Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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Income per capita$33,626$27,828$29,829
Median household income$53,600$54,727$55,322
Median income owner occupied$81,041$70,980$70,586
Median income renter occupied$41,364$36,330$35,192
Median earnings male$36,860$36,153$36,919
Median earnings female$28,854$25,035$26,250
Unemployment rate4.2%4.1%4.7%
Poverty level19.6%16.7%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Houston is 13% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Houston is 3% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Houston is 11% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Houston is 30% higher than the national average

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      $35,729 $53,600 $107,200
      $36,481 $54,727 $109,454
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Houston median earnings by income bracket

      Houston employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry18.3%18.3%
      Manufacturing sector10.5%10.5%
      Financial & insurance services3.2%3.2%
      Wholesale & retail services12.8%12.8%
      Public administration2.1%2.1%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities8.4%8.4%
      Education, health & social services9.5%9.5%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Southside Place, TX1,515$250,001351.9%
      Bunker Hill Village, TX3,948$250,001351.9%
      Hunters Creek Village, TX4,834$250,001351.9%
      Piney Point Village, TX3,435$250,001351.9%
      West University Place, TX15,589$250,001351.9%
      Houston, TX2,313,238$53,6003.1%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Chicago, IL2,699,347$62,09712.2%
      Montréal, QC1,811,008n/a 
      Phoenix, AZ1,658,422$60,91410.1%
      Toronto, ON3,013,752n/a 
      Philadelphia, PA1,581,531$49,12711.2%
      Houston, TX2,313,238$53,6003.1%
      Source: The Houston, TX employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).