Houston, TX Community Profile: Data

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Houston: Basic Info

Houston is the everyday name that most people use for the community and surrounding area. However, the City of Houston is the formal official name. It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Harris County at latitude 29.7633 and longitude -95.3633. The elevation is 36 feet.

The City of Houston has formally defined boundaries. The boundaries are displayed in the map section.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Houston: Houston City.

Harris County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). Observes DST? Yes. Current Local Time.

Also See: Houston, TX ZIP Codes and ZIP Code Maps

Houston: Community Profile Overview & Basic Data

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The Houston Community Profile has 7 main navigation sections plus some ancillary topics in the blue navigation bar:

  1. The Data section (this page) contains Basic Parameters for Houston (Formal Name, Census Class Code, Coordinates and Time Zone) , current Demographic Information and a Peer Comparsion Table that shows how Houston ranks in comparison to its peer group.
  2. The Maps section has a Boundary Map for the City of Houston with a 1-click link to Driving Directions, Texas Congressional District Maps and a Map of Harris County.
  3. The Photos section of the Community Profile has Houston Local Area Photos. The locations where the photos were taken are plotted on a map. The photos are available in two sizes.
  4. The Directory is a Houston Directory of Business, Government and Social Services. The Directory can be searched by business name or category. There are also 40 point and click links to the most popular search categories.
  5. The Schools section has School Profiles for local area schools. You can also search for profiles of all Texas Public and Private Schools by School Name, City, County or ZIP Code.
  6. The Jobs section of the Houston Community Profile has a searchable database of employment opportunities in or near Houston. The jobs database can be searched by job category or keywords.
  7. The Places section lists popular "Places of Interest" in the local Houston area. The Places are listed by category. When you select a category, you're presented with a list of locations within a 15 mile search radius. Maps and driving direction are both 1-click links.

Houston, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)

POPULATION

Total Population 2,177,480
Population in Households 2,139,823
Population in Familes 1,679,885
Population in Group Qrtrs 37,657
Population Density1 3,632
Diversity Index2 85
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 811,434
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 496,145
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 924,458 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 357,473 (38.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 453,961 (49.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 113,024 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $178,258
Average Home Value $265,149
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $43,136
Average Household Income $67,373
Per Capita Income $25,323
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.86% 1.33%
Households 0.85% 1.38%
Families 0.7% 1.23%
Median Household Income   3.98%
Per Capita Income   3.55%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Houston, TX: Peer Comparison by Rank and Percentile (As of July 1, 2014)

The table below compares Houston to the other 1,752 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile. The place with the highest value is ranked # 1. Percentile example: a location that ranks higher than 25% of its peers would be in the 25th percentile of the peer group.

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Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 108 94th
Diversity Index2 # 14 99th
Median Household Income # 875 50th
Per Capita Income # 510 71st
Information Updates

The Demographic Data for the 4,699 Texas cities, towns, counties, ZIP Codes and Census Designated Places (CDPs) profiled in this gazetteer is updated annually. Last Update: July 1, 2014.

The ZIP Code maps and the data regarding the number of residential and business addresses in each ZIP Code are updated four times per year. Last Update: August 1, 2014.

The information on the 111,347 Texas Physical, Cultural and Historic Features is updated six times per year. Last Update: August 2, 2014.

The School Attendance Zone Maps are updated four times per year. Last Update: January 6, 2014.