The Kinder Interactive Research Gallery is a place to explore ways to use data to guide decision making.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team, the gallery houses interactive data dashboards that accompany institute research reports. These dashboards, which cover topics such as the annual Kinder Houston Area Survey, what opportunity zones mean for Houston and neighborhood gentrification in Harris County, are used to bring a deeper understanding of the research.

Dive into the interactive dashboards below or click here to visit the gallery.

2021 State of Housing Dashboard

The 2021 State of Housing in Harris County and Houston report uses a range of indicators to track the challenges, opportunities and trends in the region’s housing system. Neighborhood level indicators are available on the Houston Community Data Connection's State of Housing Dashboard.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

Houston Area Survey

Kinder Houston Area Survey DATA

For 40+ years, Rice University’s Kinder Houston Area Survey has been measuring the continuities and changes in the perceptions and experiences of successive representative samples of Harris County adults. Through intensive 30-minute interviews reaching a total of more than 45,000 Houston area residents, the surveys have been tracking systematically the trends in life experiences, attitudes and beliefs during a period of remarkable economic and demographic change. 

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team

The Maker Economy

The Maker Economy

This storyboard highlights some of the personal interviews featured in the report, The Maker Economy: The Growing Demand of Small Urban Manufacturers in Houston. The small manufacturers shared their personal stories and the common challenge in finding affordable space to scale their growing businesses. Click to view their story and suggestions.

Created by Chris Servidio and Carlos Villegas

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Neighborhood Gentrification across Harris County: 1990 to 2016

Houston has been growing fast in the past three decades. With an influx of high-income households, certain low- and moderate-income neighborhoods are experiencing rising housing costs. At the same time, those neighborhoods have seen greater socioeconomic change, particularly in racial composition and educational attainment. This phenomenon, referred to as gentrification, changes both the social character and the built environment of a neighborhood.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

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Houston's Opportunity - Reconnecting Disengaged Youth and Young Adults to Strengthen Houston's Economy

Though the U.S. economy is doing well in the last few years, a group of young people known as Opportunity Youth and Young Adults (OYYA) continues to lag behind. Defined as individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither employed nor enrolled in school, the OYYA population is growing both nationally and in the Houston area.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

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Tracking Eighth-Graders' Post-Secondary Outcomes in Harris County

Higher education is becoming increasingly more in demand as it's predicted that by the year 2020, 65% of all jobs in the U.S. will require some post-secondary education and training beyond high school. Knowing this, the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) used the Houston Community Data Connections platform to track hundreds of thousands of Houston-area students' educational and professional careers for 17 years.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

Houston skyline and traffic

Accessing Opportunity

Proximity to jobs is important for all residents as it can affect employment outcomes, but it is especially crucial for low-income households whose budgets can be disproportionately impacted by transportation costs and long commutes. This tool visualizes neighborhood-level commuting patterns in Harris County.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.


The 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey

In this storyboard, we highlight the survey participants’ perspectives on the local economy and the impact of Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst rainstorms in American history. We note the growing partisan divide in beliefs about the American future and explore the paradoxical increase in the belief, despite well-documented realities, that a high school diploma is sufficient to be successful in today’s economy.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

Houston skyline

Mapping Houston Development

In many cities, development is shaped by zoning laws and follows a clear pattern determined by those systems. In Houston, growth is primarily driven by private subdivision development. This story map illustrates the urban growth within the region using diachronic maps of Harris and Fort Bend counties between 1950 and 2015 that were constructed from an analysis of subdivision plat data.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

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Community Bridges

The Community Bridges program is a year-long, experiential learning program for undergraduate students at Rice University. It pairs academic study with active fieldwork to address urban inequality and poverty issues. The program works with a variety of community partners in the Greater Houston area. Click to view selected student projects from previous years.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

Harris County blue map

2-1-1 Calls Data Dashboard

2-1-1 is a free helpline operated by United Way of Greater Houston 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in many languages. With Hurricane Harvey-related 211 call data between August 28 and October 10, we created the dashboard to show the distribution of Harvey-related 2-1-1 calls across Harris County area, major needs as well as many other interesting patterns. Click to explore the data.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

Hurricane Harvey flooding

FEMA Assistance Data Dashboard

As community groups canvass neighborhoods door to door to determine what actually happened when Harvey's record-breaking rain fell across the region, newly available data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency reveals where some of the highest impacts were recorded, capturing everything from home and car damage to food and shelter needs.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

Hurricane Harvey flooding

Hurricane Harvey

Drawing from numerous data sources, researchers at the Kinder Institute conducted analysis and created an interactive story map to present the information of estimated damages caused by Hurricane Harvey. The story map provides the community with Harvey-related data including the estimated economic cost of the storm; rainfall estimates; most affected neighborhoods; location, age and building type of likely affected homes; demographic characteristics of the affected population; and the affected schools’ information.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

Disparate City

Disparate City

The metropolitan Houston area has enjoyed tremendous population and economic growth in recent decades. From 1980 to 2010, the population of Harris County increased by 70% while the region grew as an international economic center for both the energy and medical industries. Despite this boom, these decades also saw an increase in concentrated poverty. Disparate City offers a view into the changing nature and geography of poverty and affluence in greater Houston over time.

Created by the Houston Community Data Connections team.

Harris County comparison map

Taking Stock

Today in Houston, the supply of multi-family properties and townhouses is growing faster than the stock of single-family detached homes. How is that changing the fabric of a city largely built around the automobile? Taking Stock guides users through the changes to Houston’s housing stock between 2005 and 2015.

Created by Kelsey Walker and Jean Aroom.