Income/capita 2%
Household income 15%
Unemployment 8%
Income per capita$29,224$27,828$29,829
Median household income$47,010$54,727$55,322
Median income owner occupied$71,418$70,980$70,586
Median income renter occupied$35,250$36,330$35,192
Median earnings male$31,458$36,153$36,919
Median earnings female$23,896$25,035$26,250
Unemployment rate5.0%4.1%4.7%
Poverty level21.9%16.7%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Houston is 2% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Houston is 15% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Houston is 8% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Houston is 45% higher than the national average

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      Houston employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry17.1%1.4%
      Manufacturing sector11.4%0.3%
      Financial & insurance services3.0%4.7%
      Wholesale & retail services13.6%13.7%
      Public administration2.2%2.6%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities7.4%3.3%
      Education, health & social services9.0%31.6%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Hunters Creek Village, TX4,688$250,001352%
      Piney Point Village, TX3,312$250,001352%
      Bunker Hill Village, TX3,909$221,824301%
      West University Place, TX15,318$220,868299%
      Bellaire, TX18,140$187,805239%
      Houston, TX2,240,582$47,01015%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Chicago, IL2,714,017$50,4349%
      Philadelphia, PA1,559,938$39,77028%
      Phoenix, AZ1,555,324$49,32811%
      San Antonio, TX1,439,358$48,18313%
      San Diego, CA1,374,812$68,11723%
      Houston, TX2,240,582$47,01015%
      Source: The Houston, TX employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).