Starting, Locating, Expanding? Choose Wharton, Texas.

We have the who, what, and how you need to get growing along the Texas Gulf Coast. Ready to know more? Connect with our Executive Director: +1 (979) 532-0999

Our Convenient Location

Wharton is on the periphery of Greater Houston’s urban growth, providing small-town qualify of life with quick travel-times to all the amenities that the nation’s fourth largest city has to offer.

Wharton lies in the “Texas Golden Triangle” between Austin/San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston/Beaumont, the fastest growing region in the U.S.

Interstate-69 and Kansas City Southern/Canadian Pacific trackage position Wharton as a potential major node on the USMCA trade corridor.

Our Incredible Logistics Position


  • 68 miles from Hobby Airport
  • 80 miles from Intercontinental Airport
  • Wharton Municipal Airport offers 5,000 feet of tarmac


  • 12 miles from the Kansas City Southern Multi-Modal Rail Terminal
  • 35 miles from I-10 at Sealy
  • 40 miles from Sugar Land Town Square
  • 46 miles from Beltway 8
  • 60 miles from Downtown Houston
  • 67 miles from Victoria
  • 135 miles from Downtown Austin
  • 271 miles from Downtown Dallas


  • 45 miles from the Intracoastal Waterway barge port of Matagorda
  • 61 miles from the Deep-Water Port of Freeport
  • 67 miles from the Port of Houston
  • 152 miles from the Deep-Water Port of Corpus Christi

Robust Infrastructure


Wharton is strategically located on the I-69 corridor, the primary U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade route, Wharton’s section of U.S. Highway 59 is currently undergoing a $400 million upgrade to urban interstate standards, providing rapid access to the greater Houston Metropolitan area and beyond. The newly constructed frontage roads will provide opportunities for retailers looking to capitalize on the daily 27,000+ traffic counts. Wharton is extending FM 1301 to the Interstate, creating a fourth major entrance to the city.

Levee Protection

Wharton is constructing a $130 million levee system in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide structural flood mitigation from the Colorado River. Repeated historic flooding has impeded Wharton’s growth, the levee system will remove large tracts land from the floodplain, incenting pent-up growth.

Kansas City Southern Railroad

Kansas City Southern Railroad has recently been acquired by Canada Pacific, creating an integrated rail network connecting Canada, the American Midwest and Gulf Coast all the way to Mexico’s Pacific Coast ports. Wharton is transected by KCS track and offer opportunities for rail-tied development. Just ten miles south of Kansas City’s major Texas multi-modal facility at Kendleton and ideally located to take advantage of the rail facilities for warehouse, distribution, and logistical facilities.

Reliable Municipal Utilities with Capacity for Growth

Wharton has invested in its sewer and water capacity, ensuring the excess capacity needed to accommodate major users. The City of Wharton’s Public Works team provides top-notch reliable service. Wharton was among the few municipalities in the region to maintain service throughout Winter Storm Uri in 2021.

Growing Broadband Network

Traditional providers are in the process of upgrading their networks to fiber-optics and new entrants are coming online with fixed wireless offering gigabit speeds across large sections of the county.

Available Raw Land

Our catalog of sites reads like a book of opportunity. Whether you’re seeking a 1,500+ acre megasite, 500-acre parcels, or something <10 acres, we’re ready to talk. Looking for site mapping and more detailed information? We’ve got that too!

Our Quality of Life

Small-Town Texas Character

From the historic downtown Courthouse Square to the Friday-night lights of the high-school football stadium, Wharton exudes rural Texas charm. Wharton is a place where neighbors greet each other by name and wave a “howdy” to strangers; they are active in their churches and civic clubs. It is a tight-knit community where people still look out for each other.

Abundant Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Wharton is 45 minutes from the beaches of Matagorda island and some of the best bay fishing in Texas, and is a destination for waterfowl hunters every season. Wharton Country Club offers exclusive amenities such as a golf course, pool and tennis. Wharton also has a public pool, serene walking trails, parks, ballfields, and a Civic Center for events. Whatever outdoor activities you like to pursue, Wharton has them close at hand.

Rich and Diverse Culture

Wharton continually celebrates the arts with seasonal community productions at the historic Plaza Theater or Wharton Community Jazz Band to arts classes offered by Hesed House of Wharton. The local cuisine is second to none. From soul-food, to barbeque, to tacos, Wharton boasts a mouth-watering blend of Texas Gulf Coast cultures.


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