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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    C+
Harris County is located in Texas with a population of 4,525,519. Harris County is one of the best places to live in Texas. In Harris County, most residents own their homes. In Harris County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Harris County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Harris County are above average.
Population
4,525,519

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$154,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$976
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Harris County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    539.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    58
    40.7
  • Robbery
    369.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    684.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,774.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    464.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

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Harris County Reviews

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I have lived in Harris County for 11 years now and I have love it here! The schools in Harris County are excellent. Over the years, there has been a decrease in fights and an increase in test scores. The area is populated with good restaurants and the traffic is moderate. One thing I would like to see is for roads to be completed as soon as possible. Construction allows for traffic to be backed up and it's a minor inconvenience.
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It is a large suburban community! Everyone is friendly and it is very family oriented. There is lots to do; children's sports, community events, and even festivals in different neighborhoods.
I absolutely love how Harris County is somehow serene and calming but also exciting and extremely enthralling with its people and the stories and action they bring. I am happy to be living in Harris County, Houston, Texas!