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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 37,602
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 17,703
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 61.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.6%
Median Earnings25+ $52,439
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,036
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,833

Wealth

Median Family Income $110,900
% Above Poverty Level 94.3%
% Below Poverty Level 5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,119
Median House Value $238,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.9%
US/American 0%
English 11.6%
Irish 12.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station HOUSTON HOBBY AP
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
Station THOMPSONS 3 WSW
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
Station HOUSTON BUSH INTL AP
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 25,224 $53,801
Brookside Village 1,532 $81,442

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Friendswood Public Libraries

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Friendswood Public Library
416 S FRIENDSWOOD DR
Friendswood, Texas
(281) 482-7135
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Friendswood High Schools

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CLEAR BROOK H S
4607 FM 2351
281-996-5446
Serves 2,655 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

FRIENDSWOOD H S
702 GREENBRIAR DR
281-482-3413
Serves 1,760 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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