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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,318
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens13.6%
Employed Population 16+6,863
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married73.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher86.7%
Median Earnings25+$118,533
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$250
% Above Poverty Level97.3%
% Below Poverty Level2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone17.2%
Median Gross Rent$2,027
Median House Value$917,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27%
German15.7%
English13.2%
Irish11.8%
French Except Basque4.7%
Italian4.6%
Scottish3.3%
Polish2.5%
Dutch2.4%
Russian2.2%
Arab2%
African1.1%
Czech1.1%
Lithuanian1.1%
Swedish0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
Lebanese0.8%
Ukrainian0.8%
Hungarian0.7%
Australian0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Iranian0.6%
Slovak0.5%
South African0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Palestinian0.5%
Israeli0.5%
Iraqi0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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West University Place Almanac

CategoryValue
County Harris County
Standard Zip Codes77005
Phone Area Codes713,832,281
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.72
Approximate Longitude-95.42

West University Place Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHOUSTON HOBBY AP
Distance10.2 miles
Jan Temp45 to 63 F
Apr Temp61 to 79 F
Jul Temp75 to 94 F
Oct Temp62 to 82 F
Annual Precip53.9 inches
StationTHOMPSONS 3 WSW
Distance20.2 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp59 to 79 F
Jul Temp74 to 94 F
Oct Temp60 to 82 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches
StationSEALY
Distance42.3 miles
Jan Temp41 to 62 F
Apr Temp57 to 79 F
Jul Temp72 to 95 F
Oct Temp59 to 83 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellaire18,140$223,939
Hedwig Village2,655$143,750
Hilshire Village852$193,000
Houston2,240,582$52,127
Hunters Creek Village4,688$250
Southside Place1,746$249,375
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