Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

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Population

6.89M

1.77% growth

Median Age

34.4


Median Household Income

$63,802

3.39% growth

Poverty Rate

14.8%


Number of Employees

3.26M

1.54% growth

Median Property Value

$192,900

6.34% growth

About

In 2017, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX had a population of 6.89M people with a median age of 34.4 and a median household income of $63,802. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew from 6.77M to 6.89M, a 1.77% increase and its median household income grew from $61,708 to $63,802, a 3.39% increase.

The population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is 37.3% Hispanic or Latino, 36.1% White Alone, and 16.9% Black or African American Alone. 38.5% of the people in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX speak a non-English language, and 85.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are University of Houston (9,524 degrees awarded in 2016), Lone Star College System (9,020 degrees), and Houston Community College (8,129 degrees).

The median property value in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is $192,900, and the homeownership rate is 60.7%. Most people in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is 2 cars per household.

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX borders Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX, Huntsville, TX, El Campo, TX, Bay City, TX, and Brenham, TX.

Economy

The economy of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX employs 3.26M people. The largest industries in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (372,938 people), Retail Trade (348,296 people), and Manufacturing (316,126 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($100,396), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($92,386), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($84,567).

Median household income in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is $63,802. Males in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,183. The income inequality in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$63,802

2017 value

± $1,095

3.39%

1 Year Growth

± 1.92%

Households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have a median annual income of $63,802, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,708 in 2016, which represents a 3.39% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,834

Average Male Salary

± $720

$47,183

Average Female Salary

± $513

In 2017, full-time male employees in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX made 1.4 times more than female 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

    $66,972 ± $2,204

  2. White

    $53,020 ± $510

  3. Two or More Races

    $45,863 ± $2,727

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.26 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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is from Texas.

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

0.482

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.678% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Texas 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was Collin County, TX with a value of $94,933, followed by Rockwall County, TX and Fort Bend County, TX, with respective values of $94,848 and $90,845.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (969k out of 6.55M 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 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    572,173 ± 6,328

  2. Hispanic

    523,700 ± 6,153

  3. Black

    219,137 ± 4,191

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

3.26M

2017 Value

± 38,364

1.54%

1 Year growth

± 1.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew at a rate of 1.54%, from 3.21M employees to 3.26M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (206,356 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (100,841 people), and Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers (86,599 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (206,356 people), Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (100,841 people), and Driver/Sales Workers & Truck Drivers (86,599 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Painters & Paperhangers (1.87 times higher than expected), Extraction Workers (1.86 times), and Plant & System Operators (1.82 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($91,912), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($82,706), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($81,059).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.26M

2017 Value

± 38,364

1.54%

1 Year growth

± 1.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew at a rate of 1.54%, from 3.21M employees to 3.26M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (372,938 people), Retail Trade (348,296 people), and Manufacturing (316,126 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, though some of these residents may live in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (372,938 people), Retail Trade (348,296 people), and Manufacturing (316,126 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (7.45 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.12 times), and Construction (1.48 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($100,396), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($92,386), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($84,567).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $282B

  2. $216B

  3. $159B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $282B, followed by Gasoline with $216B and Mixed freight and $159B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.97T

2015 Value

$2.8T

Projected 2045 Value

42.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Texas trade was $1.97T. This is expected to increase 42.1% to $2.8T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Texas 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 Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $85.7B

  2. $53.4B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $85.7B, followed by Oklahoma with $53.4B and California and $34.5B.

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

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Health

81.8% of the population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX has health coverage, with 47.6% on employee plans, 15.4% on Medicaid, 8.07% on Medicare, 9.75% on non-group plans, and 0.966% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX see 1670 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1672 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1790 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1012 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Angelina County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,670 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,670 patients per year. This represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1,672 patients).

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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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$6,998

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,696

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,273

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,895

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

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

18.2%

Uninsured

47.6%

Employer Coverage

15.4%

Medicaid

8.07%

Medicare

9.75%

Non-Group

0.966%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew by 5.47% from 17.2% to 18.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 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. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.4% prevalence

  3. 14.3% prevalence

Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 14.5%.

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Diversity

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is home to a population of 6.89M people, from which 85.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 22.3% of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is composed of 2.57M Hispanic or Latino residents (37.3%), 2.49M White Alone residents (36.1%), 1.16M Black or African American Alone residents (16.9%), 539k Asian Alone residents (7.82%), 104k Two or More Races residents (1.51%), 14k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.203%), 13.7k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.198%), and 2.6k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0377%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are Spanish or Spanish Creole (1,783,996 speakers), Vietnamese (104,502 speakers), and Chinese (80,822 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was 34.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

22.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

21.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 22.3% of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was 21.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,536,761 ± 37,310 people

  2. India

    269,624 ± 12,687 people

  3. El Salvador

    222,793 ± 11,543 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was Mexico, the natal country of 2,536,761 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX residents, followed by India with 269,624 and El Salvador with 222,793.

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Citizenship

85.8%

2017 Citizenship

85.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 85.8% of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was 85.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    2.57M ± 40.7k

  2. White Alone

    2.49M ± 3.51k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    1.16M ± 8.69k

In 2017, there were 1.03 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (2.57M people) in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.49M White Alone and 1.16M Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    1,783,996 speakers (28.9%)

  2. Vietnamese

    104,502 speakers (1.69%)

  3. Chinese

    80,822 speakers (1.31%)

38.5% of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 28.9% of the overall population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.69% speak Vietnamese and 1.31% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    81,034 ± 4,278

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    63,519 ± 5,685

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    49,681 ± 4,405

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.28 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX awarded 65,528 degrees. The student population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is skewed towards women, with 136,608 male students and 174,874 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are Hispanic or Latino (19,969 and 32.9%), followed by White (18,809 and 31%), Black or African American (12,440 and 20.5%), and Asian (5,857 and 9.64%).

The largest universities in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX by number of degrees awarded are University of Houston (9,524 and 14.5%), Lone Star College System (9,020 and 13.8%), and Houston Community College (8,129 and 12.4%).

The most popular majors in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are General Studies (7,702 and 11.8%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (5,177 and 7.9%), and General Business Administration & Management (3,399 and 5.19%).

The median tuition costs in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are $15,428 for private four year colleges, and $4,992 and $18,770 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,009 degrees awarded

  2. 7,623 degrees awarded

  3. 5,037 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was Registered Nursing with 1,009 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 9,524 degrees awarded

  2. 9,020 degrees awarded

  3. 8,129 degrees awarded

$4,992

Median In-State Public

$15,428

Median Private

In 2016, the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Houston with 9,524 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

28,187

Degrees Awarded to Men

37,341

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 28,187 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, which is 0.755 times less than the 37,341 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    19,969 degrees awarded

  2. White

    18,809 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    12,440 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX were to Hispanic or Latino students. These 19,969 degrees mean that there were 1.06 times more Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 18,809 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was $192,900 in 2017, which is 0.886 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $181,400 to $192,900, a 6.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is 60.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have an average commute time of 28.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$63,802

Median Household Income

± $1,095

2.32M

Number of Households

± 29,095

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.32M households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew to $63,802 from the previous year's value of $61,708.

The following chart displays the households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 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

$192,900

2017 Median

± $2,073

$181,400

2016 Median

± $2,235

In 2017, the median property value in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew to to $192,900 from the previous year's value of $181,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

60.7%

2017 Homeownership

59.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 60.7% of the housing units in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

28.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have a longer commute time (28.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.37% of the workforce in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.3%

  2. Carpooled

    9.99%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.68%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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