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Friendswood, Texas
Location in Galveston, Harris Counties and Brazoria Counties in the state of Texas
Location in Galveston, Harris Counties and Brazoria Counties in the state of Texas
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
Counties Galveston, Harris and Brazoria County
Incorporated 1960
 • Type Council Manager
 • Total 20.9 sq mi (54.1 km2)
 • Land 20.7 sq mi (53.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
31 ft (9 m)
 • Total 35,805
 • Density 1,714.1/sq mi (661.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
77546, 77549
Area code(s) 281/346/713/832
FIPS code 48-27648
GNIS feature ID 1336252

Friendswood is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The city lies in Galveston and Harris counties. As of the 2010 census, the population of Friendswood was 35,805.

In 2007, CNN/Money Magazine listed Friendswood as one of 100 "America's Best Places to Live" for that year, making it one of 900 small towns recognized since the rankings first began in 2005.


Friendswood was founded in 1895 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).


Map of Friendswood

Friendswood is located at 29°30′45″N 95°11′53″W / 29.51250°N 95.19806°W / 29.51250; -95.19806 (29.512532, -95.197933).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers a total area of 20.9 square miles (54.1 km2), of which 20.7 square miles (53.7 km2) is land area and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.69%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 5,675
1980 10,719 88.9%
1990 22,814 112.8%
2000 29,037 27.3%
2010 35,805 23.3%
Est. 2015 38,800 8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Friendswood Texas City Hall 77546
Friendswood City Hall

As of the census of 2000, there were 29,037 people, 10,107 households, and 8,085 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,381.2 people per square mile (533.4/km²). There were 10,405 housing units at an average density of 495.0 per square mile (191.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.09% White, 2.70% African American, 0.40% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.79% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.79% of the population.

There were 10,107 households out of which 43.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

In 2010, the mean income for a household was $115,439 and the mean income for a family was $128,898. Males had a median income of $67,084 versus $35,447 for females. The per capita income for the city was $39,515. About 2.3% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Friendswood TX PO 77546
Friendswood Post Office


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Friendswood has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


The 2014 novel Friendswood, set in the area, was written by René Steinke.

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