Houston Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    6,063,540
  • Population Density
    642 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    9,444 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Houston, TX
The Houston metro area is centered in Texas and has 6,063,540 residents. It has low home values, average rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have average education levels and average income levels.

Cities

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Houston 2,134,707
3.00 Pasadena 150,785
4.33 The Woodlands 101,423
4.33 Pearland 94,098
4.33 League City 86,136
4.33 Sugar Land 80,755
3.00 Baytown 73,043
4.33 Missouri City 68,244
4.33 Atascocita 66,879
3.66 Conroe 59,429
3.00 Spring 55,458
2.66 Galveston 48,178
3.00 Texas City 45,363
2.66 Channelview 38,919
4.33 Friendswood 36,375
3.66 Mission Bend 36,072
3.33 La Porte 34,127
3.66 Deer Park 32,517
3.33 Rosenberg 31,908
3.66 Lake Jackson 27,107
3.33 Alvin 24,708
2.66 Cloverleaf 24,150
4.00 Fresno 19,467
3.33 Angleton 18,906
3.00 Dickinson 18,879

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Harris County 4,182,285
4.33 Fort Bend County 608,939
4.00 Montgomery County 472,162
4.33 Brazoria County 319,493
4.00 Galveston County 296,669
2.33 Liberty County 76,013
4.00 Waller County 43,836
4.00 Chambers County 35,570
3.66 Austin County 28,573

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Austin Metro Area 1,782,032
2.66 San Antonio Metro Area 2,192,724
3.66 Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area 6,575,833
2.33 Baton Rouge Metro Area 808,816
2.33 New Orleans Metro Area 1,209,239

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area 6,575,833
2.66 San Antonio Metro Area 2,192,724
4.00 Austin Metro Area 1,782,032
3.00 Atlanta Metro Area 5,379,176
2.66 Phoenix Metro Area 4,268,289

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Friendswood Independent School District 7
4.00 Pearland Independent School District 26
4.00 Katy Independent School District 63
4.00 Clear Creek Independent School District 47
4.00 Humble Independent School District 44
4.00 Conroe Independent School District 57
4.00 Deer Park Independent School District 16
3.66 Klein Independent School District 49
3.66 Tomball Independent School District 16
3.66 Montgomery Independent School District 9
3.66 Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District 84
3.66 Barbers Hill Independent School District 9
3.66 Spring Branch Independent School District 52
3.66 Fort Bend Independent School District 75
3.33 Magnolia Independent School District 17
Devers Independent School District 3
3.33 Brenham Independent School District 8
3.33 Alvin Independent School District 24
3.33 Needville Independent School District 5
3.33 Bellville Independent School District 6
3.00 Lamar Consolidated Independent School District 38
3.00 Waller Independent School District 9
3.00 Alief Independent School District 46
3.00 Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District 29
3.00 New Caney Independent School District 18

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Seven Lakes High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Cinco Ranch High School Public 6-12 High
4.33 Carnegie Vanguard High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
4.33 Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions Public, Magnet 9-12 High
4.33 McRoberts Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Memorial High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Joella Exley Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Bonnie Holland Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
University of Houston Charter School Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
4.33 Jack & Sharon Rhoads Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Diane Winborn Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Zelma Hutsell Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Jeanette Hayes Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Clements High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Stanley C. Stanley Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 College Park High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Edna Mae Fielder Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 North Pointe Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Garland McMeans Junior High School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Woodcreek Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Sue Creech Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Magnolia Elementary School Public PK, K-4 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 The Woodlands High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Hazel S. Pattison Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
New Beginning Christian Academy Private 9-12 High
4.33 St. John's School Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 The Kinkaid School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Apostolic Christian Academy Private, Religious N/A Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 The Woodlands Preparatory School Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 The Awty International School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.00 Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School Private, Religious, All-Boys 9-12 High
Christian Life Center Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.00 Westbury Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.00 St. Agnes Academy School Private, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
4.00 The Chinquapin School Private 6-12 High
4.00 New Heights Christian Academy Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 The Emery/ Weiner School Private, Religious 6-12 High
4.00 The John Cooper School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Central Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
River Oaks Academy Private, Special Education 3-12 Elementary, High
3.66 St. Thomas Episcopal School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 St. Stephen's Episcopal School Private, Religious, Montessori PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
3.66 Memorial Hall School Private 7-12 High
Shady Acres Christian School Private, Religious 1-12 Elementary, High
3.66 British School of Houston Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 Rice University
3.33 University of Houston
3.00 University of St. Thomas - Texas
3.00 University of Houston - Clear Lake
3.00 Sam Houston State University
2.66 Houston Baptist University
2.33 Texas A&M University - Galveston
2.33 University of Houston - Downtown
2.33 Prairie View A & M University
2.00 Texas Southern University
2.00 Lamar University
Lone Star College System
Houston Community College
Blinn College
San Jacinto College
Wharton County Junior College
Universal Technical Institute - Houston
University of Phoenix - Houston
Lee College
The Art Institute of Houston
Alvin Community College
Lamar Institute of Technology
College of the Mainland
Brazosport College
Texas Barber Colleges & Hairstyling Schools

