Median home price (2006): $254,999
Average property taxes (2005): $1,958
Once a Quaker Colony, Friendswood underwent its largest makeover when young Houston families began relocating to the city in the 1950's (then, with a population of 1,000). Thanks to a Mayberry Effect that continued throughout the decades, Friendswood is now home to over 31,500 people. This affluent town enjoys year-round subtropical weather and access to jobs, shopping and entertainment in nearby Houston. -I.T.
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