Friendswood is an award-winning community located just south of Houston, roughly halfway between Downtown and Galveston. Founded by Quaker settlers in 1895, Friendswood has long been known for (you guessed it!) friendliness, quality education, and scenic surroundings. With a population around 36,000, the city boasts beautiful parks, top-notch public sports facilities, an extensive network of jogging trails, and a Rockwellian assortment of parades, festivals, and farmer’s markets. Coastal amenities like power boating and sailing are a half-hour drive to the east or south, while Houston’s big-city luxuries are right next door. Friendswood has been named one of America’s 100 best places to live by CNN/Money Magazine and has been recognized as one of the 10 safest towns in Texas in a variety of rankings.