Greater West Houston is a dynamic, high growth 1,000 square mile area in the western portions of the Houston metropolitan area. Population in 1980 was under 400,000 and by 1990 reached over 700,000. Jobs jumped from 150,000 in 1980 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 to the new, growing employment centers.
With a 2010 population base of 1.5 million, Greater West Houston’s economic growth continues. Traditional suburban Greater West Houston is now home to high density employment and high quality mixed use development.
This growth did not just happen. It depended upon an excellent educational system, significant expansion of the transportation network and public policies that allowed both high quality master planned communities and affordable housing to flourish.
For the future, we know the Greater West Houston economy will continue to grow. And just as we relied upon infrastructure in the past, there will be a continuing need for planning and financing new and rebuilt transportation, education, water and drainage systems.