Pearland is a city located in the Gulf Coast region in the US state of Texas within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. Most of the city is in Brazoria County, with portions extending into Fort Bend and Harris counties. Pearland is the third largest city in the Houston MSA, and from 2000 to 2010, ranked as the fastest growing city in the Houston MSA and the second fastest growing city in Texas. A majority of the community’s labor force commutes daily into the Texas Medical Center and other employment centers in the region. Most of Pearland is a part of the Pearland Independent School District. Other portions of Pearland are part of Alvin Independent School District, Fort Bend Independent School District, Clear Creek Independent School District, Houston Independent School District, and Pasadena Independent School District. The Pearland ISD and Alvin ISD portions are served by Alvin Community College (ACC), and the Pasadena ISD portion is served by San Jacinto College. ACC operates the Pearland Community College Center in Pearland. The University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) has a satellite campus, located within the city. Pearland is served by State Highway 288 which connects the city to Houston. Given the spread out area, SH 288 serves the westernmost part of the city, while SH 35 serves the easternmost part as both connect Pearland to Houston (FM 865/Cullen Blvd also connects Houston as well in between). The Texas State Highway Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Tollway) services the northern part of Pearland.