Harris County, Texas (TX)

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County population in 2012: 4,253,700 (99% urban, 1% rural); it was 3,400,578 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 580,173
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 234,637
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 667,129
Renter-occupied apartments: 620,345 (it was 538,387 in 2000)
% of renters here:

45%
State:

36%

Land area: 1729 sq. mi.

Water area: 48.9 sq. mi.

Population density: 2418 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Harris County: 92.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (25.4%), Educational, health and social services (17.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 65%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 30%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Harris County, Texas:

  • Hispanic or Latino (40.8%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (33.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (18.4%)
  • Asian alone (6.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
Median resident age:  32.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 2,037,405  (41.4%)
Females: 2,055,054  (58.6%)

Harris County,TX real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Harris County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $52,489 ($42,598 in 1999)

This county:

$52489
Texas:

$51704

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $736 (lower quartile is $569, upper quartile is $974)
This county:

$736
State:

$711


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $133,100 (it was $84,200 in 2000)
Harris:

$133,100
Texas:

$132,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $89,000 - $213,400

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $203,490
Here:

$203,490
State:

$188,898

Townhouses or other attached units: $184,486
Here:

$184,486
State:

$180,420

In 2-unit structures: $189,869
Here:

$189,869
State:

$130,111

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $147,130
Here:

$147,130
State:

$130,946

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $179,633
Here:

$179,633
State:

$183,324

Mobile homes: $44,277
Here:

$44,277
State:

$60,009

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $19,458
Here:

$19,458
State:

$67,181
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,439
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $492

Institutionalized population: 24,427

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

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Health of residents in Harris County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2009:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is worse than average.
73.2% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
39.9% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is less than average.
78.6% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
63.8% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 196 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 169 pounds. This is more than average.
28.6% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.


Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 18244 buildings, average cost: $134,700
  • 2001: 20122 buildings, average cost: $128,600
  • 2002: 23052 buildings, average cost: $122,400
  • 2003: 26450 buildings, average cost: $116,200
  • 2004: 28020 buildings, average cost: $120,600
  • 2005: 32465 buildings, average cost: $117,100
  • 2006: 33023 buildings, average cost: $125,400
  • 2007: 23985 buildings, average cost: $141,000
  • 2008: 14823 buildings, average cost: $149,400
  • 2009: 11591 buildings, average cost: $141,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,358 (2.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,097 (1.8%)

Harris County household income distribution in 2009 Harris County home values distribution Harris County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.5%
(7.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.1% for Black residents, 24.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.8% for American Indian residents, 24.2% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 24.3% for other race residents, 16.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.5%
Harris County:

18.5%
Texas:

17.5%
(7.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 25.1% for Black residents, 24.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.1% for American Indian residents, 21.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 24.3% for other race residents, 16.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 32 years old
(Males: 32 years old, Females: 33 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 34 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

Area name: Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, TX HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Harris County is $612 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $743 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $990 a month.

Cities in this county include: Houston, Northwest Harris, Pasadena, Southeast Harris, Baytown, Northeast Harris, Spring, Atascocita, La Porte, Channelview.

Harris County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2005 air pollution in Harris County:

