Cypress (sometimes referred to as Cy-Fair for Cypress-Fairbanks), is an unincorporated area of Harris CountyTexas and is located approximately twenty-five miles northwest of Downtown Houston. Two major freeways are found in the Cy-Fair area – U.S. 290 and State Highway 249, serving as the area’s major links with Houston. The Sam Houston Tollway and Grand Parkway serve as major connections to areas located around Cypress. Cypress is an excellent choice for families with children due to several factors. First, there are a large number of families with children who currently live here, making it a place where both parents and children are developing strong social ties with other families. The highly rated Cy-Fair Independent School District and the large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Home ownership is dominant in Cypress with numerous master-planned communities providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Cypress’s overall crime rate is much lower than average for the United States.