A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B
  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
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$131,700
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$873
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%

Houston Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    458
    273
  • Murder
    13
    6
  • Rape
    43
    41
  • Robbery
    452
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    873
    525
  • Theft
    2,929
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    596
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,187
National
$53,889
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    23%
    13%
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Everything depends upon where you live. You can experience the diversity of New York or southern bible belt.

The same applies to crime. There are many places in the suburbs where people still sleep with their doors unlocked. There are places in the city where houses feel like fortresses.

All of my ratings are middle of the road because of this. Houston Independent School District is hideous. It also has some of the best schools in the country. More than 10 independent school districts serve Houston. Do you value homogeneity? Does wealthy and white mean good or right? Are you looking for quality schools that appreciate the diversity of America? Research! On matters of race and equal opportunity, Texas fails.
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Living in Houston has been amazing! The city is culturally diverse but people are respectful and friendly towards each other compared to other major cities in America like New York. Houstonians are accommodating and helpful for example when I visited the Big Apple, I was dumbfounded when no one would take their time to give direction to someone who is unfamiliar with their subway system, and people yell and scream at each other when they talk as if they are not human beings who have feelings. I could not imagine living life without a sense of connectedness and appreciation to others. I believe that what makes life worth living is when people know how to value each other and their cultural differences and not consumed by their busy lifestyle that they lose sight of their surroundings.
Diversity is Houston's strong suit, with such a culturally rich city there is a place here for all people. It doesn't matter whether you are a busy body, artist, sports fanatic, food enthusiast, a family with children, this is a city for everyone. The food is immaculate, with endless choices for all budgets and taste buds. When it comes to buying a home in the Houston, your money will go a lot further considering the space and lot size. There is an abundant amount of places to shop, for fancy occasions and laid back ones as well. There are also kid-friendly events that pop up regulatory all over Houston, and a lot of them are free of charge. So many business owners were born and raised in Houston, which speaks volumes to reasons why they decided to invest in the city and open their own businesses.
Houston is a beautiful city filled with beautiful people.
This is one city that is constantly thriving, expanding and changing everyday. You don't want to miss out!