Carbon Monoxide: 3 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Lead: 0.01 µg/m3 (standard limit: 1.5 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.019 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.156 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Significanly above U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.102 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Significanly above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 49 µg/m3. Significanly above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 137 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 15.9 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 29 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.007 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides 24-hour: 0.027 ppm (standard limit: 0.14 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Harris County: Deepwater Power Plant (A), Warren Ranch (B), Sheldon Fish Hatchery (C), Baytown Fairgrounds (D), Baytown Youth Fair (E), Cypress Plaza (F), Cypress Station (G), Great Southwest Equestrian Center (H), Houston Port Authority (I), Inverness Forest (J), Tealbrook (K), Willow Dell (L), Cedar Bayou (M), East River Lookout (N), Peter and Sophie Wunderlich Farm (O), Letter M Ranch (P), Luce (Q), Boheman Hall (R), Camp Holden (S), Cy - Fair Volunteer Fire Department Station 11 (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: North Oaks Shopping Center (1), Beechnut Village Shopping Center (2), Camden Oaks Shopping Center (3), Champion Forest Shopping Center (4), Champions Forest Plaza Shopping Center (5), Champions Village I Shopping Center (6), Chasewood Village Shopping Center (7), Clay Hill Plaza Shopping Center (8), Copperfield Village Shopping Center (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Harris County include: Cy Fair Baptist Church (A), Cornerstone Baptist Church (B), Coady Baptist Church (C), Champion Forest Baptist Church (D), Central Baptist Church Northwest (E), Calvary Baptist Church Tomball (F), Calvary Baptist Chapel Church (G), Brookhollow Baptist Church (H), First Baptist West Houston Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Evergreen Cemetery (1), Baker Cemetery (2), Baytown Memorial Cemetery (3), Mueschkle Cemetery (4), Bonin Cemetery (5), Budde Cemetery (6), Houston National Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Bakers Lake (A), Tank Lake (B), West Camp Lake (C), Black Lake (D), McCracken Lake (E), Isabell Lake (F), Taylor Pond (G), Copeland Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Walnut Creek (A), Vince Bayou (B), Tucker Bayou (C), Sugar Creek (D), Patrick Bayou (E), Panther Branch (F), Turkey Creek (G), Kickapoo Creek (H), Little Mound Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Harris County include: Lake Houston State Park (1), Kiein Park (2), L T May Park (3), Katy Park (4), Jesse H Jones County Park (5), Spring Creek Park (6), Spring Klein Park (7), Northwood Park (8), Mercer Paril Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Brazoria County , Chambers County , Fort Bend County , Galveston County , Liberty County , Montgomery County , Waller County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.4%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 186,214
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 74.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 26.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 756,548 (30% naturalized citizens)

Harris County:

22.2%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 216,703
  • 1990 to 1994: 157,838
  • 1985 to 1989: 103,435
  • 1980 to 1984: 111,643
  • 1975 to 1979: 79,033
  • 1970 to 1974: 39,827
  • 1970 to 1974: 20,083
  • 1965 to 1969: 27,986

Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 93.5%

Harris County marital status for males Harris County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Harris County with a mortgage: 422,134 (19,866 second mortgage, 21,648 home equity loan, 535 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 177,074

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Harris County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,077,2872,102
Catholic741,896109
Mainline Protestant278,855288
Other213,212296
Black Protestant65,641211
Orthodox12,88425
None1,702,684-
Harris County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 737
Harris County:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 41
Here:

0.10 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 530
This county:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1,321
Harris County:

3.38 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2,302
This county:

5.88 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Harris County:

8.9%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Harris County:

26.0%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.1%
State:

15.7%

Agriculture in Harris County:

Average size of farms: 124 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $21,565
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $786.62
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 57.10%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 33.81%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $25,272
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 14.59%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 15.32%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $25,697
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.01%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 17.43
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.12%
Corn for grain: 4884 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 262 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 1116 harvested acres
Vegetables: 698 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 758 acres

Tornado activity:

Harris County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 1017673.3 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 11 fatalities and 317 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 12/31/1984, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 53 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Harris County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 340.4 miles away from Harris County center
On 4/9/1993 at 12:29:19, a magnitude 4.3 (4.1 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 179.7 miles away from the county center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 389.8 miles away from the county center
On 4/7/2008 at 09:51:12, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB, 3.9 MW, 3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 171.9 miles away from the county center
On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi) earthquake occurred 480.4 miles away from Harris County center
On 5/27/2002 at 00:28:16, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MB, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 193.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Harris County (23) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Hurricanes: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Tropical Storms: 3, Fire: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (52%)
  • El Salvador (8%)
  • Vietnam (6%)
  • India (3%)
  • Honduras (2%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (2%)
  • Guatemala (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Harris County (%):

