Public Safety

Public Safety in Houston  Despite some progress, violent crime and gun-related deaths are on the rise in our communities While there are some positive signs in road safety, growing rates of violent crime and gun-related deaths undermine our vibrant region. Why public safety matters to Houston Here we seek to understand four main categories of …

Family Structure

Family Structure in Houston Growing households and single-parent trends indicate a need for stronger supportive resources in our communities While the share of married couples is stable throughout our region, single-parent and single-resident households represent a large portion of the region.  Why family structure matters to Houston Healthier families make for healthier communities. Research shows …

Immigration

Immigration in Houston Immigrant populations flourish throughout our communities, but declining naturalization rates highlight growing issues  While immigrants from around the world find a promising home in Houston, naturalization rates are slow to keep up with public sentiment. Why immigration matters to Houston Immigrants play a pivotal role in the Houston area’s population growth and …

Diversity

Diversity in Houston Growing diversity, shrinking segregation and inclusive attitudes help our communities thrive Not only is diversity flourishing throughout our region, but most residents are happy with its effects.  Why diversity matters to Houston As one of the most diverse regions in the country, Houston’s three main counties help to set the tone for …

Population Growth

Population Growth in Houston As populations grow older and more diverse, new and expanded resources may be needed in our region The three-county area is growing in population, age and diversity. Why population growth matters to Houston As one of America’s most diverse regions, Houston’s three main counties are growing at a faster pace than …

Community Context

Understanding Community Context in Houston How demographic changes, safety, and family dynamics shape our region Understanding a region as large and diverse as Houston requires taking a deeper look at the foundational factors that shape our society. Exploring and analyzing things like population growth, family composition, diversity and public safety provides us with valuable insight …

Voter & Non-Electoral Participation

Voter & Non-Electoral Participation  Voter registration and turnout levels in the region have risen while non-electoral participation lags The 2020 election inspired the biggest increase in voter registration and turnout in the region’s recent history, but Houston has more work to do on other measures of civic engagement.  Why voter and non-electoral participation matters to …

Social Connectedness

Social Connectedness Despite national trends, levels of trust in our community and local government are on the rise Social connectedness and trust — foundational to a well-functioning society — are on the rise in our region, though loneliness levels remain high.  Why social connectedness matters to civic engagement in Houston Social connectedness is the feeling …

Philanthropy & Volunteering

Philanthropy and Volunteering  Volunteer activity and financial donations are a force of good throughout our region Nonprofits in Houston’s three-county region advance civic engagement not only by improving the condition of our residents and their communities but also through the strengthening of social ties among those who actively participate. Why philanthropy and volunteering matter to …

Civic Engagement

Understanding Civic Engagement in Houston How residents participate in their community to build a vibrant Houston region with opportunity for all. Civic engagement includes a variety of different activities an individual can take to shape the future of their community and to improve the condition of the community members. A civically-engaged resident is invested in …