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Friendswood is a progressive suburban city conveniently located between downtown Houston and Galveston near three major airports and deepwater ports with easy thoroughfare and railway access. Known for its extraordinary demographics, including a highly educated, affluent resident base and an outstanding public school system. The City of Friendswood offers continuous business relocation and expansion assistance including economic development incentives.

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History of Friendswood

Fig orchards, satsuma orange orchards, and rice fields once flourished where Friendswood homes now stand. The last vestiges of them and the homes that the Quakers constructed are nearly gone, but the legacy left by those founders and early settlers remains. That legacy is the heritage of a way of life that did more to shape the character of the community than any brick and mortar buildings ever could.

In the spring of 1895 a Quaker named Frank Jacob Brown, who had been an adventuresome buffalo hunter, and a Quaker named Thomas Hadley Lewis, who was a college educated man, felt directed to this area of the Gulf Coast to establish a community dedicated to God. Starting Quaker colonies was a common practice of the religious sect called Quakers or Friends, as they were part of the westward movement across the nation in the middle to late 1800s. (The terms Quaker and Friends are synonymous and used interchangeably.)

When Brown and Lewis came upon this area in Northern Galveston County, they found 1,538 acres of prairie, well drained by Clear Creek, Coward's Creek, Mary's Creek, and Chigger Creek, and beautifully framed with the dense woods along the creeks. Feeling this surely was their "Promised Land," they negotiated with the owner, Galveston banker J. C. League, for a deed of trust, and on July 15, 1895 they recorded the name of the colony at the Court House in Galveston. They named it Friendswood.

Word of the colony spread among Quakers in the northern and midwest states, and soon more than a dozen families joined them. Friendswood developed as a farming community marked by hard work, simple, clean living, and a deep respect for God, the family, and education.

After the colony survived the Galveston Storm of 1900 with no loss of life, they used their sawmill to convert the swaths of trees felled by the storm into lumber for the construction of a two story building they called the Academy. It served them as church, school, and community meeting place until it was replaced by the present stone church building in 1949. The Academy (high school) operated by the Quakers offered a classical curriculum through 1928, and attracted students, in its earliest years, from surrounding towns that had no high school.

From 1895 to 1915, most of the newcomers were Quakers who came to be a part of the Quaker colony. Through 1920, the population was swollen by an influx of farmers, lured by Houston developers who advertised the Gulf Coast as a Garden of Eden where figs, oranges, and rice grew practically wild. By the early 1920s, there were 17,000 to 18,000 acres of figs from Winnie to San Leon, and 17 fig preserving plants. Two of those plants were in Friendswood. Support personnel for the farms brought more people to Friendswood, and the early 1930s brought families dispossessed by the Depression looking for a new chance in life. Late in the decade, the newly developing oil fields east and west of the community provided jobs for more newcomers. The war slowed the growth in the 1940s, but the decade still saw the beginning of a trend of wealthy business and professional people from Houston buying up property along the creeks.

For the first 50 years of Friendswood's life, it had a church, a school, a post office, a grocery store, and a fig plant or two. That was it. There was no doctor, no bank, no drug store, no policeman, not even a newspaper. Up to this time it was a rural, predominately Quaker settlement whose history is authenticated by the Texas State Historical Marker located on the Friends Church property.

During the 1950s, young families moving out from Houston began to give Friendswood its modern, bedroom stature, but the population was still less than 1,000 in 1959. In 1960, farsighted local men put into action a plan for the incorporation of Friendswood, and the town elected its first mayor, city council, and a law officer--a move which helped prepare it to cope with the tremendous growth which took place in the decade of the 1960s as hundreds of NASA employees chose Friendswood as their home. Subdivisions, schools, churches, businesses and community organizations mushroomed. By 1966 Friendswood had its first medical clinic, pharmacy, bank, newspaper and police department. In 1969 the population was 5,200.

Growth continued unabated through the 1970s and 1980s, and the population was nearing 29,000. Friendswood became a suburban community of fine homes, churches, businesses, schools and organizations. The strong volunteer instincts of the residents enabled the city to build a municipal building in 1965 without debt because residents donated labor, materials and funding. In 1971 they built a replica of the Frank J. Brown home to serve as a repository of Friendswood's heritage.

Since the 1980’s Friendswood has grown considerably; the current population is more than 36,000. Friendswood encompasses parts of two counties--Northern Galveston and southern Harris County, divided by the popular Clear Creek. Clear Creek offers direct water access to the Gulf of Mexico through Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. It is located 3 miles west of IH-45, halfway between Houston and Galveston. Friendswood encompasses 21 square miles and is over 70% developed. There is ample room for growth--commercially, industrially and residentially.

