City ranked among best places to retire

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The City of Friendswood has found itself on another “Best Of” ranking, this time catering to seniors.

Friendswood was ranked at No. 9 in the “Best Houston Suburbs to Retire” list published by Movoto, an online real estate brokerage and research company.

Ranked were 22 suburbs based on a study of the cost of living, median home value, crime rate, senior amenities, population of citizens over the age of 65 and the number of doctors in each community. “Senior amenities per capita” include volunteer opportunities, recreation centers, golf courses, restaurants, libraries, arts and entertainment and retirement homes.

Friendswood’s low crime rate, 69 doctors and 13.2 percent population of 65 and up placed it in the top 10. It’s highest score, in fact, was in crime rate, with only the tiny north Houston community of Oak Ridge North scoring higher. Its lowest score was in median home price.

In surrounding communities, League City landed at No. 22, Pearland ranked 21, Sugar Land was No. 15, Manvel No. 13 and Pasadena was No. 10.

The No. 1 community in the ranking was Richmond, followed by Webster at No. 2 and Tomball, northwest of Houston, at No. 3.

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Consistently ranked among the U.S. “Safest Cities” based on its crime rate by sites such as NerdWallet and NeighborhoodScout, Friendswood has also made NerdWallet’s “Best Places for Young Families in Texas,” landing at No. 2 among 111 Texas cities.

In 2007 and 2009, Money Magazine listed it among the 100 Best Places to Live, and ranked among Best Affordable Suburbs in 2009 in Business Week. In 2011, Family Circle ranked it No. 5 on its Best Towns list.

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