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Stafford, TX is a family friendly community located within the Houston Metropolitan area. The community has a small-town feel even though it had a population of over 15,000 during the 2000 census and it's expected to be increased significantly since that time. Stafford was originally largely an agricultural community. However, in recent history Stafford has become home for regional satellite offices of large companies such as Texas Instruments, BMC Software, and Internet America.
The city of Stafford is very supportive of the arts. In 2001, an Arts and Education Development Zone was established in the center of the city. The Stafford Centre opened in 2004 and includes meeting and expo space, a festival area, and ballroom space. In addition to this area, residents enjoy the use of five city parks with jogging trails, playgrounds, lakes, and more. Even though Stafford is small geographically speaking, covering only 7 square miles, it enjoys shared benefits of premier medical facilities, a public transportation system, and employment opportunities of its big city neighbor, Houston.