Within a thirty minute drive residents can attend cultural, educational and recreational events. Ballet, opera, theaters, orchestras, museums, NASA, amusements parks, observatories, zoos, major league sports of every kind, and the beach at Galveston are all conveniently available.

Education is an important part of every successful community. Friendswood lies within two premier school districts--Clear Creek ISD and Friendswood ISD. Both are rated among the best in Texas. There are several community colleges, as well as quality four year universities and upper level graduate schools in close proximity.

Transportation systems are well developed with road, air and rail easily accessible. Friendswood highways include IH 45, Texas Highway 35, FM 528, FM 518, and FM 2351. The local Clover Field Airport provides a 4,300 ft. hard surface, lighted general aviation runway with fuel service. Houston's William P. Hobby Airport, served by eight carriers, is 15 miles to the north. Ellington Field, 5 miles to the east, operates as a general aviation reliever and is utilized as a cargo field. Rail service is conveniently provided in adjacent towns by four major railway companies.





Land size 21.2 sq. miles

Friendswood population est. 39,487

Number of households 14,234

Population by age

  • Under 14 years19%

  • 15-19 years8%

  • 20-44 years28%

  • 45-64 years31%

    • 65 years and over14%

    • Median Age--41

    • Average household size--2.80

    • 2016 average household income--$126,851

    • 98% high school graduation rate

    • 40% of residents have a bachelor’s degree

    • 12% of residents have a graduate degree

    • Houston DMA population - 6,820,783



Labor Force and Economic Base


Labor Force and Economic Base

Labor Pool:                              18-65
Friendswood:                           19,491
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown:    3,270,200
Employment by occupation

  • 48% Managerial/Professional

  • 10% Service Occupations

  • 26% Sales and Office

  • 8% Construction/Maintenance

  • 8% Production/Transportation


Bay Area Predominant Business Categories


Bay Area Predominant
Business Categories

Aerospace and Aviation
Medical and Life Sciences
Information Technology
Specialty Chemicals

Top Employers

Top Employers

Friendswood ISD
H.E. Butt Grocery Company
Kroger Texas, LP
City of Friendswood
Clear Creek ISD
Friendship Haven Nursing Home
Friendswood Health Care Center
U.S. Post Office


Top Non-Residential Taxpayers


Top Non-Residential Taxpayers

Texas-New Mexico Power Co.
H.E. Butt Grocery Company

HSRE Friendswood LLC – Village on the Park

HCP Friendswood LLC – Brookdale Senior Living
A-S 108 Friendswood Crossing Shopping Center
Buzbee Family Limited Partnership
Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
Comcast of Houston, LLC
Friendswood Realty LP – Friendship Haven
Kroger Texas, LP.
CHP Friendswood SNF, LLC – Friendship Haven


Financial Status

 Financial Status

City Bond Rating:

  • “A1” from Moody’s Investor
  • “AA+” from Standard & Poors

Fiscal Year 2015-16 assessed

  • property value  totals: $3,179,017,840

Net taxable value: $2,974,520,186
Annual sales tax revenue in FY 2014-15 -$5,011,250
Projected FY 2015-16 sales tax revenue - $4,956,193
City property tax rate $0.5687
?7.75% total sales tax rate-6.25 State/1.50 City


Quality of Life

Quality of Life

2015 average homestead value $233,076
2015 average taxable home value $186,461
2015 average new home permit $393,867
2015 4th Quarter Cost of Living Index

  •  Houston    98.2
  •  Atlanta    99.9
  •  Chicago  116.2
  •  Miami  112.3
  •  Washington, DC 146.8
  •  Los Angeles  140.3
  •  New York 227.4

2015 Low crime rate per 1,000 population

  • Friendswood   9.21
  •  Pearland  21.54
  •  League City 20.53
  •  Houston  56.85
  •  Sugar Land 17.62
  •  Webster  54.78
  •  La Porte  18.77
  •  Galveston 47.18 




Served by 2 Public School Districts
(in order by land area served)

Friendswood ISD--6A
Rated Exemplary by State of Texas

Clear Creek ISD--6A
Rated Recognized by State of Texas


Parks and Recreation

9 City parks
2 County parks
266 acres of green space and nature trails
Adult, youth, and senior programs
Annual special events with 10,000 attendees include July 4 celebration, Flap Jack Fun Run, Kid Fish, Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park, Youth Sports Day Program


