La Marque, also known as Highlands and as Buttermilk Junction, is an incorporated residential community on Interstate Highway 45, State Highway 3, and Farm roads 519, 1765, and 2004. The community was originally known as Highlands, probably for its location near Highland Creek, and was renamed in the 1890s when residents learned of another mainland community of the same name. Today, La Marque is the second-fastest-growing city in the county with an estimated population of 16,000 and an area of 14.25 square miles. Citizens enjoy coastal living, abundant housing options and the security of a hurricane protection levee system. For business, La Marque offers developmental incentives, an abundance of commercial property and build-to-suit opportunities. La Marque is the Gateway to the Gulf.