Houston, TX
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Demographics | Crime | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2023-12-15

Living In Houston, Texas Summary

Life in Houston research summary. HomeSnacks has been using Saturday Night Science to research the quality of life in Houston over the past nine years using Census, FBI, Zillow, and other primary data sources. Based on the most recently available data, we found the following about life in Houston:

  • The population in Houston is 2,296,253.

  • The median home value in Houston is $260,901.

  • The median income in Houston is $60,440.

  • The cost of living in Houston is 93 which is 0.9x lower than the national average.

  • The median rent in Houston is $1,235.

  • The unemployment rate in Houston is 6.6%.

  • The poverty rate in Houston is 19.6%.

  • The average high in Houston is 78.8° and the average low is 60.5°.

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Houston, TX Crime Report

Crime in Houston summary. We use data from the FBI to determine the crime rates in Houston. Key points include:

  • There were 130,291 total crimes in Houston in the last reporting year.

  • The overall crime rate per 100,000 people in Houston is 5,723.2 / 100k people.

  • The violent crime rate per 100,000 people in Houston is 1,141.5 / 100k people.

  • The property crime rate per 100,000 people in Houston is 4,581.7 / 100k people.

  • Overall, crime in Houston is 146.25% above the national average.

Total Crimes
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Crime In Houston Comparison Table

Statistic Count
/ 100k People
/ 100k People
/ 100k People
Total Crimes Per 100K 130,291 5,723.2 2,691.5 2,324.2
Violent Crime 25,987 1,141.5 446.5 369.8
Murder 433 19.0 6.6 6.3
Robbery 6,955 305.5 91.4 66.1
Aggravated Assault 17,459 766.9 302.5 268.2
Property Crime 104,304 4,581.7 2,245.0 1,954.4
Burglary 14,939 656.2 370.7 269.8
Larceny 72,021 3,163.6 1,587.3 1,401.9
Car Theft 17,344 761.9 287.0 282.7

Houston, TX Cost Of Living

Cost of living in Houston summary. We use data on the cost of living to determine how expensive it is to live in Houston. Real estate prices drive most of the variance in cost of living around Texas. Key points include:

  • The cost of living in Houston is 93 with 100 being average.

  • The cost of living in Houston is 0.9x lower than the national average.

  • The median home value in Houston is $260,901.

  • The median income in Houston is $60,440.

Houston's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average

Cost Of Living In Houston Comparison Table

Living Expense Houston Texas National Average
Overall 93 92 100
Services 99 96 100
Groceries 92 93 100
Health 93 93 100
Housing 84 84 100
Transportation 93 92 100
Utilities 100 104 100

Houston, TX Weather

  • The average high in Houston is 78.8° and the average low is 60.5°.

  • There are 64.6 days of precipitation each year.

  • Expect an average of 51.1 inches of precipitation each year with 0.0 inches of snow.

Average Annual High78.8
Average Annual Low60.5
Annual Precipitation Days64.6
Average Annual Precipitation51.1
Average Annual Snowfall0.0
Average High
Days of Rain

Houston, TX Photos

Challenger Ferry Flight Flyover Of Lyndon B
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Large Houston Landsat
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Panoramic Houston Skyline
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Houston From Sabine Park
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Skyline Of The Texas Medical Center  Houstonc Tx
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Uptown Houston
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Bank Of America Center Houston
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Jpmorgan Chase Towerc Houstonc Texas
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Houston Ship Channel
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17 Reviews & Comments About Houston

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HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-14 15:44:44.988438

Not much crime. Great homes, great community. Love this city

The city is very intimate and feels like home to so many.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-14 15:50:34.144344

Crime does seem to be slightly higher in Houston than other areas from human trafficking to constant police reports of people being robbed. However, people here are friendly and prices are reasonable.

The best things about Houston are the people and if you like interacting with diverse groups of people, Houston is a good place for you. On the flip side, the weather here is terrible with constant humidity and it takes forever to get anywhere with Houston traffic.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-14 22:37:00.185744

Imagine a place that is both hot as h**l and as humid and wet as a rain forest. That is Houston. Now imagine you are stuck in a car in traffic for 3 hours in this weather. Welcome to the daily commute in this city. The one advantage of living here is the extremely low cost of living. You can live very well off of a low to mid paying job.

Bad: Traffic, heat, horrible roads, lack of good jobs

Good: low cost of living, cheap entertainment and plenty of things to do.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-15 19:39:46.774018

I love the city of Houston! There's a sense of community here. The people are nice and are always willing to help each other out. The food here is also really great because there's such a variety to choose from. Houston will always be my city! #HTown

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HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-04 21:16:24.128790

The first time I came here i was a little girl and i fell in love! It's so diverse here, the weather is amazing compared to where I use to live.