  • German (7%)
  • United States or American (6%)
  • English (5%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)

Harris County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,147,906 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 221,853 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 59,695 (4%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 339 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 170 (0%)
  • Railroad: 209 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 98 (0%)
  • Taxi: 1,541 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 1,766 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 4,800 (0%)
  • Walked: 26,747 (2%)
  • Other means: 14,274 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 36,195 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Harris County, Texas in 2000:

  • 9,564 people in nursing homes
  • 9,050 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 4,520 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 4,322 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 2,800 people in other group homes
  • 2,778 people in state prisons
  • 1,611 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 1,146 people in federal prisons and detention centers
  • 814 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 740 people in religious group quarters
  • 524 people in halfway houses
  • 489 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 476 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 413 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 343 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 304 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 295 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 282 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 273 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 249 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 247 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 226 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 224 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 213 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 142 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 114 people in crews of maritime vessels
  • 106 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 88 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 49 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 31 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 3 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 2 people in wards in military hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere

People in group quarters in Harris County, Texas in 2010:

  • 10,107 people in college/university student housing
  • 9,694 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 7,990 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 4,024 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 3,317 people in state prisons
  • 2,461 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 1,728 people in federal detention centers
  • 1,417 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 1,269 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 807 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 514 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 434 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 245 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 230 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 208 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 40 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 27 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 12 people in maritime/merchant vessels
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $60,924.

5.04% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($48,713 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.04%
Texas average:

7.14%


0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,867 average AGI)
Harris County:

0.06%
Texas average:

0.08%

2.79% relocated from other counties in Texas ($23,522 average AGI)
2.19% relocated from other states ($23,325 average AGI)
Harris County:

2.19%
Texas average:

2.49%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Fort Bend County, TX  0.58% ($43,153 average AGI)
from Montgomery County, TX  0.36% ($53,106)
from Galveston County, TX  0.23% ($41,153)
from Brazoria County, TX  0.20% ($46,296)
from Travis County, TX  0.13% ($46,047)
from Dallas County, TX  0.12% ($48,097)
from Bexar County, TX  0.10% ($38,254)


4.85% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($55,200 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.85%
Texas average:

6.69%


0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($2,308 average AGI)
Harris County:

0.10%
Texas average:

0.10%

3.04% relocated to other counties in Texas ($32,386 average AGI)
1.71% relocated to other states ($20,506 average AGI)
Harris County:

1.71%
Texas average:

2.01%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Fort Bend County, TX  0.70% ($57,326 average AGI)
to Montgomery County, TX  0.46% ($60,825)
to Brazoria County, TX  0.24% ($48,130)
to Galveston County, TX  0.24% ($47,164)
to Travis County, TX  0.14% ($53,098)
to Dallas County, TX  0.12% ($44,921)
to Bexar County, TX  0.10% ($45,333)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 18.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 18.4
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 17.0

Births per 1000 population in Harris County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 5.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 5.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Harris County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2012: 6.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Harris County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 297,637 (255,791 aged, 41,846 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.82
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11178.9
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 265.920
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 30506.23

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1900.030
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 568.5
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 6.77

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 45.82
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 80.53

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.02
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 6293.063

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 101.5. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 73.4
  • Cut/Pierce - 9.5
  • Suffocation - 3.0
  • Fire/Burn - 1.1
  • Struck by/against - 1.1
  • Other - 13.4

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 95.8. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 54.0
  • Suffocation - 17.9
  • Poisoning - 17.2
  • Fall - 2.4
  • Cut/Pierce - 1.3
  • Other - 3.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,047,935

Size of family households: 323,497 2-persons, 227,499 3-persons, 209,515 4-persons, 122,042 5-persons, 57,005 6-persons, 46,094 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 361,888 1-person, 71,663 2-persons, 10,041 3-persons, 3,733 4-persons, 1,314 5-persons, 501 6-persons, 363 7-or-more-persons.

644,140 married couples with children.
219,644 single-parent households (43,484 men, 176,160 women).

