Introduction to Friendswood, Texas

Friendswood, Texas, in Galveston county, is 11 miles S of Pasadena, Texas (center to center) and 18 miles SE of Houston, Texas. The city is included in the Galveston - Texas City metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 29,037 people lived in Friendswood.

Friendswood History

Friendswood was originally established on July 15, 1895. It was founded by the Quakers, Religious Society of Friends, and was named after them. Between 1895 and 1915, most of the settlers of the area were Quakers. Farmers arrived in the city around 1920. The growth of the area slowed down during World War II. The city was officially incorporated in 1960. Around 1966, the first medical clinic, bank, pharmacy, and police department were established in Friendswood.

Friendswood and nearby Attractions

  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • West Bay Common School Children's Museum
  • Space Center Houston
  • Houston Zoo
  • San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
  • Hermann Park

Things To Do In Friendswood

Friendswood offers several recreational facilities both for residents and visitors. You can enjoy a host of recreational activities at Stevenson Park, Friendswood City Park, Renwick Park, 1776 Park, and Randolph Park. It is worth visiting the Frank J. Brown Museum. The city also has a number of churches that retain the old-world feel. Among them are the Heritage Park Baptist Church, Hope Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church of Friendswood Family Life, Friendswood Community Church, and Friendswood United Methodist Church.

Friendswood Transportation

International flights are available from George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Friendswood Higher Education

San Jacinto College-South Campus and Alvin Community College are close to the city.


Total Population 37,001
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 17,636
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 60.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.3%
Median Earnings25+ $54,518
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,733


Median Family Income $110,959
% Above Poverty Level 94.8%
% Below Poverty Level 5.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 20.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,147
Median House Value $228,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31%
US/American 0%
English 12.1%
Irish 13.5%

Friendswood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles S of Pasadena, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles SE of Houston, Texas
County Galveston
Standard Zip Codes 77546
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77549
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.529
Longitude -95.2

Friendswood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 61 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 94 F
Oct Temp 62 to 82 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
Distance 26.2 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Distance 34.1 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 59 to 82 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alvin 24,938 $53,003
Brookside Village 1,784 $80,982

Friendswood Public Libraries

Friendswood Public Library
Friendswood, Texas
(281) 482-7135
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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