rumblings of Houston annexing of the town.  Missouri City is known for its award-winning Parks and Recreational Department facilities.  It is also the home of the antennae farm for Houston area radio and TV outlets.

Quick Facts

Population: 69,152

Median Household Income: $84,662

Median Property Value: $156,900

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