Data released March 17 from the U.S. Census Bureau includes information from its Annual Community Survey 5-year estimates for 2016-20, including the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the bureau, the pandemic resulted in disruptions to its data collection, and the bureau revised its methodology to reduce bias occurring as a result of nonresponses in 2020.

According to the new data released in March, The Woodlands has seen an increase of more than 40% in the number of residents ages 65-74 as well as an increase of 16.29% in children ages 10-14 from the period of 2011-15 to 2016-20. In addition, overall population has grown by 8.34%, from 105,713 to 114,532.

The number of people over the age of 25 with education beyond high school has increased, particularly in the category of graduate or professional degrees. There has been a 20.6% increase in residents with graduate or professional degrees, from 15,511 to 18,707 residents, from 2011-15 to 2016-20. The number of people age 25 and older with an education below the ninth grade level has dropped by 25.11%, and the number with a ninth to twelfth grade education has dropped by 12.7%. Residents age 25 and older with associate and bachelor's degrees have increased 11.63% and 9.93%, respectively.

Among 41,210 households in The Woodlands, about 30% have an annual income higher than $200,000 a year in 2016-20, an increase from 22.7% in 2011-15. The percentage of households in every other category higher than $10,000 has decreased, except for $100,000 to $149,999, which increased from 17.8% to 18.3%, and $35,000 to $49,999, which stayed the same at 6.4% of households.

From 2011-15 to 2016-20, employee gains of greater than 10% among the full-time, year-round civilian employed population age 16 and older were recorded in sectors including transportation; finance, insurance, real estate rental and leasing; professional, scientific, management, administrative and wastewater services; educational services, health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services; and other services. Fewer employees were recorded in sectors including agriculture, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, information and public administration.