Houston median incomes rise, along with poverty levels

September 21st, 2012 8:56am
Last month, average single-family home prices rose 4 percent to $224,464.Although Houston real estate and the local economy have continued to outperform national averages, the city has experienced a major rift between income levels during recent years.

According to data from the Census Bureau, Houston's poverty rate edged higher during the course of 2011, up 1 percent from a year earlier. Despite growth at the lower end of the income spectrum, median household incomes actually increased $542 during the same period to $42,877.

Even though Houston has had a thriving economy while many other areas continue to struggle, disparity between job creation is believed to be a major driver behind this development.

"It's a new kind of economy that produces good jobs for the highly skilled and low-pay jobs, no-benefits jobs, for the unskilled. And there are few jobs in between," Rice University sociology professor Stephen Klineberg told the Houston Chronicle. 

Last month, average single-family home prices rose 4 percent to $224,464, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. While some households might think this is out of their price ranges, average fixed mortgage rates recently dropped back to all-time lows, making the prospect of purchasing a home much more affordable.  

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