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West Columbia, Texas - Basic Facts

The City of West Columbia had a population of 4,243 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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West Columbia, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 4,243
Daytime Population: Workers 1,265
Daytime Population: Residents 2,485
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,750
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.88
Population in Households 4,219
Population in Familes 3,569
Population in Group Qrtrs 24
Population Density2 1,657
Diversity Index3 62


Median Household Income $51,233
Average Household Income $65,972
Per Capita Income $26,043


Total Housing Units 1,790 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,031 (57.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 571 (31.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 188 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $129,046
Average Home Value $166,602


Total Households 1,602
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 1,134
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.15% 1.49%
Households 1.13% 1.47%
Families 1.36% 1.39%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   2.61%

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, 2017 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 # 454 74th
Population Density # 390 78th
Diversity Index # 548 69th
Median Household Income # 676 61st
Per Capita Income # 670 62nd

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