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Why Violent Crime is More Common in Houston

There were an estimated 1.2 million murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults in the United States in 2015. The violent crime rate of 373 incidents per 100,000 Americans rose 3.1% from 2014. In the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area, there were 567 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, higher than the violent crime rate statewide of […]

Houston Residents Lead Less Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Houston Residents No More Obese Than the Average American

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area, 27.2% of […]

Texas is Less Healthy Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Life Expectancy in Houston On Par With Nation

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX metro area, life expectancy is 78.5 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Texas, […]

Texas is America’s 7th Best Run State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is Less Common in Houston

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area, 58.7% of residents own their homes, lower than the national homeownership rate and the sixth lowest of any metro area in Texas. Young […]

Poverty Rate in Houston Similar to National Level

An estimated 14.6% of residents in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area live below the poverty line, roughly similar to the national poverty rate of 14.7% and a smaller share than the state’s poverty rate of 15.9%. Houston has the ninth lowest poverty rate of any Texas metro area. A high school education can mean […]

Why Students in Texas Graduate College With Less Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Why Houston Residents Spend More Time Commuting

The average resident of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area spends 30.2 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 26.3 minutes. Houston residents have the longest commute of any metro area in Texas. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the […]

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