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Smart and rich: These are areas of the city that super Houstonians call home

Craig Hlavat, Houston Chronicle
Updated 8:24 pm, Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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  • West University PlaceMedian household income: $147,026College Graduates: 83%Rank: 99  Photo: Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle
    West University Place

    Median household income: $147,026
    College Graduates: 83%
    Rank: 99  Photo: Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle

 

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Houston has its obviously wealthy areas, and locations near its several universities might be home to the smartest Houstonians, but where do the two groups collide into a super mix of the smartest and richest people in the city?

A Washington Post report on America's "Super ZIPs" earlier this week highlighted the "most prosperous, highly educated demographic clusters" of the country by ZIP code.

The Post says that they uncovered these super areas by using census data to find where the combination of income and education is most prevalent. Basically, where the rich and smart people reside. The median household income and percentage of college graduates tell the tale.

The Post goes heavily into the suburbs nearby the nation's capitol. They look to be pretty egghead-y.

Looking at the Houston area, the stats plot Katy (77494), River Oaks (77019), Bellaire (77401), Memorial (77024), and West University Place (77005) as points where higher education and a healthy paycheck are best represented.

Farther out, you will find Clear Lake (77058), Sugar Land (77479), Kingwood (77345) and The Woodlands (77381) also in higher tax brackets. 

One would think that the Heights area (77008) would be full of $100K lifestyles but according to WashPo's numbers, the median household income is just over $63K.

Up north near Dallas, you will find Southlake, which boasts a nearly $184K median income and 68 percent college grad rate.

Check out the stats from one of the most-famous ZIP codes in the country, 90210. The median income in Beverly Hills is $129,539 with 59 percent holding college degrees. No wonder the Peach Pit was always so packed.