Schools in Friendswood

Friendswood Independent School District

  Friendswood Junior High at Centennial Park

The Friendswood Independent School District was established on December 21, 1948. The district covers 15 square miles and borders the Alvin, Pearland and Clear Creek school districts.  A Quaker heritage that focused on church, family and schools still remains as a way of life for the community of Friendswood and it still continues to shape the character of the area.  Education is a top priority and Friendswood ISD is an award-winning district with quality faculty and staff and tremendous community involvement.  Leading by example, FISD continues to be recognized in the area as well as in the state for test scores and accountability ratings. Its Academic Decathlon Team is known nationally and has more than a decade of consecutive State championships.

FISD has been named the fifth most efficient Texas School District by the Texas Business Coalition. Friendswood High School was named 1 of 13 Top High Schools in the State as well as 1 of 10 Top High Schools in the Houston area. The Band, Choir and Drama Departments have been awarded exceptional honors annually.  FISD developed and put into place a pre-engineering program that is now part of both the high school and junior high. Partnerships with NASA based businesses and corporate programs continue to enrich the innovative, rigorous academic programs. Athletics in FISD are strong and State competitive.  Leading to Achieve Excellence is not only a theme for the district but a reality for its students.

Clear Creek Independent School District

CCISD Brookside Intermediate


The Clear Creek Independent School District is home to explorers and adventurers! Nestled along the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and the boating waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Clear Creek ISD proudly serves the educational growth of more than 39,000 students and continues to be one of the most desirable places to raise a family in the Greater Houston area. Clear Creek ISD is the 29th largest school district in Texas, out of 1,031 districts.

Our district spans 103 square miles, 13 municipalities, and two counties (Harris and Galveston). We are governed by a high performing Board of Trustees, seven elected community members representing areas of the district. We pride ourselves on involving our stakeholders in making curriculum, finance, and policy decisions, and all of our decisions are made with the best interest of children in mind.

CCISD Mission

The mission of the Clear Creek Independent School District, a diverse community unified by a spirit of exploration and excellence, is to develop students who will lead the way to the future by educating and equipping them with the skills necessary to excel in the 21st century through a system characterized by meaningful community relationships and a comprehensive curriculum facilitated by a highly qualified team committed to Courage, Collaboration, Innovation, and Self-Direction.

CCISD Students and Staff

CCISD students outperform their state-wide peers on all Texas standardized tests and college readiness indicators. We have a stellar record of continuous improvement and we are passionate about eliminating the achievement gap among all student groups. Our passion has proven results with 96% of all students passing TAKS in reading and writing, 98% in social studies, 93% in math, and 93% in science. (* based on 2011 TAKS scores) Clear Creek ISD is comprised of 26 elementary, 10 intermediate, and 7 high schools. Each campus is led by a team of experienced and compassionate administrators, teachers and support personnel.


National and State Officials

Texas U.S. Senators

Ted Cruz

455 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Suite SDB-40B
Washington, D.C.   20510

808 Travis Street, Suite 1420
Houston, TX 77002

John Cornyn

517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510

5300 Memorial Drive, Suite 980
Houston, TX 77007


U.S. Representatives

14th District - Randy Weber
510 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20515

174 Calder Road, Suite 150
League City, TX  77573


Twitter: @TXRandy14

22nd District - Pete Olson
2133 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20515

1560 Highway 6, Suite 150
Sugar Land, TX  77478


Twitter: @OlsonPressShop

Texas State Senator
District 11 - Larry Taylor
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, TX  78711

174 Calder Road
League City, TX  77573

Texas State Representatives

Galveston County District 24

Dr. Greg Bonnen
174 Calder Rd., Suite 116
League City, TX  77573


Harris County District 129

Dennis Paul
17225 El Camino Real, Suite 415
Houston, TX  77058

State Comptroller
Public Accounts – Glenn Hegar
LBJ State Office Building
111 E. 17th Street
Austin, TX  78774


Friendswood, Texas has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season.

Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 92°F and is rarely below 36°F or above 96°F.

Daily High and Low Temperature

Daily High Low Temp Chart  click for large view

  The daily average low (blue) and high (red) temperature with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

The warm season lasts from May 24 to September 27 with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is August 8, with an average high of 92°F and low of 76°F.

The cold season lasts from November 26 to February 27 with an average daily high temperature below 69°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 45°F and high of 64°F.