West Lake Hills, Texas

Coordinates: 30°17′23″N 97°48′24″W / 30.28972°N 97.80667°W / 30.28972; -97.80667
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West Lake Hills, Texas
Location of West Lake Hills, Texas
Location of West Lake Hills, Texas
Coordinates: 30°17′23″N 97°48′24″W / 30.28972°N 97.80667°W / 30.28972; -97.80667
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.59 sq mi (9.31 km2)
 • Land3.59 sq mi (9.31 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
781 ft (238 m)
 • Total3,444
 • Density914.56/sq mi (353.08/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code512
FIPS code48-77632[2]
GNIS feature ID1349756[3]

West Lake Hills (locally referred to as "Westlake"[4]) is a city in Travis County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,444 at the 2020 census. The city developed rapidly in the 1970s and 1980s on the south side of the Colorado River.

It is a suburb of Austin, located just west of central Austin.


West Lake Hills was founded by Emmett Shelton, Sr. in 1953. Shelton played a significant role as a land planner for the city. The Emmett Shelton Bridge, named in his honor, is an important infrastructure that connects West Lake Hills with Austin.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
West Lake Hills racial composition as of 2020[7]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 2,810 81.59%
Black or African American (NH) 9 0.26%
Asian (NH) 175 5.08%
Some Other Race (NH) 15 0.44%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 134 3.89%
Hispanic or Latino 301 8.74%
Total 3,444

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,444 people, 1,193 households, and 1,002 families residing in the city.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,116 people, 1,143 households, and 873 families residing in the city. The population density was 835.7 inhabitants per square mile (322.7/km2). There were 1,185 housing units at an average density of 317.8 per square mile (122.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.60% White, 0.29% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.85% of the population.

There were 1,143 households, out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.0% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.1% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 35.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city of West Lake Hills was $116,905, and the median income for a family was $232,913. Males had a median income of $116,371 versus $43,969 for females. The per capita income for the city was $55,651. About 0.6% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over. In June 2010, the average home price was $1,225,697.


West Lake Hills is the only city completely within the Eanes Independent School District. Residents are zoned to Eanes Elementary School, Bridge Point Elementary School, Barton Creek Elementary School, Cedar Creek Elementary School, Forest Trail Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School, Hill Country Middle School, West Ridge Middle School, and Westlake High School.[10]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Serious Fro-Yo Shop Opens in Westlake".
  5. ^ 1984-1989 Distinguished Alumni - Texas State University
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  8. ^ https://www.census.gov/ [not specific enough to verify]
  9. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  10. ^ Eanes ISD boundary map (Archive) Accessed: 4/28/2012 "MIDDLE SCHOOL BOUNDARY 2007-08: Students living west of Loop 360 attend West Ridge MS Students living east of Loop 360 attend Hill Country MS Starting in 2008-09: Students from Barton Creek, Forest Trail, and Valley View attend West Ridge MS Students from Bridge Point, Cedar Creek and Eanes attend Hill Country MS."
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[8][9]

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