How Much Income You Need To Buy A Home In West / Southwest Houston

Where can I afford to live in Houston's top western/southwestern suburbs (Katy, Sugar Land, Richmond)?

How Much Income You Need To Buy A Home In West / Southwest Houston

Cost of living in Houston ranks second lowest among the nation’s top 20 most populous US metropolitan areas(1). Suburbs in West / Southwest Houston rank highly in affordability.

Fort Bend County ranked 13th in Forbes’ America’s Fastest-Growing Counties list, also features the most master-planned communities than any county in Texas.

These neighborhoods often feature amenities like swimming pools, waterparks and splash pads, pocket parks, hike-and-bike trails, tennis courts, sports fields, and recreation centers. Some offer unique or themed amenities, from golf courses to village farms.

To help you answer the question "where can I afford to live in West / Southwest Houston?", we analyzed median home prices for its best communities.


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Table of Contents

  1. Summary: Annual Salary & W/SW Suburbs Matrix
  2. Under $80K: Best Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods
  3. $80K - $150K: Top Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods
  4. $150K - $250K: Luxury Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods
  5. Sources, Methodology & Disclosures
  6. Best Realtors In The Suburbs

Summary: Annual Salary & W/SW Suburbs Matrix

Summary: Annual Salary & W/SW Suburbs Matrix

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Salary Range Suburbs
Under $80k Stafford Area
$80k-$150k Fort Bend County North / Richmond, Fort Bend South / Richmond, Fort Bend Southeast, Katy North, Katy Old Towne, Katy Southeast, Missouri City Area, Sienna Area, Sugar Land North, Sugar Land West
$150k-$250k Fulshear/South Brookshire, Katy Southwest, Memorial West, Sugar Land East, Sugar Land South

Note: We're only displaying the first ten neighborhoods per section here. For the full list, please refer to the tables under each respective salary range below.

Under $80K: Best Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods

These suburbs represent the "best of the best" that Houston has to offer, ranked by agents from the Houston Properties Team who know the best communities in Houston like the back of their hands. If you're interested in buying a home in any of the suburbs on this list and want to be absolutely sure that you're buying in a good area, contact us for recommendations.

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Stafford Area $260,000 $80,000 40%

Stafford Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Stafford Area $260,000 $80,000 40%

Stafford Area Map

Stafford is a 7-square-mile city about 18 miles southwest of Downtown Houston. It is bound by Houston (north), Sugar Land (west), and Missouri City (southeast). The city is popular for its business-friendliness and close-knit communities and features convenient travel, nearby employment centers, and outdoor spaces.

The neighborhood is famous for its:

Notably, Stafford is the “Island of Business Opportunity.”

Map of Stafford Area

Stafford Area Real Estate Trends

$80K - $150K: Top Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Fort Bend Southeast $489,000 $147,000 9%
Energy Corridor $465,000 $146,000 35%
Sugar Land West $455,900 $145,000 44%
Sienna Area $420,500 $143,000 15%
Fort Bend County North / Richmond $417,625 $138,000 67%
Katy Southeast $435,000 $136,000 50%
Katy Old Towne $380,000 $133,000 58%
Brookshire $318,490 $111,000 4%
Fort Bend South / Richmond $330,000 $111,000 57%
Sugar Land North $339,950 $103,000 27%
Katy North $300,000 $96,000 64%
Missouri City Area $295,000 $94,000 38%
Mission Bend Area $300,000 $94,000 73%
Bear Creek South $280,000 $90,000 64%
Alief $260,000 $82,000 50%

Fort Bend Southeast

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Fort Bend Southeast $489,000 $147,000 9%

Fort Bend Southeast Map

Fort Bend Southeast is within the well-known Fort Bend County. It features nearby several luxurious neighborhoods and master-planned communities. This includes the cities of Sugar Land, Missouri, and Richmond.

Fort Bend Southeast community is famous for its:

Fort Bend Southeast has several retail and entertainment hubs. Residents can enjoy excellent dining and shopping options at Greatwood and Sienna.

Map of Fort Bend Southeast

Fort Bend Southeast Real Estate Trends

Energy Corridor

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Energy Corridor $465,000 $146,000 35%

Energy Corridor Map

Energy Corridor is a flourishing community of residential and commercial areas. Conveniently located along Interstate 10, between Beltway 8 and the Grand Parkway. The 2,000-acre business district is becoming more popular among prospective property buyers.

Energy Corridor homes are popular thanks to:

Properties in Energy Corridor are in high demand. Recent initiatives include a commuter bus service project. A master plan is turning the district into a world-class residential and business community.

Map of Energy Corridor

Energy Corridor Real Estate Trends

Sugar Land West

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sugar Land West $455,900 $145,000 44%

Sugar Land West Map

Part of the bigger Sugar Land area, Sugar Land West is made up of several neighborhoods and master-planned communities.

The area is in demand due to its:

Sugar Land West is made up of older 1950s homes to newer construction in the area’s newer developments. Prices of homes can start at around $150,000 up to $1,000,000.

Map of Sugar Land West

Sugar Land West Real Estate Trends

$150K - $250K: Luxury Western / Southwestern Neighborhoods

Houston has a number of suburbs that offer incredible amenities, top-ranked public schools, and great access to key Houston employment and business hubs, which is why many choose to move here. To help you out, we've done the research and ranked only the best suburbs in this easy-to-follow guide so you can easily see which is the best suburb for you and your family.

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sugar Land East $497,425 $151,000 57%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $450,000 $154,000 8%
Katy Southwest $512,291 $168,000 46%
Sugar Land South $651,000 $201,000 43%
Memorial West $715,000 $227,000 38%

Sugar Land East

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sugar Land East $497,425 $151,000 57%

Sugar Land East Map

Sugar Land East is located in one of Houston’s top suburban neighborhoods. It features easy access to business centers and several recreational spots.

Sugar Land East is popular due to its:

Sugar Land East offers stable real estate values on top of the community’s urban amenities. The continuous growth among business centers in the area contributes to the area’s positive condition.

Map of Sugar Land East

Sugar Land East Real Estate Trends

Fulshear/South Brookshire

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Fulshear/South Brookshire $450,000 $154,000 8%

Fulshear/South Brookshire Map

Fulshear is a small incorporated city in Fort Bend County just 20 miles away from Energy Corridor. It has been featured by American City Business Journal (ACBJ) as one of “Houston’s Most Affluent Communities.”

Fulshear real estate has increased in popularity thanks to its:

Fulshear homes are nestled in large acres of land. The city’s more established neighborhoods mostly feature older ranch-style homes on large lots.

Map of Fulshear/South Brookshire

Fulshear/South Brookshire Real Estate Trends

Katy Southwest

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Katy Southwest $512,291 $168,000 46%

Katy Southwest Map

Katy Southwest is nestled in one of Houston's Best Suburbs. Several master-planned communities like Cross Creek Ranch and Falcon Point make up the area.

It is a location of choice due to its:

Residents of Katy Southwest enjoy convenient access to dozens of retail shops and restaurants.

Map of Katy Southwest

Katy Southwest Real Estate Trends

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

With all the available information out there about all the suburbs in Houston, it can be confusing when finally making a decision on which suburb to choose. Get the advice of the best realtor in Houston and remove the guesswork when shopping for the best suburb to live in.

Best Realtors In The Suburbs

Best Realtors In The Suburbs

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