Bellaire is an independent city just southwest of Houston in Harris County, Texas. The West Loop of Interstate 610 passes directly through the city center and provides access to Houston and surrounding areas. Bellaire is primarily a residential community and is known as the City of Homes because of this.
William Wright Baldwin founded Bellaire in 1908 when he surveyed 1,000 acres of small truck farms and set up Bellaire as the town center. The town’s name means good air, and Baldwin stated that he named it for its breezes. When Bellaire was incorporated in 1918, six miles of undeveloped land separated it from Houston.
Houston eventually annexed the surrounding land as it expanded, but Bellaire remained an independent city. Following World War II, Bellaire’s population boomed, and most new residents commuted to jobs in Houston. Bellaire was prevented from expanding in size, however, because Houston had annexed all the unincorporated land surrounding Bellaire by 1948. The town has since increased in density and attracts primarily affluent families.
Although Bellaire has a population of just over 17,000, it is significantly wealthier than the rest of the state. Less than 3 percent of residents live below the poverty level. The median household income is about $154,000, and the median value of a home is about $559,000. The homeownership rate is almost 90 percent, and 89 percent of households have lived in the same home for one year or longer. Children under the age of 18 make up about 30 percent of the population, and about 10 percent of residents are senior citizens over the age of 65.
Bellaire has a relatively hot climate. Average summer highs are around 94 degrees. Winter temperatures are typically well above freezing with an average low of 43 and an average high of 63. The average annual rainfall is about 48 inches, and there is less than one inch of snow per year. Bellaire has an average of 90 days with precipitation and 203 sunny days per year.
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