Institute for Immigration Research

Rebuilding Houston

Poverty status immigrants living in houston metro area

Who will be rebuilding Houston?

We know Houston is struggling to get back on its feet after Hurricane Harvey. It is a particularly tough time for its immigrant population, who make up approximately 23% of the population in the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Area. A few points to consider:

  • The education level of foreign-born residents in Houston is significantly lower than the foreign-born in the U.S. as a whole. For example, 38% of the foreign-born in Houston have not earned a high school degree as compared to 30% of the foreign-born across the country.
  • In Houston, incomes of the foreign-born lag behind those of the native-born. The estimated median personal income of foreign-born residents of the Houston metropolitan area is $33,579 as compared to $50,877 for the native-born.

When it comes to rebuilding, however, the area’s newest Americans will be doing much of the heavy lifting:

  • Overall in 2015, 66% of the immigrants in Houston were employed, as compared to 61% of the native-born.
  • 14% of immigrant workers were employed in construction, as compared to 4% of the native-born.
  • 10% of immigrant workers were employed in building and grounds, cleaning, or maintenance occupations, as compared to 2% of the native-born.
  • 55% of the immigrant population in the area were homeowners.

So, now you know who will be rebuilding Houston: Houston’s New Americans.

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