West University Place was named the Best Place To Live in the U.S. in a 24/7 Wall Street survey of 20,000 villages, towns and cities published by USA Today last month.
The survey created a weighted index of more than two dozen measures to identify the best American cities to live in including income, home values and property taxes, cost of living, travel time to work, employment rates, entertainment and cultural venues, educational institutions, and crime rates.
Here’s West U’s listing:
1. West University Place, Texas
• Population: 15,318
• 5-year population change: +4.0 percent
• Median home value: $917,800 (top 10 percent)
• Median household income: $220,868 (top 10 percent)
A wealthy suburb of Houston, West University Place ranks as the best city to live in both Texas and the United States. A wealthy city, the median household income in West University Place of nearly $221,000 a year is nearly four times the income the typical American household earns. A dollar also goes far in the city as goods and services are about 5 percent less expensive than they are nationwide on average. In addition to entertainment and culture in nearby Houston, West University has a far greater concentration of restaurants, bars, fitness centers, museums and theatre companies than is typical nationwide.
West University is also a safe city with a strong job market. The city’s violent crime rate of 64 incidents for every 100,000 people is among the lowest in the nation, as is the city’s five-year average unemployment rate of 2.7 percent.