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Friendswood, Texas
Location in Galveston, and Harris Counties in the state of Texas
Location in Galveston, and Harris Counties in the state of Texas
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
Counties Galveston and Harris
Incorporated 1960
 • Type Council manager
 • Total 20.90 sq mi (54.13 km2)
 • Land 20.76 sq mi (53.76 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
31 ft (9 m)
 • Total 35,805
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,941.03/sq mi (749.42/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%
2019 (est.) 40,290 12.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
Friendswood Texas City Hall 77546
Friendswood City Hall

As of the census of 2000, 29,037 people, 10,107 households, and 8,085 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,381.2 people per square mile (533.4/km2). The 10,405 housing units averagedensity 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, 2.80% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 8.79% of the population.

Of the 10,107 households, 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 not families. About 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 distributed as 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 median income for a household was $115,439 and 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.

  • Friendswood, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online


The Baybrook Mall is physically located in the City of Houston, but has a Friendswood mailing address.


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Students in Friendswood attend schools in either Friendswood Independent School District (FISD) if they live south of Clear Creek (Galveston County), or Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) if they live north of Clear Creek (Harris County). The CCISD portion is within the Board of Trustees District 4, represented by Stuart J. Stromeyer as of 2008.

Cline Elementary School, Westwood Elementary School, Bales Intermediate School, and Windsong Intermediate School serve the FISD portion of Friendswood. All FISD residents are zoned to Friendswood Junior High School and Friendswood High School.

CCISD students from Friendswood attend Wedgewood Elementary School in Friendswood, and Brookside Intermediate School in Friendswood. Most residents of CCISD Friendswood are zoned to Clear Brook High School in unincorporated Harris County, while some residents of CCISD Friendswood are zoned to Clear Springs High School in League City.

Students who live in the area around Friendswood, but are in unincorporated Harris County with address listed as Friendswood or Webster attend Greene Elementary School or Landolt Elementary School in unincorporated Harris County for elementary schools. For middle school they are zoned to Westbrook Intermediate School in Houston.

Public libraries

The Friendswood Public Library at 416 South Friendswood Drive serves Friendswood.

Colleges and universities

The Friendswood ISD area is assigned to College of the Mainland, while the portion of Clear Creek ISD in Harris County (and therefore the Harris County part of Friendswood) is assigned to San Jacinto College.

Notable people

  • Greg Bonnen, neurosurgeon and Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Friendswood
  • Stephen Bowen, NASA astronaut and a United States Navy submariner.
  • Katie Rose Clarke, Broadway actor, famous for the roles of Clara in Light in the Piazza, Glinda in Wicked, and Hannah in Allegiance
  • Robin Coleman, American Gladiator Hellga, 2001 World's Strongest Woman (bronze)
  • Penny Edwards, actress known for many western films; died in Friendswood
  • Joseph Gutheinz, attorney and investigator of stolen and missing moon rocks
  • Bill McArthur, retired United States Army colonel and NASA astronaut
  • Balor Moore, former MLB pitcher resides in Friendswood
  • Ronnie Price, NBA basketball player
  • Bruce Prichard, executive director for WWE and co-host of Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard
  • Ryan Sitton, Republican nominee for the Texas Railroad Commission in the November 4, 2014, general election
  • Steve Stockman, politician
  • Booker T, and spouse Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman – professional wrestling personalities
  • Larry Taylor, Republican member of the Texas Senate from District 11 (2013–Present) and Texas House of Representatives from District 24 (2003–2013)

See also

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