Economic & Demographics Profile

West Houston’s Economic & Demographics Introduction (*CLICK*)

Growth Places Strong Emphasis on Need for Improved Infrastructure

As the forecast of population and employment data suggest, we see continued strong demand for all elements of the market in GWH-residential and commercial facilities-through mid-century. With GWH on track to more than double its current population and employment base, strong emphasis must be placed on building and rebuilding the infrastructure to accommodate that growth.  The following areas of focus where first identified in the West Houston Plan 2050 and are presented here as an update on progress and needed improvement.

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GREATER WEST HOUSTON. Growth continues, a bright spot on the nation’s economy.

Greater West Houston is a high growth 1,000 square mile area in the western portions of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Metropolitan area. As of 2010 we are home to:

1.48 million residents | 555,000 housing | 457,000 jobs


GWH Population Growth 1990-2050


GWH Employment Growth 1990-2050

A History of Growth -— Population in Greater West Houston in 1970 was under 200,000 and by 1990 reached over 700,000. Jobs jumped from approximately 17,000 in 1970 to 242,000 in 1990. As the Houston region grew, suburban Greater West Houston benefited with new master planned residential developments. Major employment centers such as The Energy Corridor and Westchase grew as employers began their westward suburban migration.

Between 1990 and 2010 both of these trends accelerated, fueled by the availability of educational excellence, affordable housing and shorter commutes.

Growth Continues — The Greater West Houston Demographic and Economic Profile quantifies this growth and presents updated forecasts to 2050 when Greater West Houston’s population is expected to reach over 2.8 million with employment of 930,000. The traditional suburban Greater West Houston is now home to high density employment and high quality mixed use developments.

Population — Greater West Houston 2010 population is 1.48 million an increase of 772,000 in the two decades since 1990. Significantly the decade of the 2000’s increased at more rapid pace (plus 481,000) than in the 1990’s (plus 291,000).

Through 2050, population growth for each decade is forecasted to average 345,000.

Greater West Houston has increased its share of the 8-County Houston metropolitan region from 19% in 1990 to 21.5% in 2000 and by 2010 to 25.1%. Forecasts by CDS Market Research this will increase to 26% in 2030’s.

Subregional, sector growth trends (*CLICK*)

The West Houston Association has further identified Growth Zones within Greater West Houston as a means of depicting forecasted growth by sub region.

Households & Education

Greater West Houston gained substantial population in all racial and ethnic groups. The Hispanic population growth was particularly dramatic, increasing 107% from 2000 to 2010, adding almost a quarter of a million Hispanic residents in the area. The black population increased by 73% and the Asian population by 75%.

GWH Household size average in 2000 was 2.78, slightly lower than Houston MSA average of 2.81. However, GWH household size in 2010 is higher than the Houston MSA. (2.87 compared to 2.78)

Educational attainment in GWH is significantly higher than the Houston MSA. In GWH, 41.7% of the adults have a college degree compared to 33.6% in the Houston MSA.

Over 10% of GWH adults have a graduate or professional degree.


In GWH 59.7% of the households have incomes greater than $50,000 compared to 53.5% in the Houston MSA. The median household income in GWH is approximately $61,501 compared to $54,000 in the Houston MSA. (2009 Census Data)


During the 1990’s employment growth in GWH was 73,000 for a total of 410,000 in 2000. The 2000’s produced employment growth of 51,000. The 2010’s, 122,000. Forecast decadal growth through mid-century:

2000’s     122,000

2020’s     138,000

2030’s      109,000

2040’s      100,000

GWH has a significantly higher proportion of of jobs in the following sectors than the Houston MSA as a whole:  Mining (oil & gas), Retail Trade, Information, Professional, scientific/technical and administration.

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