Houston 67 Average
Houston Livability #977 ranked city in Texas#15,590 ranked city in the USARanks better than 46% of areas
A+ Houston Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Houston Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than Texas
946% less expensive than the US average
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Houston cost of living
F Houston Crime Total crime is 102% higher than Texas
Total crime
5,435132% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 19132% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
Houston crime
D+ Houston Employment Household income is 14% lower than Texas
Median household income
$47,01015% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$29,2242% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%8% higher than the US average
Houston employment
A- Houston Housing Home value is 2% lower than Texas
Median home value
$140,30024% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8985% lower than the US average
Home ownership
43%32% lower than the US average
Houston real estate or Houston rentals
F Houston Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
74%11% lower than the US average
School test scores
43%11% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:19% higher than the US average
Houston K-12 schools
D Houston User Ratings There are a total of 75 ratings in Houston
Overall user rating
53% 75 total ratings
User reviews rating
38% 17 total reviews
User surveys rating
64% 58 total surveys
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      Living in Houston, TX

      Houston, Texas is a big city with a population of 2,240,582 inhabitants. With a population density of 3,520 people per square mile, Houston is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Houston identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 38% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. The median age of all Houston residents is 33, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Houston, Texas. To help you find the best places to live in and around Houston, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment and more.

      With a livability score of 79 out of 100, Houston is ranked #2,441 in the United States and #486 in Texas. Clearly, Houston is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Houston also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Houston ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B), weather (A-), education (B+) and housing (A-). There are some categories that Houston does not rank well for, including: crime (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Houston on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: The Galleria, The Galleria, and Space Center Houston.

      Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Houston has an unemployment rate of 0.82% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

      The average school test scores in Houston are 68%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Houston can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Houston is actually affordable. The median home price for Houston homes is $140,300, which is 1.7% lower than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Houston, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3, which is 15.4% higher than the Texas average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Houston area were 7.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Houston transportation information

      Average one way commute27min26min26min
      Workers who drive to work76.3%80.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.7%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.0%1.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.1%1.6%2.8%
      Working from home3.5%4.3%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Houston, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).