Introduction to West University Place, Texas

West University Place, Texas, in Harris county, is 5 miles SW of Houston, Texas.

West University Place History

In 1910, the then-Governor of Tennessee, Ben W. Hooper, had the idea to establish a community of country homes which resulted in the birth of West University Place. The area was once surveyed by A.C. Reynolds, and was originally part of a Spanish land grant. The Houston West End Realty Company developed the community and put lots up for sale on April 1st, 1917. The city was named "West University Place" because of its proximity to the Rice Institute, which is now known as Rice University. It was officially incorporated in 1924, and a formal city charter was adopted in 1940.

West University Place and Nearby Attractions

  • 1940 Air Terminal Museum
  • Battleship Texas State Historical Site
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center
  • Sheldon Lake State Park

Things To Do In West University Place

The city of West University Place is close to several museums including the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Printing History, and National Museum of Funeral History. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site marks where the Texans fought for independence from the Mexican rule. Bishop's Palace, another place of historic significance near the city, was the 19th century home of Confederate colonel and congressman, Walter Gresham. Armand Bayou Nature Center features live animal displays, and also offers opportunities for bird watching, and hiking. Among other popular places to visit are Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Houston Zoo, AstroWorld, and Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.

West University Place Transportation

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the closest major airport.

West University Place Higher Education

Colleges near West University Place are Rice University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston - University Park, and University of Saint Thomas.


Total Population 15,412
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,037
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 70.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 86.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $230,179
% Above Poverty Level 97.8%
% Below Poverty Level 2.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 9.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 18%
Median Gross Rent $2,121
Median House Value $859,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.5%
Irish 11.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

West University Place Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles SW of Houston, Texas
County Harris
Standard Zip Codes 77005
Phone Area Codes 713
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.717
Longitude -95.433

West University Place Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 61 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 94 F
Oct Temp 62 to 82 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
Distance 20.2 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station SEALY
Distance 42.3 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 59 to 83 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellaire 17,869 $218,836
Hedwig Village 2,653 $116,250
Hilshire Village 727 $189,375
Houston 2,217,706 $51,046
Hunters Creek Village 4,620 $250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
  • Business Administration (AS) (Online)
  • Psychology (BA) (Online)
  • Business Administration - Accounting (BS) (Online)
  • Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges.
  • Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
  • Public Health (BS)
  • As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach.
  • BS in Business Administration - Project Management
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration
  • Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Aviation Maintenance Technical Engineer
  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry.

camnpus icon
Request Info
  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • About Brightwood College

    Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

camnpus icon
Request Info
Study Online in West University Place

Career and College Resources

Real-World Career Reports
Career References and Original Articles
College Directories and Lists
Additional Resources
Info for West University Place Government Officials

Are you an official in the West University Place government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top