63.8% of residents of Harris County speak English at home.
28.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (47% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
2.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (72% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
3.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (46% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other language at home (77% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $15,798,626,000 ($4335 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $874,610,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $4,921,784,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $3,132,368,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $27,068,000
Federal grants: $3,350,973,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,565,433,000 ($459,738,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,801,000,000 ($142,009,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $9,435,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,166,395,000
Federal Government insurance: $40,085,618,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 343,524
Here:

93 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 107,111
Here:

29 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +183,129
Here:

+50 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -122,915
Here -33 per 1000 residents
State +10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Harris County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 331.57 millions of gallons per day (93% from ground, 7% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.5
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 43,298
  • 2000 to 2004: 355,434
  • 1990 to 1999: 219,011
  • 1980 to 1989: 258,684
  • 1970 to 1979: 358,908
  • 1960 to 1969: 181,158
  • 1950 to 1959: 132,196
  • 1940 to 1949: 57,016
  • 1939 or earlier: 45,739
Rooms in houses/apartments in Harris County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 1,698
  • 2 rooms: 12,129
  • 3 rooms: 46,801
  • 4 rooms: 44,419
  • 5 rooms: 126,554
  • 6 rooms: 156,333
  • 7 rooms: 112,140
  • 8 rooms: 80,851
  • 9+ rooms: 86,204
  • 1 room: 46,158
  • 2 rooms: 91,334
  • 3 rooms: 128,302
  • 4 rooms: 125,654
  • 5 rooms: 85,129
  • 6 rooms: 38,265
  • 7 rooms: 14,239
  • 8 rooms: 5,996
  • 9+ rooms: 3,310
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Harris County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 12,079
  • 1 bedroom: 28,897
  • 2 bedrooms: 106,625
  • 3 bedrooms: 320,581
  • 4 bedrooms: 172,131
  • 5+ bedrooms: 26,816
  • no bedroom: 54,747
  • 1 bedroom: 220,012
  • 2 bedrooms: 178,804
  • 3 bedrooms: 69,911
  • 4 bedrooms: 13,802
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,111
Cars and other vehicles available in Harris County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 23,719
  • 1 vehicle: 180,089
  • 2 vehicles: 326,273
  • 3 vehicles: 103,652
  • 4 vehicles: 26,634
  • 5+ vehicles: 6,762
  • no vehicle: 80,685
  • 1 vehicle: 289,436
  • 2 vehicles: 141,194
  • 3 vehicles: 21,407
  • 4 vehicles: 3,856
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,809

51% of Harris County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 74% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Texas.

Harris County:

50.7%
State average:

51.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $82,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Harris County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (67.3%)
  • Electricity (30.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.5%)
  • Electricity (75.1%)
  • Utility gas (23.0%)
  • No fuel used (1.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 31,833
Here:

7.0%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 14,135
Here:

6.8%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 22,891
Here:

15.3%
Texas:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Harris County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Toll Highways: $120,935,000
    Central Staff Services: $64,847,000
    General - Other: $31,573,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $26,121,000
    Regular Highways: $22,557,000
    General Public Buildings: $19,346,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $13,416,000
    Hospitals: $9,858,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,488,000
    Police Protection: $1,766,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,093,000
    Parks and Recreation: $893,000
    Health - Other: $804,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $49,000
    Libraries: $7,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $859,939,000
    Police Protection: $346,770,000
    Health - Other: $203,282,000
    General - Other: $195,967,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $166,303,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $83,800,000
    Toll Highways: $76,566,000
    General Public Buildings: $50,956,000
    Central Staff Services: $50,666,000
    Corrections - Other: $47,585,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $40,210,000
    Regular Highways: $36,106,000
    Financial Administration: $29,830,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $26,310,000
    Correctional Institutions: $22,405,000
    Libraries: $22,393,000
    Parks and Recreation: $21,517,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,095,000
    Local Fire Protection: $3,954,000
    Parking Facilities: $317,000
    Solid Waste Management: $22,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $449,863,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - General - Other: $42,000
    Regular Highways: $16,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Natural Resources - Other: $45,089,000
    General - Other: $23,937,000
    Hospitals: $18,129,000
    Police Protection: $15,511,000
    Central Staff Services: $10,035,000
    Toll Highways: $9,035,000
    General Public Building: $7,023,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,997,000
    Health - Other: $3,619,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,653,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,594,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,582,000
    Regular Highways: $1,242,000
    Housing and Community Development: $820,000
    Local Fire Protection: $634,000
    Libraries: $516,000
    Financial Administration: $470,000
    Corrections - Other: $255,000
    Solid Waste Management: $79,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,086,548,000

