FRIENDSWOOD, TX (KTRK) -- Money magazine and CNN/Money recently named Friendswood, Texas as one of the country's "Best Places to Live."
Friendswood is the only community in the greater Houston area and one of only six Texas cities to make the list. The 2009 list, which ranks Friendswood as No. 32 out of 100 cities across the United States, focuses on smaller places that offer the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.
This marks the second time in three years that Friendswood has made CNN/Money's "Best Places to Live" list. In 2007, Friendswood ranked No. 51 out of 100 cities in the U.S. and was the only community in the greater Houston area to make the list at that time as well.
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Friendswood's reputation for traditional values, quality education, and excellent housing attract new families into the community each year. Friendswood takes pride in its premier lifestyle and low crime rate that offers its citizens the best in beautiful parks, abundant trees, and recreational and sports facilities in a manageable hometown atmosphere. The city is adorned with a unique blend of beautiful parks, natural trails and lush landscaping, along with a championship golf course. Children excel in studies through a superior school system. All of these attributes are a perfect match for Friendswood's affluent resident base of well-educated, high-income families. In fact more than half of the city's residents are employed in executive, professional and managerial positions and generate an average household income of $117,000.