Introduction to West University Place, Texas

West University Place, Texas, in Harris county, is 5 miles SW of Houston, Texas. There are an estimated 14,211 people in the city.

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 15,223
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 7,122
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 68.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 88%
Median Earnings25+ $108,229
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $17,368


Median Family Income $241,713
% Above Poverty Level 97.8%
% Below Poverty Level 2.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 17.4%
Median Gross Rent $2
Median House Value $815,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.5%
Irish 10.8%

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

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Location Population Median Family Income
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