DATA: Bellaire incomes rise by 25%; Meyerland loses 3,500 residents

According to 2019 American Community Survey data, Bellaire ZIP code 77401 appears to have surpassed 77005 for the highest household median income, with $193,950. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

According to 2019 American Community Survey data, Bellaire ZIP code 77401 appears to have surpassed 77005 for the highest household median income, with $193,950. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

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.

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.

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.
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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