Houston County, GA

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Population

150,341

0.807% growth

Median Age

35.1


Median Household Income

$55,965

0.874% growth

Poverty Rate

16.7%


Number of Employees

65,928

1.84% growth

Median Property Value

$135,800

0.147% decline

About

In 2017, Houston County, GA had a population of 150k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $55,965. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Houston County, GA grew from 149,137 to 150,341, a 0.807% increase and its median household income grew from $55,480 to $55,965, a 0.874% increase.

The population of Houston County, GA is 57.5% White Alone, 29.7% Black or African American Alone, and 6.58% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Houston County, GA speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Houston County, GA are Central Georgia Technical College (4,617 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Houston County, GA is $135,800, and the homeownership rate is 64.1%. Most people in Houston County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21 minutes. The average car ownership in Houston County, GA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Houston County, GA employs 65.9k people. The largest industries in Houston County, GA are Public Administration (11,902 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,121 people), and Retail Trade (7,663 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($57,586), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,148), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,938).

Median household income in Houston County, GA is $55,965. Males in Houston County, GA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,261. The income inequality in Houston County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,965

2017 value

± $2,162

0.874%

1 Year Growth

± 4.89%

Households in Houston County, GA have a median annual income of $55,965, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $55,480 in 2016, which represents a 0.874% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,744

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$46,261

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Georgia made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Georgia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,486 ± $3,787

  2. White

    $53,819 ± $950

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,415 ± $4,855

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Georgia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Houston County, GA is from Georgia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 211.03

  2. Census Tract 211.13

  3. Census Tract 212.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Houston County, GA was Census Tract 211.03 with a value of $92,757, followed by Census Tract 211.13 and Census Tract 212.01, with respective values of $79,058 and $78,653.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Houston County, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Houston County, GA (24.7k out of 148k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    11,843 ± 1,004

  2. Black

    10,811 ± 919

  3. Hispanic

    3,151 ± 508

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Houston County, GA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

65.9k

2017 Value

± 2,336

1.84%

1 Year growth

± 4.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Houston County, GA grew at a rate of 1.84%, from 64.7k employees to 65.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Houston County, GA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,986 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,772 people), and Management Occupations (6,432 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Houston County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Houston County, GA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,986 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,772 people), and Management Occupations (6,432 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Houston County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.16 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.7 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.29 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Houston County, GA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,163), Management Occupations ($67,525), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,633).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

65.9k

2017 Value

± 2,336

1.84%

1 Year growth

± 4.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Houston County, GA grew at a rate of 1.84%, from 64.7k employees to 65.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Houston County, GA, are Public Administration (11,902 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,121 people), and Retail Trade (7,663 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Houston County, GA, though some of these residents may live in Houston County, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Houston County, GA, by number of employees, are Public Administration (11,902 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,121 people), and Retail Trade (7,663 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Houston County, GA has an unusually high number of Public Administration (3.87 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.12 times), and Retail Trade (1.02 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Houston County, GA, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($57,586), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,148), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($50,938).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($38B) and Electronics ($30.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.1% of the population of Houston County, GA has health coverage, with 42.4% on employee plans, 13.6% on Medicaid, 6.53% on Medicare, 14.8% on non-group plans, and 8.88% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Houston County, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Houston County, GA see 2000 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.94% increase from the previous year (1962 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1926 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 895 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,000 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Houston County, GA see an average of 2,000 patients per year. This represents a 1.94% increase from the previous year (1,962 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Houston County, GA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.9%

Uninsured

42.4%

Employer Coverage

13.6%

Medicaid

6.53%

Medicare

14.8%

Non-Group

8.88%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Houston County, GA grew by 4.36% from 13.3% to 13.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Houston County, GA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Houston County, GA is home to a population of 150k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.61% of Houston County, GA residents were born outside of the country (8.43k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Houston County, GA is composed of 86.4k White Alone residents (57.5%), 44.6k Black or African American Alone residents (29.7%), 9.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.58%), 4.54k Asian Alone residents (3.02%), 4k Two or More Races residents (2.66%), 471 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.313%), 401 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.267%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Houston County, GA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Houston County, GA was 35.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Houston County, GA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Houston County, GA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.61%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.43k people

5.53%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

8.24k people

As of 2017, 5.61% of Houston County, GA residents (8.43k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Houston County, GA was 5.53%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    264,376 ± 12,459 people

  2. India

    85,239 ± 7,138 people

  3. Korea

    45,011 ± 5,197 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 264,376 Georgia residents, followed by India with 85,239 and Korea with 45,011.

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Citizenship

96.9%

2017 Citizenship

97.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.9% of Houston County, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Houston County, GA was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    86.4k ± 330

  2. Black or African American Alone

    44.6k ± 753

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    9.9k ± 1.17k

In 2017, there were 1.94 times more White Alone residents (86.4k people) in Houston County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 44.6k Black or African American Alone and 9.9k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Houston County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Houston County, GA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Houston County, GA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Houston County, GA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    6,069 ± 845

  2. Vietnam

    4,164 ± 401

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,130 ± 564

Houston County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Houston County, GA awarded 4,617 degrees. The student population of Houston County, GA is skewed towards women, with 2,779 male students and 4,983 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Houston County, GA are Black or African American (2,221 and 48.2%), followed by White (2,068 and 44.9%), Hispanic or Latino (162 and 3.52%), and Two or More Races (53 and 1.15%).

The largest universities in Houston County, GA by number of degrees awarded are Central Georgia Technical College (4,617 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Houston County, GA are Customer Service Support Operation (453 and 9.81%), Welding Technology (217 and 4.7%), and General Business Administration & Management (211 and 4.57%).

The median tuition costs in Houston County, GA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 453 degrees awarded

  2. 203 degrees awarded

  3. 195 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Houston County, GA was Customer Service Support Operation with 453 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Houston County, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

4,617 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Houston County, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Georgia Technical College with 4,617 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,033

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,584

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,033 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Houston County, GA, which is 0.787 times less than the 2,584 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    2,221 degrees awarded

  2. White

    2,068 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    162 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Houston County, GA were to Black or African American students. These 2,221 degrees mean that there were 1.07 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 2,068 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Houston County, GA was $135,800 in 2017, which is 0.624 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $136,000 to $135,800, a 0.147% decrease. The homeownership rate in Houston County, GA is 64.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Houston County, GA have an average commute time of 21 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Houston County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$55,965

Median Household Income

± $2,162

55.2k

Number of Households

± 1,918

In 2017, the median household income of the 55.2k households in Houston County, GA grew to $55,965 from the previous year's value of $55,480.

The following chart displays the households in Houston County, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$135,800

2017 Median

± $3,947

$136,000

2016 Median

± $3,463

In 2017, the median property value in Houston County, GA declined from to $135,800 from the previous year's value of $136,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Houston County, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Houston County, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Houston County, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Houston County, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

64.1%

2017 Homeownership

65.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.1% of the housing units in Houston County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Houston County, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Houston County, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Houston County, GA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

21 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Houston County, GA have a shorter commute time (21 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.31% of the workforce in Houston County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.2%

  2. Carpooled

    9.96%

  3. Worked At Home

    1.89%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Houston County, GA was Drove Alone (86.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.96%) and those who Worked At Home (1.89%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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