Around Houston

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Houston Metro Area United States Texas Atlanta Metro Area Austin Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Phoenix Metro Area San Antonio Metro Area
White 39.07% 63.25% 44.81% 50.34% 54.32% 49.95% 58.23% 35.74%
Hispanic 35.65% 16.62% 37.90% 10.37% 31.55% 27.58% 29.63% 54.22%
African American 16.90% 12.23% 11.53% 32.08% 7.07% 14.66% 4.81% 6.10%
Asian 6.72% 4.83% 3.92% 4.97% 4.85% 5.47% 3.32% 2.05%
Multiracial 1.25% 2.05% 1.37% 1.76% 1.81% 1.78% 1.84% 1.45%
Native American 0.18% 0.66% 0.26% 0.19% 0.22% 0.30% 1.83% 0.20%
Other 0.18% 0.19% 0.13% 0.25% 0.14% 0.16% 0.13% 0.15%
Pacific Islander 0.05% 0.16% 0.07% 0.04% 0.04% 0.09% 0.21% 0.09%

Age

Houston Metro Area United States Texas Atlanta Metro Area Austin Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Phoenix Metro Area San Antonio Metro Area
9 years and under 16% 13% 15% 14% 15% 15% 15% 15%
10 to 17 years 12% 11% 12% 12% 10% 12% 11% 12%
18 to 24 years 10% 10% 10% 9% 11% 9% 10% 10%
25 to 34 years 15% 13% 14% 14% 17% 15% 14% 14%
35 to 44 years 14% 13% 14% 15% 15% 15% 14% 13%
45 to 54 years 14% 14% 13% 15% 13% 14% 13% 13%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 11% 11% 10% 10% 11% 11%
65 and over 9% 13% 11% 9% 8% 9% 13% 11%

Education Levels

Houston Metro Area United States Texas Atlanta Metro Area Austin Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Phoenix Metro Area San Antonio Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 19% 14% 19% 12% 12% 16% 14% 17%
High school diploma or equivalent 24% 28% 25% 25% 19% 23% 24% 26%
Some college or associate degree 28% 29% 29% 28% 28% 29% 34% 31%
Bachelor's degree 19% 18% 18% 23% 27% 21% 19% 17%
Master's degree or higher 10% 11% 9% 12% 14% 10% 10% 9%

Gender

Houston Metro Area United States Texas Atlanta Metro Area Austin Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Phoenix Metro Area San Antonio Metro Area
Male 49.8% 49.2% 49.6% 48.6% 50.1% 49.3% 49.7% 49.2%
Female 50.2% 50.8% 50.4% 51.4% 49.9% 50.7% 50.3% 50.8%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Houston Metro Area United States Texas Atlanta Metro Area Austin Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Phoenix Metro Area San Antonio Metro Area
Rent 38.0% 35.1% 36.7% 34.4% 41.7% 38.6% 36.5% 36.7%
Own 62.0% 64.9% 63.3% 65.6% 58.3% 61.4% 63.5% 63.3%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Houston Metro Area United States Texas Atlanta Metro Area Austin Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Phoenix Metro Area San Antonio Metro Area
Assault 354.9 278.9 278.0 298.1 198.8 184.4 248.0 372.1
Murder 7.3 5.0 4.6 8.0 2.6 4.7 4.9 4.7
Robbery 321.2 159.8 146.7 222.2 67.1 133.8 131.3 133.3

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Houston Metro Area United States Texas Atlanta Metro Area Austin Metro Area Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area Phoenix Metro Area San Antonio Metro Area
Burglary 909.4 573.5 775.2 839.0 588.0 734.8 787.6 947.6
Larceny 2964.2 2079.6 2712.8 2977.2 3015.0 2192.1 2327.8 3851.4
Motor vehicle theft 477.7 235.5 287.2 420.6 190.0 282.5 279.6 411.6

Income

Weather

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Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 230 responses

  • 60% Yes
  • 25% Not sure
  • 15% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 183 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 241 responses

  • 40% Very accepting.
  • 46% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 12% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 1% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 859 responses

  • 26% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 54% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 17% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 3% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 150 responses

  • 14% I love everything about it.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 26% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 4% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 160 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments