Houston, TX Overview

Boasting one of the lowest costs of living in the nation and a quality of life that excels in every facet, Houston is a study in excellence.  The dynamic economy encompasses jewels like the Port of Houston, the Houston Airport System, the world's largest medical center complex, and NASA's largest installation, Johnson Space Center.  Long known for its industrial prowess, the area's considerable assets have resulted in a boom of high technology activity.  As the academic center of the Southwest, Houston is home to distinguished school districts, acclaimed private schools, and prominent colleges and universities.  Approximately 40 institutions of higher education are scattered throughout the metropolitan area, from convenient and affordable community colleges to major universities.  Reflecting the caliber of Houston educational opportunities, three Nobel Prize winners have emerged from Rice University and the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center since 1996.  State-of-the-art healthcare facilities and advanced research institutes are so highly developed in Houston that the city is an international destination for quality patient care.  Over 40 member institutions make up the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, including the top cancer hospital in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.  An entire network of medical centers, hospitals, clinics, and support facilities serve the metro area, employing nearly seven percent of the regional workforce.

Located primarily in Harris County but stretching into Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties, and is the nation's fourth largest city.  Ranked as the 8th most livable metropolitan areas in North American in the Places Rated Almanac, Houston combines affordable housing and vibrant neighborhoods with world-class shopping, superb recreational amenities, endless attractions, and cultural treasures.  Year-round resident companies represent all the major performing arts, theatre, opera, ballet, and symphony.  The city's Theater District is second only to New York City for its concentration of seats in one geographic area, while the unique museum district offers an amazing mecca of museums, galleries, art and cultural institutions.

Throughout the metropolitan region, residents can enjoy professional and collegiate sports, elite golf courses, entertainment centers, spectacular attractions, and water sports on abundant waterways.  Freshwater lakes and Galveston Bay are less than 40 miles from downtown Houston.  Just beyond the front door, the city maintains over 310 lush parks filled with first-rate facilities and 80 miles of multi-purpose trails.  Major attractions include thrilling amusement parts and water parks, the Houston Zoological Gardens, Moody Gardens, race parks, and a long list of colorful annual celebrations. Wonderful restaurants abound, drawing out residents for casual to formal dining more often than any other city in the nation.

Culturally diverse and delightfully cosmopolitan, the city ranks as the nation's third largest consular corps representing over 70 nations.  Dozens of international chambers of commerce join foreign banks, trade associations, and the ranks of Houston offices for international companies.  Newcomers will discover a city that manages to balance its obvious sophistication with the friendliness, warmth, and gracious hospitality of its Texan heritage.  Even more dazzling than the array of amenities in Houston is the attractive, affordable selection of housing.  Downtown lofts, elegant townhouses, historic Victorians, rambling ranches, tree-shaded subdivisions, and luxurious estates are just a few of the choices available.  Regardless of the neighborhood or suburban enclave you choose to call home, the City of Houston ensures an unsurpassed quality of life that only grows richer with each passing year.


Population Growth (since 2000)18%
Population Density (ppl / mile)3,806.00
Household Size (ppl)2.615
Households w/ Children30%

Housing Stability

Annual Residential Turnover0%
5+ Years in Residency27%
Median Year in Residency2.86

Housing Inventory

Houston, TX Housing Inventory 468,887112,667426,784468,887112,667

Market Overview

13281 listings with an estimated median price of $345,000

$0 - 100K748
$100K - 200K1774
$200K - 300K3011
$300K - 400K2688
$400K - 500K1501
$500K - 600K890
$600K - 700K538
$700K - 800K399
$800K - 900K251
$900K - 1M208
$1M - Max1273
Property TypeCount
Single Family8724
Lots and Land1905
Multi Family452

(Data as of 4/23/2024)

Population Demographics

The population of the community broken down by age group. The numbers at the top of each bar indicate the number of people in the age bracket below.

Houston, TX Population Demographics

Total: 2,378,866


Median Age: 34.82

Climate and Weather

The Temperature chart displays average high and low values for January and July, and is designed to provide an indication of both seasonal and daily temperature variability. The Weather Risk Index indicates the calculated risk of each type of weather event occurring in the future. This risk is based on historical localized storm events and weather patterns. The national average for each type of weather event equals a score of 100, so a score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Temperature (degrees F)

Houston, TX Temperature

Weather Risk

Houston, TX Weather Risk


The Community Educational Index chart is based on the U.S. Census Bureau's Socioeconomic Status (SES) elements. Factors used in creating the index below are income, educational achievement, and occupation of persons within the selected ZIP code. Since this index is based on the population of an entire Zip code, it may not reflect the nature of an individual school.

Education Climate Index

Houston, TX Education Climate Index

Highest Education Level Attained

Houston, TX Highest Education Level Attained 145,099345,474282,458200,929179,910287,15875,221145,099345,474200,929179,910

Employment and Finance


Houston, TX Workforce

Income by dollar range (Median Income: $51,620)

Houston, TX Income by dollar range 65,90148,56651,23252,71748,73747,16542,45442,45537,61264,64182,42091,84163,24239,80960,72431,48113,44411,231

Fair Market Rents

The Fair Market Rents show average gross rent estimates based on figures provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Smoking Ban

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The Crime Index compares the risk or probability of future occurrence of certain types of crime in this community as compared to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 1.0, so a score of 2.0 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 0.50 would represent half the risk of the national average.

Houston, TX Crime

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