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 …

Small Business

Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Houston How small businesses make Houston a more vibrant place to live and work The Houston area leads the nation in small business development, yet disparities persist for female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color. Why small business matters to Houston It’s not just a cliche. Small businesses are the lifeblood …

Credit & Debt

Household Debt and Access to Credit in Houston Exploring how financial systems work for and against Houston residents Credit participation and on-time payment rates are on the rise, yet troubling trends persist in banking and growing debt collections. Why debt and credit matter to Houston Better access to credit and banking services are essential tools …

Unemployment & Underemployment

Unemployment and Underemployment in Houston How participation and qualification inform our local economy Across Houston, the labor force has steadily increased and unemployment has declined. However, some residents are not doing work that makes full use of their abilities.  Why employment matters to Houston Even in a region as ripe with opportunity as the Houston …

Poverty & Social Mobility

Poverty and Social Mobility in Houston Exploring how systemic factors limit participation in the Houston economy Although poverty rates are improving throughout our region, emerging economic trends leave us vulnerable.  Why poverty matters to Houston Across the three-county area, 23% of children under five years old were considered in poverty, higher than the nation. The …

Industry Dynamics & Job Growth

Industry Dynamics and Job Growth in Houston Despite strong job growth, our region struggles with skill gaps While industrial diversity remains relatively strong throughout the Houston region, gaps in opportunity persist across our workforce. Why industry dynamics and job growth matter to Houston While Houston is known globally for its role in the energy industry, …

Income & Inequality

Income and Inequality in Houston Exploring how economic prosperity and disparity affect our region While the Houston region is rich in economic opportunity, striking inequalities still affect our three main counties. Why income and wealth matter to Houston Strong and stable incomes help our communities thrive. Without sufficient wages, people struggle to afford housing, food, …