Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
6.98M
1.39% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Cornyn
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
34.5
0.583% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
13.5%
1.62% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$69,328
2.68% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$208,100
7.32% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
3.33M
0.98% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX had a population of 6.98M people with a median age of 34.5 and a median household income of $69,328. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew from 6.88M to 6.98M, a 1.39% increase and its median household income grew from $67,516 to $69,328, a 2.68% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are White (Non-Hispanic) (35.5%), White (Hispanic) (24.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (16.8%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (7.81%), and Other (Hispanic) (7.26%).

None of the households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

86.3% of the residents in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are University of Houston (10,715 degrees awarded in 2020), Lone Star College System (9,992 degrees), and Houston Community College (225423) (7,125 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was $208,100, and the homeownership rate was 60.9%.

Most people in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30 minutes. The average car ownership in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was 2 cars per household.

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX borders Bay City, TX, Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX, Brenham, TX, El Campo, TX, and Huntsville, TX.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is home to a population of 6.98M people, from which 86.3% are citizens. As of 2020, 23.3% of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX residents were born outside of the country (1.62M people).

In 2020, there were 1.44 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.48M people) in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.72M White (Hispanic) and 1.17M Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

86.3%
2020 Citizenship
85.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 86.3% of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was 85.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    2.48M ± 2.31k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    1.72M ± 11.6k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.17M ± 5.09k
37.4%
Hispanic Population
2.61M people

In 2020, there were 1.44 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.48M people) in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.72M White (Hispanic) and 1.17M Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

37.4% of the people in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are hispanic (2.61M people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,484,512 ± 36,982 people
  2. India
    279,123 ± 12,908 people
  3. El Salvador
    219,615 ± 11,461 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,484,512 Texas residents, followed by India with 279,123 and El Salvador with 219,615.

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Foreign-Born Population

23.3%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.62M people
23.4%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.61M people

As of 2020, 23.3% of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX residents (1.62M people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was 23.4%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    79,027 ± 2,466
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    67,126 ± 2,987
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    44,988 ± 2,290

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.18 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX employs 3.33M people. The largest industries in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (379,005 people), Retail Trade (348,202 people), and Construction (321,808 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($107,087), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($105,811), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($101,732).

Males in Texas have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,589. The income inequality in Texas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

3.33M
2020 Value
± 18,751
0.98%
1 Year growth
± 0.752%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew at a rate of 0.98%, from 3.3M employees to 3.33M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, are Management Occupations (358,981 people), Sales & Related Occupations (351,037 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (348,067 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Texas (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industries

3.33M
2020 Value
± 18,751
0.98%
1 Year growth
± 0.752%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew at a rate of 0.98%, from 3.3M employees to 3.33M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (379,005 people), Retail Trade (348,202 people), and Construction (321,808 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, though some of these residents may live in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,735
Median earning men ± $523
$33,625
Median earning women ± $329

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($111,172), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,303), and Public Administration ($64,644).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($79,266), Manufacturing ($50,106), and Wholesale Trade ($46,168).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Texas. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Texas.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 65,146
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 36,440
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 33,825
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $61.2M
    Manufacturing
  2. $55.5M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $50.9M
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $292B
  2. $210B
  3. $178B

In 2020, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Electronics with $292B, followed by Gasoline ($210B) and Fuel oils ($178B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Texas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$2.36T
2020 Value in Texas
$4.5T
Projected 2050 Value in Texas
90.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Texas trade was $2.36T. This is expected to increase 90.9% to $4.5T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Texas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $78.1B
  2. $76.4B
  3. $74.9B

In 2020, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $78.1B, followed by California with $76.4B and Michigan and $74.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Texas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing the state of Texas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Texas is currently represented by 36 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Texas

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John Cornyn
Senator from Texas2
Assumed office on December 2, 2002
Phil Gramm resigned (effective November 30, 2002) a few weeks before the expiration of his term in hopes that his successor, fellow Republican John Cornyn, could gain seniority over other newly elected senators. However, Cornyn did not gain additional seniority due to a 1980 Rules Committee policy.
Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing Texas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Texas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Texas

Texas is currently represented by 36 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Texas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX awarded 68,476 degrees. The student population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 124,374 male students and 184,188 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are Hispanic or Latino (23,986 and 37.5%), followed by White (17,937 and 28%), Black or African American (12,489 and 19.5%), and Asian (6,435 and 10.1%).

The largest universities in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX by number of degrees awarded are University of Houston (10,715 and 15.6%), Lone Star College System (9,992 and 14.6%), and Houston Community College (225423) (7,125 and 10.4%).

The most popular majors in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are Liberal Arts & Sciences (6,157 and 8.99%), General Business Administration & Management (5,463 and 7.98%), and General Studies (4,940 and 7.21%).

The median tuition costs in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX are $18,651 for private four year colleges, and $5,765 and $19,406 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2020 in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, the percentage of applicants admitted was 53.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 26.1%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 308,562 (40.3% men and 59.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 308,562 students enrolled in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, 40.3% men and 59.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 114,987 records, of which 61.5% were women and 38.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,169 degree-majors awarded
  2. 6,047 degree-majors awarded
  3. 4,824 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was General Business Administration & Management with 1,169 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 10,715 degrees awarded
  2. 9,992 degrees awarded
  3. 7,125 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Houston with 10,715 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 29,475 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, which is 0.756 times less than the 39,001 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 23,986 degrees mean that there were 1.34 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 17,937 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($18,651) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,456) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,898) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 1.35% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.35% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (5.56M), Some college (5.02M), and Bachelors Degree (3.9M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was $208,100 in 2020, which is 0.906 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $193,900 to $208,100, a 7.32% increase. The homeownership rate in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is 60.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have an average commute time of 30 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is $69,328. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $105,956, followed by Collin County, TX and Fort Bend County, TX, with respective values of $100,541 and $100,189.

Property

$208,100
Median Property Value 2020
±$1,376
$1.47M
Median Property Taxes
±$10,979

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

60.9%
Homeownership
2020
66%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 60.9% of the housing units in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $105,956, followed by Collin County, TX and Fort Bend County, TX, with respective values of $100,541 and $100,189.

The following map shows all of the counties in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$69,328
Median Household Income
± $503
2.41M
Number of Households
± 15,599

In 2020, the median household income of the 2.41M households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew to $69,328 from the previous year's value of $67,516.

The following chart displays the households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is from Texas.
0.478
2020 Wage GINI in Texas
0.48
2019 Wage GINI in Texas

In 2020, the income inequality in Texas was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.474% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Texas was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Texas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (78.9%)
  2. Carpooled (9.58%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.7%)

In 2020, 78.9% of workers in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.58%) and those who worked at home (6.7%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

30 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have a longer commute time (30 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.38% of the workforce in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (927k out of 6.89M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX is Hispanic, followed by White and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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81.8% of the population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX has health coverage, with 48.1% on employee plans, 14.3% on Medicaid, 8.28% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 0.983% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Texas was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in Texas see 1642 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1642 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1677 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 827 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Texas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,642 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Texas

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,642 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,642 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Texas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Texas across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 28.2% under 18 years, 22.6% between 18 and 34 years, 38.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 11.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

18.2%
Uninsured
48.1%
Employer Coverage
14.3%
Medicaid
8.28%
Medicare
10%
Non-Group
0.983%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX grew by 1.05% from 18.1% to 18.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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