In November 2023, Houston will elect its 63rd mayor. This report identifies the city's challenges and opportunities and the issues residents would like to see the next mayor address. Overall, reducing crime, improving physical infrastructure and making housing more affordable were identified as top priorities. The report also assesses residents' opinions on issues such as the economy, traffic, climate change, homelessness and the quality of city services.
Data used for this report were collected from April to June 2023 through an online survey of over 2,000 residents in Houston city limits. Participants were identified using an address-based technique to create a sample representative of Houston. This study was conducted in partnership with Houston Landing, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization, and made possible with financial support from Houston Endowment.