Our Community, Our Home

Understanding the demographics of our state and our region is important to planning a thoughtful Community Benefit program with lasting impact.

Consider the following facts:

  • Houston encompasses the third-youngest population and one of the fastest growing pediatric populations in the nation. The U.S. Census estimates that 35.3% of households have one or more children under the age of 18.
  • The U.S. Census states that Texas’ population in 2010 was 25,145,561, a 20.6% increase from the state’s population in 2000.
  • With a population of more than 2.1 million, Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, with the larger metropolitan region being home to more than 6.1 million residents.
  • 1 in 3 children in the nation is covered by Medicaid and 1.4 million children in Texas remain uninsured

While these statistics underscore Houston’s status as a vibrant, growing metro, a closer review of the underlying dynamics – such as economic factors and demographics – is essential to providing a Community Benefit program relevant to current needs and with the foresight to accommodate future necessities.

As the city’s evolving population places further demands on the traditional health care system, it will be critical to identify and execute innovative and effective programs and solutions to maintain the health and well being of our community particularly for our children, Houston’s hope for maintaining vitality and growth into the next generation and beyond.

For more information regarding a summary of the status of health in Houston, please refer to The University of Texas School of Public Health’s Health of Houston Survey 2010.