Harris County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Toll Highways: $331,671,000
    Hospital Public: $256,316,000
    All Other: $192,186,000
    Regular Highways: $30,632,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,579,000
    Parking Facilities: $1,175,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $30,701,000
    Housing and Community Development: $23,096,000
    All Other: $19,937,000
    Natural Resources: $15,229,000
    Public Welfare: $1,990,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $42,123,000
    Health and Hospitals: $26,331,000
    Highways: $16,544,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $244,948,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $69,118,000
    Rents: $30,077,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $26,790,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $13,502,000
    Sale of Property: $926,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $215,642,000
    Public Welfare: $174,112,000
    All Other: $69,995,000
    General Local Government Support: $11,044,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,232,198,000
    Other Selective Sales: $56,228,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $26,868,000
    NEC: $2,883,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $54,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $3,000

Harris County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,207,809,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,119,854,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $3,141,618,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $2,958,796,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $332,028,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $317,222,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $244,073,000
    Issue, Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $134,400,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $371,196,000
    Beginning: $215,909,000

Harris County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,109,330,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,000,951,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,069,403,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Harris County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Harris County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 642 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED17,584$137,29218,404$205,33933,241$192,7212,270$59,94192$4,408,7933,307$125,650131$66,786
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1,050$129,2101,647$209,0673,885$164,124485$43,9754$2,389,750332$127,44981$53,210
APPLICATIONS DENIED3,728$124,9003,989$161,40516,635$151,0915,109$34,80835$4,198,8571,715$102,998238$48,496
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2,462$135,3402,905$203,1499,286$167,647874$69,94614$3,815,357746$117,10332$56,156
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS611$121,059620$214,1052,632$171,228387$53,1602$2,751,500218$115,64723$54,391
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 544 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED3,856$191,2821,369$183,15241$128,439
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1,218$184,474575$177,748110$121,064
APPLICATIONS DENIED575$186,101295$182,02021$162,333
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN262$184,721151$184,0005$199,400
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS154$157,07139$140,12824$100,542

