ABOUT West University Place
West University Place is an expansive, affluent community located just a few minutes from downtown Houston in Harris County. The city was incorporated in 1940.
Home to more than 15,000 people, West University Place is one of Houston’s most sought-after neighborhoods. It is a place where residents can enjoy the benefits of big city living while also having the luxuries of a peaceful enclave characterized by charming tree-lined streets and beautiful gardens.
West University Place is largely a residential neighborhood made up of grand homes with diverse architectural styles. The small town has a good mix of colonial, traditional homes and modern, newly-constructed estates with Spanish and Mediterranean influences.
The neighborhood is home to some of the best performing schools in the U.S. that are under the jurisdiction of the Houston Independent School District.
Residents get to participate in diverse recreational activities that include sports leagues, outdoor movie nights at the beautiful parks, and shopping at upscale boutiques.
In 2007, West University Place was named by Forbes as a Top Urban Enclave.
More than 7,000 people make up West University Place’s workforce. About 96% of the city’s residents work in white-collar jobs.
62% of the city’s employees work in private companies and about 9% work in government. 19.2% of workers hold positions in management occupations, 15.1% are employed in health care and treating occupations, and 12.3% work in business and financial operations occupations.
The city has a high population of young professionals and young families with a median age of 38.
About 86% of the city’s adults have a college or an advanced degree.
White residents make up about 80% of the city’s total population. This is followed by Asian residents accounting for 10.5%, and Latino residents accounting for 6.56%.
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The annual average temperature in West University Place is 69.7°F. Comparably, this estimate is almost 4°F over the state’s average and over 15°F warmer than the U.S. average.
To give an idea of how weather changes throughout the year, West University Place residents can expect average winter temperatures to track around 55°F. Summer months average close to 85°F. The lowest temperatures in this part of the state near 40°F, and the warmest temperatures track around 95°F.
This city doesn’t usually receive snowfall during winter, but West University Place does receive around 50 inches of rainfall throughout the year and experiences an average of 63 rainy days per year.
The most common types of natural disasters that affect West University Place include tropical storms, severe weather, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, and hail storms.
The city is in close proximity to the Gulf Coast, making it highly susceptible to heavy rains and strong winds brought by tropical storms. Neighborhoods that are located near the Buffalo Bayou watershed and the Brays Bayou watershed are highly prone to flooding.
In the past, heavy rains in the area caused floods that damaged properties, major highways, and public utilities.
West University Place has a high risk of damage from tornadoes, with a total of about 319 tornadoes recorded in the area since 1950. According to the NOAA, an average of five tornadoes are recorded in the area every year.
The city is also located within a very high risk hurricane zone. A total of about 55 hurricanes have been recorded in the area since 1930.
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The average one-way commute time in West University Place is about 18 minutes. This is shorter than the average U.S. commute time of 26 minutes.
About 84% of residents in the area drive their own cars to get to their work stations. Nearly 9% of employees work from home and about 3.3% carpool.
In 2017, about 59.3% of households in the small town had two cars.
The city is located near major roads that include the Loop 610, US 59, and Buffalo Speedway.
Driving from West University Place to Downtown Houston takes about 12 minutes. Bus rides for the same route take about 47 minutes to one hour and 30 minutes.
West University Place is among the top safest cities in Texas and in all of the U.S.
Overall, the crime rate in the area is 717 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 72% lower than the national average. West University Place is safer than about 78% of communities in Texas, and about 90% of cities in the U.S.
Violent crime rate in the city is about 13 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 97% lower than the national average.
Property crime happens more often in the area at a rate of about 704 per
100,000 residents. This rate is about 68% lower than the national average.
One’s chances of becoming a victim of crime in the city is 1 in 140.
The safest neighborhoods in West University Place are located in the central and southern sections, near the city center and Rice Boulevard. The neighborhoods with the highest crime rates are located in the western sections, near Weslayan Street.
West University Place is governed by the mayor and a 4-member city council.
The council is in charge of developing policies and enacting resolutions and ordinances. The council also allocates the budget for local government projects.
Members of the council are elected every odd-numbered year on the second Saturday of May and may serve up to two successive terms.
West University Place is served by the Houston Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber is in charge of organizing events and projects to help business members grow their professional networks.
The chamber also works to raise awareness for various small businesses.
The city is governed by the mayor who is elected every odd-numbered year to serve a term of two years. The mayor leads council meetings held every second and fourth Mondays of each month.
The mayor leads efforts to ensure the smooth provision of government services. The mayor is also in charge of keeping residents engaged in decision-making processes.
West University Place Population 2020
14,615 people lived in West University Place during 2010, and the population tracked over 15,600 in 2018. Between 2010-2018, the population changed 5.6%. The population density in this corner of Texas is 7,794.
The median age in West University Place is about 41. Almost 32% of residents are under 20 years old, and around 15% are between 20-39. 15% of residents are in their 40s, while 16% are in their 50s. About 14% are in their 60s, and 7.5% are over 70.
49% of residents are male, and 51% are female. The median male age is 43, and the median female age is 40.
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West University Place Diversity 2020
Seeing as almost 84% of West University Place residents are White, the city is not among the most diverse in Texas. 11.4% of residents are Asian, while 2.6% are biracial or multiracial. Less than 1% of residents are Black or African American.
