Information About Houston County

The total estimated population is 23,185. Density is very low at 19 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 23,008; Black: 15,899; American Indian: 6,476; Two or More Races: 502; Asian: 61; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 57; Other Race: 13; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 23,185 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 702 foreign born residents, of which 17.4% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 552; Germany: 28; Philippines: 24; Malaysia: 17; United Kingdom: 13; Canada: 10; El Salvador: 9; U.S. Born: This State: 19,140; South: 1,125; Midwest: 1,114; West: 915; Northeast: 139;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Houston County Most Common US Birthplaces in Houston County

The sex distribution is 53% male and 47% female. The median age is 40 years.

Age Distribution

There are 1,468 married couples with children and 1,184 single-parent households (15 men, 1,169 women).

The median household income is $28,119 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Texas: $39,927; Houston County: $28,119;

21% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Texas: 15%; Houston County: 21%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 4,705; Government: 1,985; Self-employed: 589; Unpaid family work: 300; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 2,007; Service: 1,812; Sales and office: 1,751; Production, transportation, and material moving: 1,308; Professional and related: 1,194; Office and administrative support: 1,057;

Work Types in Houston County Common Occupations in Houston County

The average commute time is 24 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 6,024; Car or truck (carpooled): 1,237; Worked at home: 264; Walked: 191; Public transportation: 34; Bicycle: 24; Motorcycle: 2;

Transportation to work methods in Houston County

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Houston County.

There are 10,730 housing units, of which 7,757 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 6,285; Renter: 1,974; Vacant: 2,471; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 2,678; Not Mortgaged: 3,607;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Houston County

The median single family home value is $49,300.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Texas: $986; Houston County: $3,677;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Texas: $490; Houston County: $1,813;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 947; 1940 to 1949: 662; 1950 to 1959: 916; 1960 to 1969: 1,315; 1970 to 1979: 2,263; 1980 to 1989: 2,650; 1990 to 1994: 866; 1995 to 1998: 795; 1999 to March 2000: 316;

2.6% of homes lack plumbing and 4.9% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Electricity: 3,678; Utility Gas: 2,282; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 2,008; Wood: 244;