Mont Belvieu is known for its hydrocarbon industry, including storage, processing and distribution. The economy of this city is rapidly growing as a result of a national surge in natural gas liquid production. At the same time, the city has fewer than 4,000 residents, which adds a small town quality of life hard to find in the huge sprawling nearby metro area of Houston. Mont Belvieu has a cost of living only 1% higher than the national average, making it also affordable. The median home value is just over $200,000 but property prices have been rising at 11% a year, making this a good time to buy. Just 30 miles east of Houston on I-10, this town has a year round mild climate.
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The community of Mont Belvieu is suburban, with newer homes (over 40% built since 2000) and single family homes making up over 60% of all housing. A small number of townhomes can be found. Homes are typically built in a modern style with 3 to 4 bedrooms and a large floor plan. The town has only one neighborhood, and the schools, which rank above average, are all in Barbers Hill Independent School District. Mont Belvieu is popular among families with children because it has a large population of college-educated residents who promote academic interests and opportunities. Mont Belvieu's overall crime rate is lower than the national average.
Although small, Mont Belvieu has a variety of locally owned shops and restaurants to meet resident needs. Eagle Pointe Golf Course has 18 holes, a recreational complex and banquet facilities. In the nearby areas, you can also find recreation at Sheldon Lake State Park and Kemah Boardwalk. Jacinto Mall provides a larger scale shopping experience with national stores, and Space Center Houston is remarkable educational attraction. Mont Belvieu holds an annual Spring festival, a Winter event, and a 4th of July celebration.