8.5% of West University Place residents have Hispanic or Latino roots. Other common ancestries among residents include German, English, and Irish. 16% of the population is foreign born.
83.4% of the city’s population speaks English, and 5.8% speaks Spanish. 2.8% of West University Place’s population knows Chinese, Mandarin, or Cantonese, and 2.7% of the population is fluent in another Indo-European language.
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West University Place Education 2020
Almost 99% of West University Place residents over 25 years of age are high school graduates, which means the city has a high school dropout rate around 1%. This rate is comparably lower than the national dropout rate of 12% and the state’s dropout rate of 17%. 43% of West University Place students attend public schools.
7.1% of the city’s adult population has some college experience, and 2.4% of residents have earned an associate’s degree. 86.7% of the city’s residents over 25 years old have a bachelor’s degree. Another 51.8% of the population has a professional or graduate degree, while 1.9% has a doctorate degree.
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SCHOOLS IN West University Place
Many of the schools serving West University Place are highly rated schools under the jurisdiction of the Houston Independent School District.
The largest school district in Texas manages 283 schools serving more than 214,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
The HISD is known for its commitment to ensuring a diverse and nurturing school environment that encourages students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.
About 62% of the district’s student population is composed of Hispanic students. This is followed by African American students accounting for 24%, Asian students accounting for 4%, and White students accounting for 9%.
The school system is based on personalized learning approaches that challenge students to have high academic standards.
The district has a wide array of programs for gifted and talented students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners.
In 2018, the district had a graduation rate of 81%. The district is also recognized as the first two-time winner of the Broad Prize.
West University Place Housing 2020
Real estate prices in West University Place are among the highest in Texas and in all of the U.S.
The median property value in the city is $1,262,461. This represents an increase of 27.9% from the median property value of $987,400 recorded in 2017. Between 2017 and 2018, the median property value grew by 22.5% from $987,400 to $1,210,000.
The median home values in the city are expected to rise by 2.7% within 2021.
In 2019, the median sales price of homes in the area was $1,263,700. This represented a growth of 9.88% from the median sales price of $1,150,000 recorded in 2014.
Real estate in the area appreciated by 52.34% over the last ten years. This is an average annual home appreciation rate of 4.29%.
About 49.3% of homes in the area are valued at higher than $1,188,000. About 23% of homes are valued between $891,000 to $1,188,000.
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West University Place Homes for Sale
West University Place is an affluent residential neighborhood where about 89% of housing units are owner-occupied. The city is home to more than 5,400 homes and apartments.
The majority of housing units in the small town are one to two-story single-family homes that sit on spacious lots with average sizes of about 5,000 to 11,000 square feet.
These homes feature styles that range from old or vintage cottages and colonial homes to modern brick homes with Spanish and Mediterranean architecture.
45.6% of properties in West University Place were built between 1970 to 1999. There is also a significant number of homes that were constructed between 1940 to 1969 and 2000 up to the present.
West University Place also features a number of townhomes within gated communities. There are also a number of apartment complexes and small apartment buildings in and around the neighborhood.
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West University Place Economy 2020
West University Place’s median earnings per worker is $183K, which is well over the state’s average. The median household income in this area is $250K. The annual unemployment rate is 2%, and 1.7% of residents live in poverty.
To give a picture of the city’s earnings distribution, less than 10% of residents earn below $10K each year. 2% of the population makes between $10K-$15K annually, and another 2% makes between $15K-$20K.
From there, 14% of the population earns between $20K-$50K, while 11% makes between $50K-$75K. Another 7% of West University Place residents earn $75K-$100K, and 56% of residents earn over $100K each year.
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Cost of Living
West University Place consistently ranks among the best and most expensive places to live in Texas and in all of the U.S.
The cost of living in the city is about 111% higher than the Texas average, and about 93% higher than the national average.
High housing prices make up the bulk of the difference when it comes to the cost of living. Featuring premier real estate and median home prices of over $1M, housing costs in West University Place are about 312% higher than the national average.
One can expect to spend more on goods and services, with costs that are about 2% higher than the national average. Prices of food and groceries are about 11% lower than the national average.
Transportation costs in the city are about 3% lower than the national average, while expenses for healthcare are about 8% lower than the national average. Utilities costs, meanwhile, are about 7% higher than the national average.
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Things to do
West University Place is made up of 26 blocks or sections, with each featuring a variety of traditional bungalows, French-style homes, and modern luxurious estates.
Most of the city’s blocks feature affluent homes that are valued at over $1M. Some of the most luxurious sections include the Colonial Terrace, Sunset Terrace, Rice Court, Montecillo, Evanston, and Belle Court. Properties in these blocks can cost up to $5M.
The sections that feature homes with prices that range from $400,000 to $600,000 include Matthews Place, Cunningham Terrace, and Pemberton.
All the neighborhoods are conveniently located near award-winning schools. Those blocks that are nearest to the University Boulevard include the College View Blocks, Sunset Terrace, Rice Court, and Montecillo.
The sections that are nearest to the shopping and dining establishments around the city’s borders include the College Court, Colonial Terrace, Cambridge Place, Kent Place, Belle Court, Pemberton, and Virginia Court.