Awards & Accolades
Missouri City is recognized nationally as one of the Safest Cities in America by Congressional Quarterly and one of the Best Places to Live in America by CNN/Money magazine.
MISSOURI CITY #21 BEST PLACE TO LIVE in America
Tops in Houston Metro Area according to Money Magazine
Show me Missouri City and we’ll show you a city on the move – right up MONEY magazine’s top 100 Best Places to Live in America – placing #21 this year. Money previously had named the city as #56 in 2008, the last year it ranked cities from 50,000 to 300,000 population.
“We polled families for what is most important for them in choosing a place to live and they told us safe streets, real estate you can afford, good schools for their kids and good jobs,” said Elizabeth Fenner, MONEY assistant managing editor, on the NBC Today show on July 12 that featured this year’s best places to live. Missouri City’s job growth increased 25.19 percent between 2000 and 2009 compared to the best places job growth average of 15.71 percent.
“Those of us living here know what a special place we have,” said Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen. “We have been responsibly managing our growth with ongoing input from our citizens, and we all are very honored with this national recognition. I can’t credit our residents enough for their interest in keeping our city an attractive and a safe place to raise their families. We have excellent credit ratings which allow us to continue to build our infrastructure and attract businesses, such as the recent addition of Global Geophysical, Lufkin Automation and also Ben E. Keith, who has plans to begin construction. Lakeview Business Park is perfect for a company looking for a location near freeways, and the bonus is that there is a beautiful park across the street.”
Following the polling of families, MONEY’s team of editors and writers spent several months researching and reviewing data on a wide range of economic and quality-of-life indicators. Missouri City’s low crime rate was a factor contributing to its high marks for quality of life. Its property crime rate of 16 per 1,000 population was lower than the best places average of 24.
MONEY started with an initial list of 800 places with populations between 50,000 and 300,000. Data provider Onboard Informatics of New York City worked again this year with MONEY’s team to narrow the list. Information was based on such sources as available U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, ACCRA Cost of Living Index, county and municipal assessor’s offices and FBI incident reports. The team then called and visited cities across the country, interviewing residents, community leaders and local officials before compiling the final rankings.
Missouri City is one of only four Texas cities on the list and the only community in the Houston area. Also ranked were McKinney, Allen and Rowlett, all in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Located 20 miles from Downtown Houston, Missouri City encompasses a family friendly community with tree-lined neighborhoods, abundant green space, low crime and steady business growth.
Source: News Release July 12, 2010, missouricitytx.gov
More About Missouri City, Texas
Growth and Development
The “Show Me City” is respected nationwide for its high-quality development requirements. It is designated a “Scenic” City by Scenic Texas, a program that honors cities excelling in fostering a sense of pride in their communities by utilizing strict ordinances and regulations. City Council has approved key strategic policies as a blueprint for staff in the City’s growth and development.
About Missouri City Business
Missouri City is home to a variety of businesses, large and small. From physicians and attorneys to hardware stores, supermarkets, and specialty shops, Missouri City can meet all of your shopping needs. New businesses are booming throughout the city, from flowers to auto repair to industrial services and computers, we have it all.
Missouri City offers a great location as well as strategic value. Bordering Houston and only minutes from downtown, the Galleria, the Texas Medical Center, both major airports, and the Port of Houston, Missouri City keeps you close to Houston and its boundless business opportunities.
Growing Your Business
Missouri City cares about its businesses, large and small. Its growing population and dynamic economy make it a sensible location for your business. Missouri City offers an attractive incentive package to businesses considering relocation as well as programs designed to help resident industries prosper.
Missouri City’s office of Economic Development is ready to help your business grow.
Houston Golf at its Finest – Quail Valley Golf Course
Spread across 400 acres and 36 holes is Quail Valley Golf Course, located in scenic Missouri City, Texas. This course ranks among the finest of the Houston golf community, sitting a short drive southwest of the city. Designers intended Quail Valley to be a country club before Missouri City acquired it, enabling the course to offer Houston golf enthusiasts an exclusive feel at an accessible price.
Both courses at Quail Valley offer stimulating golf. The El Dorado Course, newly renovated in 2009, first opened years ago, featuring a design by Jeff Blume. Heritage Links of Houston recently rebuilt the course, combining a modern feel with the features from the Houston Open in 1973 and 1974. Players must exercise caution with shots, carefully navigating around the Stafford Run and Oyster creeks. Meanwhile, the La Quinta Course provides golfers with a traditional golf test, employing a mixture of large fairways and small greens. No matter the skill or experience level, a player will find enjoyment at this impressive Houston golf course.
But don’t just play and leave. Stick around after your round and enjoy our newly redesigned Bluebonnet Grille at the 37th Hole, serving our kitchen’s famous seafood and sandwich plates. You can unwind with your favorite drink from our full bar as you enjoy the comfortable Quail Valley atmosphere with your friends. We can’t wait to show you our country club amenities at our affordable prices.
PGA Houston Open
The Quail Valley Golf Course is best known for the 1973 and 1974 hosting of the Houston Open, a golf tournament on the Professional Golf Association Tour. It continues to host numerous local and regional tournaments.
Located in the first master planned community in Fort Bend County, it first opened under private ownership and management in 1970. It is in the geographic center of Missouri City and lies in 400 acres of green space with rolling terrain.
Under City Ownership
The Quail Valley Golf Course is owned by the City of Missouri City, which opened the 18-hole La Quinta on July 4, 2008. The other 18-hole golf course, El Dorado, was redesigned by Jeff Blume and was rebuilt by heritage Links. Its original design was by Jack Miller and first opened in 1970. Both of the golf courses make up about 250 acres of the green space property.
Originally designed as a country club amenity, the Quail Valley Golf Course is now a public golf course open to everyone. The remaining acreage is undergoing plans for other recreational opportunities for residents to enjoy.