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Houston's Household Income at $42,877 in 2011, American Community Survey Shows

The median household income in Houston was $42,877 in 2011, compared with the national figure of $50,502, according to statistics released today from the 2011 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, 28.9 percent of people in Houston did not have health insurance coverage, compared with 15.1 percent nationally. A selected profile of Houston appears below, including statistics on education, housing and the foreign-born population.

 "The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about our nation's people, housing and economy for all communities in the country - including Houston," said Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau's acting director. "The results are used by everyone from retailers, homebuilders and police departments, to town and city planners."

The survey is the only source of local estimates for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as educational attainment, housing, employment, commuting, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs down to the smallest communities.

Other selected highlights for Houston:


  • In 2011, 40.5 percent of the preschool age population was enrolled in school, compared with 47.4 percent in the nation as a whole.
  • Among Houston's 25-and-older population, 75.4 percent were completed high school or more, compared with 85.9 percent in the nation as a whole.
  • Meanwhile, 28.7 percent of the 25-and-older population had a bachelor's degree or higher, which was not significantly different from 28.5 percent nationally.


  • In 2011, the median value for an owner-occupied home was $122,100. In the nation as a whole, the value was $173,600.
  • In 2011, the median gross rent (rent plus utilities) was $808, compared with $871 for the nation as a whole.

Foreign-Born Population

  • About 27.7 percent of people in Houston were foreign-born, compared with 13.0 percent in the nation as a whole.

More information about Houston's social, economic and housing characteristics, as well as information on other geographies, can be found on the Census Bureau's American FactFinder website. The 2011 American Community Survey one-year estimates are available for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. Estimates for areas with smaller populations will be available later this year.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | | Last Revised: September 09, 2014