Area information

Area Information

The Houston Metropolitan Chamber serves a community of businesses and residences that is unsurpassed in the Houston area in quality of living factors. Easy access to downtown Houston, as well as to the rest of the city via major freeways, makes the southwest area ideal for businesses. It is also home to major shopping, entertainment and educational venues including the Galleria, Reliant Center, Museum District, the Texas Medical Center, and other amenities.

Over the past 64 years, the Houston Metropolitan Chamber has grown with the communities around us. Progress in southwest Houston is continuous. Updating of roads and infrastructure, new and redeveloping shopping and business centers, and the ongoing renovation – house by house – of older, close-in neighborhoods, are constants for us.

It’s Happening in Southwest Houston

If it’s happening in Houston, it’s happening in Southwest Houston! Southwest Houston is a primary business and residential hub of the city. From the world-renowned Texas Medical Center to the vibrant Galleria area to dozens of terrific neighborhoods in-between, Southwest Houston is the place to live, work and play. Southwest Houston covers almost 60 square miles of charming neighborhoods, thriving businesses districts, exciting entertainment venues, and world-class medical care and educational institutions.

Business in Southwest Houston

With over 14,000 business establishments and approximately $13.5 billion dollars in annual payroll, Southwest Houston adds significantly to the Houston area economy. Its convenient, close-in location is traversed by most major thoroughfares in the city. Easy access to downtown and other business and residential areas of the city make Southwest Houston a great place to do business.

Living in Southwest Houston

Southwest Houston also boasts some of the first suburbs of Houston, although most of the area is now considered to be urban. The approximately 600,000 residents in Southwest Houston enjoy an enormous variety of choices in housing, shopping, entertainment, health care, public and private schools, higher education and worship.

Fingertip Facts
Zip Code/Area    PopulationHousing
BusinessesEmployeesAnnual  Payroll ($1000)
77401/Bellaire18,436 6,502 764 7,621 $323,787
77005/West University 25,083 10,317 948 9,430$305,231
77030/Medical Center12,449 6,373 765 58,645 $3,195,317
77031/Braeburn, Fondren Southwest 19,273 6,531 232 2,362 $71,248
77035/Westbury 44,851  15,444 395 4,268 $114,035
77036/Sharpstown86,307 30,372 2,465 32,060 $912,199
77046/Greenway Plaza533 380  473 21,062 $1,593,835
77054/Reliant Center, South Main18,878 10,190 741 24,390 $889,810
77056/Galleria15,903 8,610 2,482 53,813 $3,262,873
77057/Uptown40,226 22,517 2,284  33,287 $1,491,276
77071/Fondren Southwest28,359 9,756  247  2,004 $43,612
77074/Sharpstown, HBU 44,384 14,580 1,397 27,678  $908,653
77096/Meyerland 38,522 14,689 603 8,504  $228,590
Totals 393,204 160,880 14,159 289,535 $13,579,063
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