Post-secondary Education

Post-secondary Education The continued shift to a knowledge-based economy means the best opportunities for job prospects and upward mobility will require education and training beyond high school Rates of college readiness and enrollment in the region are stagnant or in decline, and not enough Houston-area students earn post-secondary credentials after high school. The effects of …

Academic Outcomes

Academic Outcomes How well students perform throughout elementary, middle and high school has profound effects on other important areas of their lives Academic outcomes for students in Houston’s three-county region have suffered since the pandemic, and they weren’t that great to begin with. Students of color and from low-income households have experienced the greatest disparities …

Educational Attainment

Educational Attainment An indicator correlated with many life outcomes, educational attainment profoundly affects individual and regional prosperity Though the average Houstonian today has more education than they did 10 years ago, significant disparities across race/ethnicity persist. Why educational attainment matters to Houston The benefits of obtaining an education beyond the 12 mandatory years extend not …

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted early childhood education in the region, prompting concerns about future academic readiness  After experiencing years of steady growth, early childhood education enrollment in Houston’s three-county region fell during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Why early childhood education matters to Houston Established research has found the period from birth to five …

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 …

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 …