Editor's note: The article was updated to add a clarification about the ACS data and to fix an error.

Population growth in the Bellaire-Meyerland-West University area was tempered by a 10% drop in residents in ZIP code 77096, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census American Community Survey.

The area as a whole grew by about 1.5%, while Harris County grew by 8.8% in the same time period. ZIP code 77005 added almost 2,400 residents, a 9% increase for the area, which includes West University Place and Rice University-area neighborhoods.


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Meanwhile, household incomes also rose more quickly in the Bellaire-Meyerland-West University area as compared to Harris County overall, according to the ACS data.


Incomes rose the fastest in ZIP code 77030, with households reaching a median income of $90,075, a 26.7%% increase in five years, but Bellaire ZIP code 77401 appears to have surpassed 77005 for the highest household median income, with $193,950, in 2019.



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These figures are from the ACS' 5-year statistical survey, which contains sampled data from 2014-2019. The 2014 data point reflects 2009-2014 survey findings. Because these are survey findings, a margin of error is also a factor.

The ACS gathers data from a sampling of the population and may not reflect the total census count that is being finalized for 2020.