As forecasted in our West Houston Plan 2050 (published in 2007), historic growth has brought increased levels of population, jobs, and income to the region. Greater West Houston absorbed 36% of the population growth of the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (Houston MSA) between 2000 and 2015. In 2007, our regional forecast predicted that Greater West Houston’s population would reach 1,834,000 by 2035 and 2,163,000 by 2050. Just ten years later, new regional forecasts predict that Greater West Houston will reach those numbers by 2021 and 2031 respectively. While the absolute numbers may not be certain, continued growth appears extremely likely.
The West Houston Association’s Role and Vision, Past and Future The West Houston Association (WHA) was formed in 1979 as a not-for-profit group to promote high quality, sustainable growth. WHA advocates for an area of 1,000 square miles in the western portion of Harris County and parts of Fort Bend and Waller Counties (“Greater West Houston”). Over the past 40 years, Greater West Houston transformed from a few sleepy suburban and rural communities bisected by the Katy Freeway into an international, connected, and vibrant destination. The leadership of the West Houston Association has been instrumental in the manner and type of development, infrastructure, and educational offerings across this region.