Bellaire is a city located on the southwest side of Houston.
Railroad executive William Wright Baldwin founded Bellaire in 1908. Baldwin, who was also associated with the South End Land Company and the Burlington Railroad, transformed the small town into an ideal location for residences and small truck farms. He built convention transit options in the area – a rail line and an electric streetcar line.
Known as the “City of Homes,” Bellaire is a residential neighborhood where families get to enjoy small-town living and convenient access to Houston’s popular amenities.
The city is one of Houston’s most sought-after neighborhoods because of its spacious lots, streets lined with oak trees, and beautiful parks. It is also home to many highly-ranked public schools.
Bellaire is strategically located near main roads and freeways, allowing residents to easily commute to business hubs, entertainment centers, and restaurants.
Nearly 9,000 people are part of Bellaire’s workforce.
98% of workers are employed in white-collar jobs. 20% of employees hold positions in healthcare occupations. 19.5% hold jobs in management occupations and 8.94% are in sales and related occupations.
In 2019, employment in the city increased by 3.2%. Job growth is expected to reach 32.3% over the next ten years.
Bellaire has a population of 18,996 with a median age of 43.7.
80% of adults in the city have 4-year degrees or graduate degrees.
65% of the city’s total population are White Alone residents. This is followed by Asian Alone residents who account for 23%, and Latino residents who account for 8%.
TOP Bellaire HIGHLIGHTS
Bellaire’s average annual temperature is under 70°F, which is warmer than Texas’s average temperature and about 16°F over the U.S. average.
Bellaire’s lowest temperatures are about 45°F, while the hottest temperatures near 95°F. The warmest months are July through August, while December through February bring the coldest weather.
Almost 50 inches of rain fall in Bellaire each year. To compare, this is 15 inches over the state’s average and about 12 inches over the country’s average precipitation. Bellaire residents should keep an umbrella handy for an average of 63 days per year.
For reference, 73% is Bellaire’s average annual humidity, and wind speeds average around 11 miles per hour.
Because Bellaire is not located near active fault lines, the odds of earthquake damage in this part of Texas are lower than the U.S. average.
The city’s tornado index of 360.80 is especially noteworthy, seeing as this index is higher than both the state’s index and the U.S. index. This data indicates that the city is at high risk of strong winds and tornado activity.
Out of around 3,021 critical weather events that were recorded in the area between 1950 and 2010, about 33% were thunderstorms and windstorms. From there, flooding, tropical storms and hurricanes, and damaging winter weather accounted for a sizable number of events.
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Bellaire Commuter Travel Behavior
The average one-way commute time in Bellaire is 22.3 minutes. This is shorter than the U.S. average commute time of 26 minutes.
83% of employees in the city drive their cars to get to their offices. 8.2% of residents work from home and 4.3% carpool. In 2017, 58% of households in the area had two cars.
Bellaire has several bus lines that run through the streets of Chimney Rock, Bissonnet, and Post Oak.
Bellaire is near several main roads and freeways such as the Bellaire Boulevard, Loop 610, and Southwest Freeway.
Considering historic and recent trends, Bellaire has a lower crime rate than 41% of all U.S. cities and towns.
The crime rate per 1,000 residents in Bellaire is 1.37, which tracks under both the statewide and national rate. The estimated odds of experiencing a violent crime in Bellaire are 1 in 729.
The city’s property crime rate tracks around 13.97, which is more favorable than the same rates of both Texas and the U.S. average. For additional reference, the odds of experiencing a property crime in Bellaire are 1 in 72.
Generally, northeastern neighborhoods have higher crime rates. Meanwhile, southeastern areas have more preferable trends.
Bellaire is served by the city council led by the mayor and six council members. Members are elected to serve four-year terms.
The city council is in charge of keeping the community safe and secure. It also allocates the budget needed for the improvement of infrastructure and delivery of public services.
Council members meet every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.
Bellaire is served by the Houston Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber is in charge of efforts to support the growth of local businesses and increase their visibility. The chamber advocates for the needs of the business community and reaches out to the government to address all concerns. The chamber also helps residents in their personal and professional growth.
Bellaire’s mayor is elected every two years to serve regular two-year terms.
As the city’s chief representative, the mayor leads community-building initiatives to engage residents and keep them involved in decision-making processes. The mayor is also in charge of monitoring and ensuring the implementation of local resolutions and ordinances.
Bellaire Population 2020
18,733 residents live in Bellaire. Meanwhile, the population was slightly over 16,500 in 2010. 11.64% is the city’s 10 year growth rate, which divides into a yearly growth rate of 1.66%.
9,593 Bellaire residents are female, so women account for 51% of the population. 9,140 residents are men, so 49% of the population is male.
Bellaire’s median age is 44 years old. Over 25% of residents are under 20 years old, while almost 10% of the population ranges between 20-34 years old. About 33% of Bellaire residents are between 35-54. Another 16% of the population is 55-64, and 13% of residents are over 65.
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Bellaire Diversity 2020
Bellaire’s population is 72.5% White. Another 22.5% of the population is of Asian descent, while 2.7% of the city’s residents are Black or African American. Almost 2% of residents are biracial or multiracial.
Around 74% of Bellaire’s population is only fluent in English. From there, 8.2% of the population is fluent in Chinese, Mandarin, or Cantonese. Also, 8.1% of residents know Spanish. 7.7% of Bellaire residents are Hispanic or Latino.
