Community spotlight: Webster, Texas

Texas coast suburb offers a tech-forward economy and culture
  • Webster is just 26 miles south of Houston in Harris County.
  • Since NASA set roots near Webster, the local economy has boomed with new business.
  • The median home price is similar to nearby Houston metro towns, at $335,600.

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Webster, Texas/Google Maps screenshot Webster may only be around 7 square miles in size, but this little Harris County town packs some torque. Located in the greater Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area, an estimated 11,116 individuals called Webster home as of 2015, according to U.S. Census data, and many of them are NASA employees. The town’s population boomed in the early 60s, when NASA developed the now-renamed Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center along the coast of Clear Lake. Prior to this major economic installation, Webster was home to just five businesses. Now, Webster is part of the greater Clear Lake area’s major tech and engineering industry. Home and family life in Webster Altos Research, a real estate data provider, pegs Webster’s median price per square foot at $118. With a median home price of $335,600, the cost of real estate in Webster is similar to other Harris County towns. Altos reports an average time on the market of 65 days in Webster, illustrat...