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Friendswood, Texas, is located almost halfway between central Houston and the gulf coast, with quick access to several local airports: Hobby, Ellington Field and Clover Field. Friendswood is in the middle of the Houston "biocorridor," which includes the UT Medical Branch in Galveston, the Johnson Space Center's Life Science Division, and Texas Medical Center.
Top employers in this older, suburban city include Friendswood ISD, Clear Creek ISD, H.E. Butt Grocery Company, Kroger Grocery, City of Friendswood, and Friendswood Health Care Center. The estimated annual household income tops $100,000. The average price of a new home in the area is more than $300,000. Not surprisingly, Friendswood has a fairly low crime rate, 13.72 incidents per 1,000 population in 2009.
Friendswood ISD covers 15 square miles and borders Alvin, Pearland and Clear Creek ISDs. According to the district, its Academic Decathlon Team "has more than a decade of consecutive state championships" and the district "put into place a pre-engineering program that is now part of both the high school and junior high," including "[p]artnerships with NASA based businesses and corporate programs."
Friendswood has eight city parks, two county parks, and 201 acres of green areas and nature trails. Centennial Park includes an amphitheater, jogging trail, a 3.5-acre pond, and two internationally sized soccer fields. In July, the city also hosts a yearly Kidfish competition at the pond.
Bay Meadows Apartments is typical of the area. It offers walk-in closets, book shelves, clubhouse, and three-bedroom floor plans.
According to the city, "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."