Welcome to Missouri City, TX
“The Show Me City.”
Missouri City, with a population of over 74.000, is mostly located in Fort Bend County with a small portion in Harris County. The city has historical roots deeply tied to the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos, and Colorado Railway (BBB&C Railroad) now owned by Union Pacific. in 1893 W.R. McElroy purchased 80 acres along the BBB&C route and named it Missouri City hoping to interest people to move in from St. Louis, Missouri. However, most early settlers in the area came from Arlington, Texas, near Dallas and Fort Worth. Officially registered in 1984, the railroad town had a bumpy start thanks to a blizzard that scared a lot of new settlers away. The discovery of oil and the opening of a salt mine in 1919 as well as the discovery of natural gas in 1925 made the city a booming railroad shipping point for these resources.
The Fort Bend County portion of Missouri City is served by Fort Bend Independent School District, while the Harris County portion is served by Houston Independent School District. FBISD operates the following schools within the Missouri City limits: E. A. Jones Elementary School, Glover Elementary School, Hunters Glen Elementary School, Lantern Lane Elementary School, Palmer Elementary School, Quail Valley Elementary School, Lake Olympia Middle School, Missouri City Middle School, Quail Valley Middle School, Baines Middle School, Elkins High School, Hightower High School, Thurgood Marshall High School, and Ridge Point High School.
The 6th safest city in Texas is served by the Missouri City Police Department. The Missouri City Police Department is distinguished as one of 18 departments in Texas to achieve recognized law enforcement agency status. The department was recently evaluated on 161 best practices standards to achieve this statewide award from the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation Recognition Program.