Kinder Houston Area Survey: 2024 Results

KHAS 2024 report cover

The 43rd annual Kinder Houston Area Survey provides an unparalleled look at current conditions in the region as well as the “Houston of Tomorrow.”

The 43rd annual Kinder Houston Area Survey provides an unparalleled look at current conditions in the region as well as the “Houston of Tomorrow.” While the same challenges that have weighed on the region over the last few years — crime and safety, affordable housing and the economy — remain at the forefront of people’s thinking, survey results show Houstonians are excited about the next 10 to 20 years and how emerging opportunities may reshape their lives, careers and communities.

Key findings

  • More than 1 in 4 Houston-area residents cited crime and safety as the biggest problem facing the area, making it the most commonly reported concern for the second straight year.
  • More than 1 in 5 residents identified housing affordability as the region's biggest problem. Corporations, landlords and neighborhood opposition were the most commonly cited causes of affordability challenges. 
  • Houston’s economy continues to leave many residents worried and behind, as nearly half are unable to come up with $400 to cover an unexpected emergency expense. 
  • Support for investments in education has continued to increase. Seventy percent of residents agreed schools needed more funding to provide a high-quality education.
  • In considering the future, Houston-area residents anticipate climate change will likely affect them personally and will harm the region’s economy.
  • Given the significant leadership role Houston plays in the energy economy, 73% of respondents believe the city has an advantage when it comes to leading America’s alternative energy future.
  • Houstonians appear to be of two minds about AI technology — 60% say it will result in job losses in the next 5 years, but half also say their own jobs are safe over the same time period.

The 2024 survey results were presented at the 2024 Kinder Institute Luncheon, and a recording of the presentation can be viewed here. To learn more about the Kinder Houston Area Survey and see results from past years, click here

RELATED URBAN EDGE
City of Houston skyline
After getting the lights back on, what’s Houston’s biggest problem going forward?
RESEARCH :  May. 20, 2024

Over the course of about four weeks early in 2024, residents across Harris County were asked their opinions on a variety of topics as part of the Kinder Houston Area Survey. That includes a question that has been asked every year since the survey’s founding in 1982: “What would you say is the biggest problem facing people in the Houston area today?”

DEMOGRAPHICS | HOUSING | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
RELATED URBAN EDGE
It a question of when, and not if, that artificial intelligence makes an impact on Houston's workforce.
How can Houstonians keep up — and keep their jobs — in the rapidly evolving AI landscape?
PERSPECTIVES :  May. 28, 2024

About 6 out of 10 residents expect the rise of artificial intelligence to have a major impact on Houston’s workforce in the near future, according to the 43rd Kinder Houston Area Survey.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
IN THE NEWS
Houstonians worried most about crime, housing, and economy, Kinder Institute study shows
May. 20, 2024 - ABC13 HOUSTON
Survey: Crime, housing costs, economy still top concerns for Harris County residents
May. 20, 2024 - HOUSTON LANDING
What are the biggest problems facing Houston? Here's what residents told Rice University's Kinder Institute.
May. 20, 2024 - HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL
Nearly 9 in 10 Houstonians want the city to lead the world's energy transition, Rice survey finds
May. 20, 2024 - HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Public safety among top concerns for Houstonians, according to new survey
May. 20, 2024 - HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA
2024 Rice Kinder Houston Area Survey: Residents of the world’s energy capital believe Houston should lead the energy transition
May. 20, 2024 - RICE NEWS
Houstonians still troubled by finances and crime
May. 21, 2024 - AXIOS
What's changed about Houstonians' worries? Survey says: Affordability. | Editorial
May. 22, 2024 - HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Houstonians' Biggest Concern, Missing District Judge, & West Nile Virus Fear
May. 24, 2024 - CITY CAST HOUSTON
RELATED INITIATIVES
Greater Houston Community Panel

The Greater Houston Community Panel includes thousands of scientifically selected adults in Harris County, Texas, who are regularly surveyed about their families and communities, including their health, well-being, expectations, opinions, priorities and aspirations.

Body
Body
Body
Mailing Address

6100 Main St. MS-208
Houston, TX 77005-1892

kinder@rice.edu
713-348-4132 

Subscribe to our e-newsletter

Physical Address

Rice University
Kraft Hall
6100 Main Street, Suite 305
Houston, TX 77005-1892

Featured Sponsor

Support the Kinder Institute