Economic Development Resources

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On this page you will find a report provided by our partners Lone Star College North Houston Economic Development Center. The report has data and information on the follow topic section:

Population & Demographics



Race & Ethnicity

Economic Indicators

Key Facts



Key Facts

Wage Trends

Employment Trends

As of 2020Q1, total employment for the NHA Service Area was 692,870 (based on a four-quarter moving average). Over the year ending 2020Q1, employment increased 1.5% in the region.

Average Annual Wage Trends

The average worker in the NHA Service Area earned annual wages of $65,674 as of 2020Q1. Average annual wages per worker increased 1.7% in the region over the preceding four quarters. For comparison purposes, annual average wages were $57,624 in the nation as of 2020Q1.

2019Q1 Workforce Analysis

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Economic & Development Resources

The North Houston Association’s fundamental values of Connection, Influence, and Education guide our every action and we want to provide our membership with as many tools as we can to help them do the same. On this page you will find data, resources, and helpful information about our service area and the Greater North Houston region in regards to economic development and trends.

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Contains NHA’s top mobility projects along with other layers including:

  • FEMA Flood Zones
  • School Districts
  • Land Parcels
  • Legislative Districts
  • Roads & Highways
  • City Limits
  • County Boundaries
  • County Commissioner Precincts

Helpful Links & Community Partners

On our mission to connect our region we have made many valuable partners along the way. To say we wouldn’t be where we are today without them is an understatement. Check out this page to see just a few of the many organzations that have helped us make our mark.

Environment & Water Resources

Houston Stronger is a group of businesses from the entire region that have worked together to diligently come up with a $61.55 billion dollar flood control plan. This plan was passed during the 86th Legislative Session and encompasses 12 independent projects that will cover the entire Houston region and more.

Members Center

We want to make sure you get the most of your membership, so please visit this page for information any of the following:

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Cost of Living Index

The Cost of Living Index estimates the relative price levels for consumer goods and services. When applied to wages and salaries, the result is a measure of relative purchasing power. The cost of living is 4.2% lower in NHA Service Area than the U.S. average.

Industry Snapshot

Employment Share by Industry Sector

Projected Annual Growth 

Over the next year, employment in the NHA Service Area is projected to expand by 11,146 jobs. The fastest growing sector in the region is expected to be Health Care and Social Assistance with a +2.6% year-over-year rate of growth. The strongest forecast by number of jobs over this period is expected for Health Care and Social Assistance (+1,841 jobs), Accommodation and Food Services (+1,514), and Construction (+1,294).

Top Industries

The largest sector in the NHA Service Area is Retail Trade, employing 79,574 workers. The next-largest sectors in the region are Accommodation and Food Services (73,059 workers) and Health Care and Social Assistance (71,848). High location quotients (LQs) indicate sectors in which a region has high concentrations of employment compared to the national average. The sectors with the largest LQs in the region are Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction (LQ = 5.97), Transportation and Warehousing (1.68), and Construction (1.54).

Sectors in the NHA Service Area with the highest average wages per worker are Management of Companies and Enterprises ($209,891), Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction ($176,801), and Utilities ($114,372). Regional sectors with the best job growth (or most moderate job losses) over the last 5 years are Health Care and Social Assistance (+11,930 jobs), Accommodation and Food Services (+11,834), and Transportation and Warehousing (+7,604).

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Education & Employment Growth 

Expected growth rates for occupations vary by the education and training required. While all employment in the NHA Service Area is projected to grow 1.6% over the next ten years, occupations typically requiring a postgraduate degree are expected to grow 2.2% per year, those requiring a bachelor’s degree are forecast to grow 1.8% per year, and occupations typically needing a 2-year degree or certificate are expected to grow 1.9% per year.