22% of Bellaire residents were born outside of the country. 61% of residents were born in Texas, while another 10% were born in the south, and 12% of residents were born in the midwest.
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Bellaire Education 2020
6 elementaries, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school are within Bellaire’s borders. This city’s high school dropout rate is comparably low at 2.3%. A reported 97.7% of the city’s adult residents are high school graduates, which tracks higher than both Texas averages and national averages.
7.6% of residents have taken some college courses, and 3.5% have earned an associate’s degree. Over 80% of Bellaire’s adult population has earned a bachelor’s degree. Almost 48% of residents over 25 years old have a graduate or professional degree.
54% of students in this Texas city receive their education from public schools, and 46% of students attend private campuses.
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SCHOOLS IN Bellaire
There are two public elementary schools in Bellaire. These are the Condit Elementary School and the Horn Elementary School.
The Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School is also a public school located in Bellaire. It serves over 500 students in Pre-Kindergarten to 5th Grade. The school features an International Baccalaureate Program.
One public middle school and one public high school serve the city. The public middle school in Bellaire is the Pin Oak Middle School. The public high school in the city is Bellaire High School.
There are several private schools located in Bellaire. These include the Veritas Christian Academy, the Episcopal High School, and the Post Oak School.
Public schools in Bellaire are under the jurisdiction of the Houston Independent School District. It is the largest school district in Texas serving over 200,000 students. In 2013, the district became the first two-time winner of the Broad Prize. The school district was recognized for its substantial gains in student achievement.
Bellaire Housing 2020
Real estate prices in Bellaire are among the highest in Texas and in all of the U.S.
In 2019, the median property value in the city was $872,427. This was an 8.6% increase from the median property value of $803,000 recorded in 2017. Between 2016 and 2017, the median property value in the city grew by 4.22%, from $770,500 to $803,000. Home values in the city are expected to increase by 1.2% within 2020.
Homes currently listed in Bellaire have an average listing price of $899,000. The median list price per square foot is $271.
Housing options in the city include new construction homes, estate-style properties, and single-family bungalows.
Between 2016 and 2017, the median household income in Bellaire grew by 3.8% from $187,805 to $195,018.
Since 2000, real estate in Bellaire appreciated 41.38%. This is an average annual home appreciation rate of 3.52%.
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Bellaire Homes for Sale
Bellaire is an affluent suburb of Houston where 87% of residents are homeowners. The city has over 6,600 homes and apartments.
Most of the properties in the city are large single-family homes that account for 88% of all housing units. 41% of homes in the area have four bedrooms, followed by three bedrooms which account for 29.5%. Other housing options include townhomes and small apartment complexes.
Nearly 42% of housing units in Bellaire were built from 1970-1999. New construction homes, meanwhile, account for 28.4% of all properties.
Properties for sale in Bellaire include the 1950s and 1960s ranch-style homes, brand new mansions, newly-constructed two to three-story homes, and traditional American bungalows.
Many of these homes feature modern upgrades like high-end appliances, French doors, and lush landscapes.
Currently, there are about 33 homes for sale in the area with prices ranging from $874,000 to nearly $3M.
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Bellaire Economy 2020
Bellaire is largely seen as an affluent Texan city. The average salary is almost $203K, and the city’s median household income is over $201K. Also, Bellaire’s per capita income is just under $100K.
Bellaire’s unemployment rate tracks around 2.4%, and 1.7% of Bellaire residents live in poverty. Roughly 3% of the population earns under $25K annually, and another 3% of the population makes between $25K-$35K each year.
Additionally, 6% of residents earn between $35K-$50K annually, and almost 10% of residents make between $50K-$65K. 2.2% of the population earns $65K-$75K. About 10% of the population earns between $75K-$100K, while 65% earns over $100K annually.
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Cost of Living
Bellaire’s overall cost of living is 89% higher than Texas’s average and 72% over the national average.
Housing costs are 244% higher than the national average, and real estate prices are 440% higher than the state’s average. For reference, Bellaire’s rental prices are 79% higher than the state’s average.
Goods and services in Bellaire are about even with the country’s average prices, though about 7% more expensive than Texas’s average. Groceries are slightly more affordable than other areas of the state and 11% under the national average.
Transportation expenses are 3% more affordable than the national average. Healthcare tracks 8% under the national average and 5% under the statewide average.
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Things to do
The city of Bellaire is home to approximately 35 great neighborhoods. Most of them feature expansive homes that sit on half-acre lots and have five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The private neighborhood of Marilyn Estates features affordable, updated vintage homes and a tight-knit community. The neighborhood enjoys easy access to various retail and entertainment centers in Houston. Prices of homes in the area range from $240,000 to $835,000.
Braeswood Place is an exclusive neighborhood that is largely made up of 1950s ranch-style homes. The neighborhood has a picnic pavilion, a baseball field, and basketball courts. It is near the Texas Medical Center and Rice University. Prices of homes in the neighborhood range from $85,000 to $1,980,000.
Southdale neighborhood has nearly 800 single-family homes with sizes that range from 1,000 to more than 4,000 square feet. It is strategically located near employment hubs and parks. Prices of homes in the neighborhood range from $400,000 to more than $1M.