Super Neighborhoods

Super Neighborhood 81 - Clear Lake

Recognized 07.07.2010


Clear Lake City is a master-planned community located in the southeastern part of Harris County within the Bay Area of Greater Houston. The community is adjacent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Ellington Field, and Baybrook Mall retail center. The Super Neighborhood is generally bounded by Genoa Red Bluff to the north, the City of Houston’s southernmost boundary on the south, the City of Houston’s easternmost boundary to the east, and just past I-45 South on the west. The Clear Lake Super Neighborhood Council meets the first Tuesday of each month.

Brief History

In 1938, James Marion West, a wealthy business man with interest in ranching and oil, sold 30,000 acres which included his family ranch in southern Harris County to Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon Mobile). Most of the property remained undeveloped until 1961 when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected Houston as the site for its Manned Spacecraft Center (renamed the Johnson Space Center in 1973) and built the space center development on a 1,000-acre tract of the former West ranch. Humble Oil's venture, the Friendswood Development Company, made plans in 1963 to establish a master-planned residential development to support the new space industry and established the Clear Lake City Community Association, Inc. (CLCCA). Governor John Connally formally opened Clear Lake City on September 15, 1963. In 1968, the first year for which population statistics are available, 3,785 people lived in Clear Lake City. By 1970 the population had grown to 8,000, and in 1974 it was 16,000. New home construction continues in the northern part of the development.

Clear Lake City was annexed to Houston in 1977 despite a grass roots campaign of local residents to stop it. Clear Lake City is located in Houston Council District E and Harris County Precinct 2.

Community Features

Clear Lake City enjoys a diversified economy. However, with NASA’s Johnson Space Center; the area has a high concentration of engineers to support the local aerospace industry. Other aerospace contractors that call Clear Lake City home include Boeing, United Space Alliance, Lockheed Martin, and Oceaneering to name a few.

The area is served by the highly ranked Clear Creek Independent School District. Clear Lake is also home to the University of Houston Clear Lake, an upper level college institution, offering undergraduate and graduate programs.

A number of cultural events and tourist opportunities occur in and near the community. The Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre Group stage ballets and American musical theater performances while the Clear Lake Symphony offers performances each year from classical to "pops". The Arts Alliance at Clear Lake regularly schedules art exhibits, musical performances, other art programs and events.

The Ballunar Festival is an annual hot-air balloon spectacular, the Wings over Houston Air Fest at Ellington Field offers air acrobatics by military and civilian pilots in October, and the Christmas Boat Lane Parade each December features more than 100 brightly decorated boats traveling through the Clear Lake channel. Adjacent Armand Bayou Nature Center provides year round activities for families to enjoy. The popular Kemah Boardwalk Entertainment District is just minutes away from Clear Lake City.