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Houston, TX

Houston is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
2,295,980
Houston Population7
$
41,264
Median Income6
6.2
%
Unemployment Rate20
 

City Score

 

Population

Since 2010, the population of Houston has grown 77% faster than the national average, partially driven by the segment of the population that is 65- to 74-year olds which grew by 36%

Age

32.9
Median Age7
11.0
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Houston residents are predominantly Hispanic/Mexican and the city is becoming less diverse as the Hispanic community has grown by 17.1% since 2010, while the white community, 2nd largest in the city, has shrunk by 50.2%

Race

42.3
%
Texas Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Houston has very high humidity, heavy rainfall, and few cold days. The average humidity is 74%, the annual rainfall is 53 inches, and the temperature drops to 32°F or below only 15 days per year

Weather

28
%
Chance of Rain13
55
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature43

 

Housing

The average home value in Houston increased by 52% since 2010 which is 9% higher than the national average and 3% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,500
Monthly Average14
43
%
Renters44

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Houston is a low tax location with no state or local income tax, but sales tax 20% higher than the national average and property tax 62% higher than the national average.

Other

1.81
%
Property Tax24
8.25
%
Sales Tax22
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax24

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)45

 

Employment

Houston has an average employment rate of 94% which is 0% higher than the national average. The largest employers are Schlumberger and Sysco

Income

24.2
%
<$25,0006
15.2
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry20

 

Politics

Houston is centrist with a liberal slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results47

Representatives

Mayor31 Sylvester Turner
Democratic
House of Representative31 Sheila Jackson Lee
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Park Plaza Hospital, is 7.8 miles from the center of Houston, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, is 9.2 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is 9.0 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical32 CBD Oil Only
Decriminalized32 No
 

Safety

In Texas, 35.5% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a decrease since 2000 when 41.7% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks33
No
Permit to Purchase Law33

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#66 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche34
#29 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report35
#69 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche36
#30 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report37
#97 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub38
 

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