Understanding Civic Engagement in Houston

How residents connect and participate in Houston-area political and social systems

It’s vital that residents from all walks of life are able to participate and make their voices heard on the issues affecting our communities — both now and in the future. When Houstonians stay connected and engaged, we grow, trust and achieve more as a region. Places with high levels of civic vitality have lower levels of unemployment, better schools, stronger health and more responsive governments.1 However, not all residents are participating at the necessary levels, meaning the needs and concerns of some of our residents go unheard and unaddressed. 

The more we know about civic engagement in the Houston region, the more we can build trust and connection among our neighbors and ensure that the needs of all people are fairly represented in our political system.