The yearly weather. The summers are really hot, the fall is the perfect temperature. I never want it to end. Winters get cold but are doable, and spring is nice.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-05 10:27:18.783074

Being from a small town, I always hated the thought of going to a big city. Not any more. Houston is one of those places you can walk around downtown and never get bored. The museums, zoo, restaurants and different activities keep you busy. Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros is visible right off the interstate.

Amazingly for as many people living in Houston, the downtown area is extremely clean. It makes me happy to know work that many people, they are obviously proud of their home.

The buildings and museums are my favorite things. I have been to PRIDE in Houston also. Very well organized and great event.

If you go in the summer, it is very hot. Make sure you wear sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-20 18:31:31.861965

There are lots of good restaurants in houston but most of the good ones are centered around midtown or uptown. There is not much crime unless you reside in one of the wards.

Favorite places are the shopping malls like the galleria and the outlet mall. The movie theatres here are also very good and seating is comfortable.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-27 18:56:45.126326

Houston is a very average city. Nothing too special about it, and it's very flat, with way too many people. Traffic is a burden and crime is pretty high.

Bad things: Traffic, overpopulated, weather gets extremely hot in the summer, crime is dangerous here.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-27 21:52:22.385014

I was born and raised, in Houston Texas. For 30 years. Just last year my Husband and I moved to Virginia, for business reasons. Texas is the most amazing place. There is no place I would rather be or live.. Most folks aren't a fan of the weather, but it's one of my favorite things about living in Texas. Living here in Virginia, you get all of the seasons, including SNOW, and long winters. In Texas, Especially Houston, its warm all year long. You can get a tan on Christmas sometimes if you wanted to. In Texas people are friendlier, nicer, more loving, and giving. Anywhere else I've been folks are not so friendly. I meet people every other day who are also living in VA, but are from Texas, and all they want is to go back. Just like my Husband and I. There's nothing like southern hospitality, and friendliness.

There are good and bad parts in Houston just like everywhere else. Im sure crime's are just the same as anywhere else. If you ever visit Texas, stop by a What-A-Burger. You can't beat it..

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-06 01:27:38.762372

Crime is same as most major cities. It is very cosmopolitan with all sorts of amazing ethnic foods. Cost of living is also pretty good given it is a major city. Lots of job opportunities

Hermann park is lovely as is Discovery Green. There are many food options here for all budgets and easily accessible. There are lot of sporting and cultural activities such as the annual rodeo etc.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-06 03:47:38.768816

The crime rate in Houston, TX is pretty high, a high number of human trafficking. Traffic is really bad, but there are many things to do, and many places to eat.

I love the Houston museum, and keep an eye out for the Houston Rodeo, its a very great experience! I specifically love that you would never get bored, because there are so many places to explore!

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-10 13:45:29.723459

The crime rate of Houston is around 75% and its somewhat not safe to live, esp. in North and East Houston. But it's a home for more than 500 Fortune Companies where I and my friends used to work and its a great place for earning.

The NASAs space center located in Houston, Downtown Aquarium and Children's Museum are good places to be visited by Children for their passtime.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-10 15:48:48.514372

Houston has a high crime rate, but the city is so diverse and large you can find many things to do and ways to protect yourself.

The Chase Tower in Houston was really interesting!

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-10 16:06:23.261408

The area in Houston that I live the crime level is average, not very much but it does exist. Houston has so many exciting things to do and see. You can visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science or the Downtown Aquarium or you can dine at one of our many fine eateries.

Houston is such a huge city, but every community has its charm. I love our Hermann Park and Houston Zoo area. You can visit the Miller Outdoor Theater and catch a free theatrical or musical performance under the stars. There is beautiful diversity of people in Houston, so naturally there are many different cultures and types of food to experience here.

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HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-19 02:08:48.650987

I love the actual place where was born and most of my relatives this is where most of my memories are where i met my favorite singer when he came to town..The place is so full of wonderful things to do.

The different place of venue The Astrodome the zoo the Coliseums all the entertainment halls are great..The Texas barbecue is the best I would say in the world and The Southern Cooking is like no other

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I live in Houston and I have not seen any shootings or heard any shooting but I cannot really say how bad the crime it's out here and cannot compare it to where I am originally from Compton California

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Houston Demographics And Statistics

Population over time in Houston

The current population in Houston is 2,296,253. The population has increased 11.0% from 2010.

Year Population % Change
2022 2,296,253 0.0%
2021 2,295,982 1.3%
2020 2,267,336 1.2%
2019 2,240,582 1.0%
2018 2,217,706 2.3%
2017 2,167,988 1.6%
2016 2,134,707 1.3%
2015 2,107,449 0.9%
2014 2,089,090 1.0%
2013 2,068,026 -

Race / Ethnicity in Houston

23.6% (541,798)
African American
22.0% (505,308)
American Indian
0.1% (3,076)
6.8% (156,724)
0.0% (837)
0.4% (8,102)
Two Or More
2.2% (50,979)
44.8% (1,029,429)

Houston is:

  • 23.6% White with 541,798 White residents.