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Harris County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary10,60677.4 years
John10,24471.6 years
James9,69969.3 years
William8,88272.4 years
Robert7,62668.7 years
Charles5,44869.7 years
George4,62673.0 years
Willie4,07473.1 years
Dorothy3,68075.2 years
Joseph3,44871.4 years
Most common last names in Harris County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith5,66372.4 years
Williams5,06472.1 years
Johnson4,72071.2 years
Jones3,95171.9 years
Brown3,18771.6 years
Davis3,09271.8 years
Jackson2,40171.2 years
Thomas2,05171.0 years
Wilson2,01972.8 years
Taylor1,92371.8 years
Businesses in Harris County, TX
NameCountNameCount
24 Hour Fitness27Justice10
99 Cents Only Stores21KFC60
ALDO7Kincaid5
AMF Bowling6Knights Inn3
AT&T63Kohl's10
Abercrombie & Fitch4Kroger71
Abercrombie Kids4LA Fitness11
Academy Sports + Outdoors17La Quinta31
Ace Hardware19La-Z-Boy10
Advance Auto Parts52Lane Bryant11
Aeropostale6Lane Furniture56
Alco Stores2LensCrafters5
American Eagle Outfitters6Levi Strauss & Co.1
Ann Taylor15Little Caesars Pizza51
Apple Store3Long John Silver's21
Applebee's9Lowe's18
Arby's20Macy's12
Ashley Furniture5MainStay1
Audi3Marriott41
AutoZone83Marshalls18
Avenue12MasterBrand Cabinets52
BMW4Mazda7
Bakers5McDonald's198
Bally Total Fitness10Men's Wearhouse10
Banana Republic6Microtel1
Barnes & Noble10Motel 611
Baskin-Robbins27Motherhood Maternity23
Bath & Body Works17New Balance20
Baymont Inn2New York & Co8
Bebe2Nike185
Bed Bath & Beyond10Nissan8
Ben & Jerry's3Nordstrom2
Bentleymotors.Com1Office Depot33
Best Western13OfficeMax12
Blockbuster51Old Navy12
Brooks Brothers4Olive Garden10
Brookstone4On The Border1
Budget Car Rental14Outback9
Burger King83Outback Steakhouse9
CVS111Pac Sun4
Cache3Panda Express24
CarMax2Panera Bread12
Carl\s Jr.1Papa John's Pizza28
Casual Male XL9Payless67
Catherines10Penske23
Charlotte Russe4PetSmart19
Chevrolet14Pier 1 Imports15
Chick-Fil-A36Pizza Hut70
Chico's10Plato's Closet4
Chipotle20Popeyes71
Chuck E. Cheese's11Pottery Barn2
Church's Chicken95Pottery Barn Kids1
Cinnabon 7Quality4
Clarks3Quiznos56
Cold Stone Creamery3RadioShack65
Coldwater Creek4Ramada2
Comfort Inn4Red Lobster8
Comfort Suites12Red Robin4
Costco3Red Roof Inn3
Cracker Barrel4Rodeway Inn3
Crate & Barrel1Rooms To Go7
Cricket Wireless317Rue216
Crossland Economy Studios2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing4
Curves27SAS Shoes6
DHL95SONIC Drive-In100
Dairy Queen26Safeway22
Days Inn4Saks Fifth Avenue1
Deb1Sam's Club11
Decora Cabinetry11Sears36
Dennys42Sephora9
Discount Tire50Sheraton4
Domino's Pizza38Shoe Carnival8
DressBarn9Skechers USA5
Dressbarn9Sleep Inn1
Dunkin Donuts4Soma Intimates4
Econo Lodge6Spencer Gifts2
Eddie Bauer2Sprint Nextel54
Ethan Allen3Staples9
Express7Starbucks174
Extended Stay America6Steak 'n Shake2
Extended Stay Deluxe6Studio 65
Famous Footwear16Studio Plus Deluxe Studios2
Fashion Bug2Subaru3
FedEx566Subway171
Finish Line8Super 818
Firestone Complete Auto Care39T-Mobile189
Foot Locker13T.G.I. Driday's6
Forever 215T.J.Maxx9
Fredericks Of Hollywood1Taco Bell82
GNC54Talbots9
GameStop54Target23
Gap10The Athlete's Foot3
Goodwill5The Cheesecake Factory2
Gymboree7The Limited3
H&R Block114The Room Place11
Haworth3Torrid4
Hilton38Toyota9
Hobby Lobby12Toys"R"Us16
Holiday Inn62True Value10
Hollister Co.4U-Haul154
Home Depot25UPS493
Homestead Studio Suites3Urban Outfitters3
Honda9Vans34
Hot Topic4Verizon Wireless39
Howard Johnson3Victoria's Secret8
Hyatt3Volkswagen6
IHOP25Vons24
IZOD1Waffle House13
InTown Suites11Walgreens131
J. Jill2Walmart40
J.Crew2Wendy's60
JCPenney9Westin3
Jack In The Box139Wet Seal2
Jamba Juice11Whole Foods Market4
Jimmy John's17Wingate1
JoS. A. Bank10YMCA21
Jones New York37Z Gallerie1
Journeys11

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