West Columbia, TX Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Columbia, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of West Columbia had a population of 4,189 as of July 1, 2016. West Columbia ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Texas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Columbia is located at latitude 29.1419 and longitude -95.6495 in Brazoria County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Columbia (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Brazoria County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 36 feet.

The City of West Columbia (GNIS ID: 2412218) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Texas is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of West Columbia is located within Brazoria-West Columbia Division of Brazoria County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Columbia population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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West Columbia, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 4,189
Population in Households 4,166
Population in Familes 3,528
Population in Group Qrtrs 23
Population Density1 1,636
Diversity Index2 62


Total Households 1,580
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 1,120
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,788 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,017 (56.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 563 (31.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 208 (11.6%)
Median Home Value $123,649
Average Home Value $159,430


Median Household Income $49,521
Average Household Income $62,692
Per Capita Income $24,698
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.13% 1.55%
Households 1.08% 1.51%
Families 1.38% 1.42%
Median Household Income   0.5%
Per Capita Income   1.32%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

West Columbia, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Columbia to the other 1,749 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 455 74th
Population Density1 # 391 78th
Diversity Index2 # 540 69th
Median Household Income # 671 62nd
Per Capita Income # 689 61st

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