A news and entertainment website this month ranked Friendswood as 7th in a 10 Best Cities in America to Raise a Family listing.
ZoomTens, a New Jersey-based website founded in June 2014, doesn’t specify ranking criteria, but cites factors such as a low crime rate, household income and schools for Friendswood’s place in the top 10. Dating back to its roots as a Quaker village, Friendswood is served by exemplary rated schools and boasts one of the oldest Fourth of July celebrations in the country.
One other Texas city, Keller, located in the Fort Worth area, made the list at No. 5. The top honor is given to Greenwich, Conn., an affluent city in the heart of the Connecticut’s Fairfield County.
In 2009, Friendswood earned a spot on Business Week’s Best Affordable Suburbs and in 2011 was one of Family Circle’s Best Towns for Families. More recently, it was ranked 20th among Safest Cities in the USA by Neighborhood Scout in 2013.
Earlier this month, the city received a Bronze Scenic City Certification for the first time. The Scenic City Certification program maintains there is a direct correlation between a city’s economic development and its appearance and public spaces. Cities that apply for the program must have an enforced sign code, a ban on new billboards and a landscaping and tree-planting campaign. Cities are then assessed and scored based on criteria ranging from percentage of park space to utility line management. Cities are awarded either a Recognized, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Certification.