  • 22.0% African American with 505,308 African American residents.

  • 0.1% American Indian with 3,076 American Indian residents.

  • 6.8% Asian with 156,724 Asian residents.

  • 0.0% Hawaiian with 837 Hawaiian residents.

  • 0.4% Other with 8,102 Other residents.

  • 2.2% Two Or More with 50,979 Two Or More residents.

  • 44.8% Hispanic with 1,029,429 Hispanic residents.

Race Houston TX USA
White 23.6% 40.1% 58.9%
African American 22.0% 11.8% 12.1%
American Indian 0.1% 0.2% 0.6%
Asian 6.8% 5.1% 5.7%
Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Other 0.4% 0.3% 0.4%
Two Or More 2.2% 2.6% 3.5%
Hispanic 44.8% 39.9% 18.7%

Gender in Houston

50.3% (1,154,010)
49.7% (1,142,243)
  • Houston is 50.3% female with 1,154,010 female residents.

  • Houston is 49.7% male with 1,142,243 male residents.

Gender Houston TX USA
Female 50.3% 50.0% 50.4%
Male 49.7% 50.0% 49.6%

Highest level of educational attainment in Houston for adults over 25

  • 12.0% of adults in Houston completed < 9th grade.

  • 8.0% of adults in Houston completed 9-12th grade.

  • 22.0% of adults in Houston completed high school / ged.

  • 17.0% of adults in Houston completed some college.

  • 6.0% of adults in Houston completed associate's degree.

  • 21.0% of adults in Houston completed bachelor's degree.

  • 9.0% of adults in Houston completed master's degree.

  • 3.0% of adults in Houston completed professional degree.

  • 2.0% of adults in Houston completed doctorate degree.

< 9th Grade
12.0% (275,550)
9-12th Grade
8.0% (183,700)
High School / GED
22.0% (505,175)
Some College
17.0% (390,363)
Associate's Degree
6.0% (137,775)
Bachelor's Degree
21.0% (482,213)
Master's Degree
9.0% (206,662)
Professional Degree
3.0% (68,887)
Doctorate Degree
2.0% (45,925)
Education Houston TX USA
< 9th Grade 12.0% 8.0% 4.0%
9-12th Grade 8.0% 7.0% 6.0%
High School / GED 22.0% 24.0% 26.0%
Some College 17.0% 21.0% 20.0%
Associate's Degree 6.0% 8.0% 9.0%
Bachelor's Degree 21.0% 21.0% 21.0%
Master's Degree 9.0% 8.0% 10.0%
Professional Degree 3.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 2.0% 1.0% 2.0%

Household Income For Houston, Texas

  • 6.7% of households in Houston earn Less than $10,000.

  • 4.4% of households in Houston earn $10,000 to $14,999.

  • 8.4% of households in Houston earn $15,000 to $24,999.

  • 9.7% of households in Houston earn $25,000 to $34,999.

  • 12.7% of households in Houston earn $35,000 to $49,999.

  • 17.4% of households in Houston earn $50,000 to $74,999.

  • 11.2% of households in Houston earn $75,000 to $99,999.

  • 12.9% of households in Houston earn $100,000 to $149,999.

  • 6.2% of households in Houston earn $150,000 to $199,999.

  • 10.4% of households in Houston earn $200,000 or more.

Less than $10,000
6.7% (15,431,159)
$10,000 to $14,999
4.4% (10,142,289)
$15,000 to $24,999
8.4% (19,403,185)
$25,000 to $34,999
9.7% (22,168,892)
$35,000 to $49,999
12.7% (29,117,954)
$50,000 to $74,999
17.4% (39,951,286)
$75,000 to $99,999
11.2% (25,719,793)
$100,000 to $149,999
12.9% (29,512,982)
$150,000 to $199,999
6.2% (14,285,220)
$200,000 or more
10.4% (23,892,534)
Income Houston TX USA
Less than $10,000 6.7% 5.1% 4.9%
$10,000 to $14,999 4.4% 3.6% 3.8%
$15,000 to $24,999 8.4% 7.0% 7.0%
$25,000 to $34,999 9.7% 7.7% 7.4%
$35,000 to $49,999 12.7% 11.1% 10.7%
$50,000 to $74,999 17.4% 16.7% 16.1%
$75,000 to $99,999 11.2% 12.7% 12.8%
$100,000 to $149,999 12.9% 16.9% 17.1%
$150,000 to $199,999 6.2% 8.7% 8.8%
$200,000 or more 10.4% 10.6% 11.4%

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