North Houston Economic Development

Contact: Elizabeth Balderrama
Elizabeth.R.Balderrama@LoneStar.edu
832.813.6252

We Are Ready for Your Business!

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North Houston is a great place to do business. The region has a rapidly growing population and a ready workforce, making it attractive to diverse industries. Learn more about the more than 2.3 million people who live in our 3,000 square mile region.

North Houston Regional Profile

Key Indicator 2017 2022
Population 2.3M 2.6M
Median Age 34.0 34.4
Average HH Income $95,964 $108,638
Civilian Employed (16+ in Labor Force) 93.8% ---
Civilian Unemployed (16+ in Labor Force) 6.2% ---
High School Diploma 20.7% ---
Some College, No Degree 21.9% ---
Associate Degree 7.0% ---
Bachelor's Degree 21.5% ---
Graduate/Professional Degree 9.8% ---

Source: U.S. Census Bureau. Esri forecasts for 2017 and 2022.

Major Employers in North Houston

The North Houston region is home to a diverse business and industry portfolio. Many companies have chosen this area for their corporate headquarter locations. Businesses range from small printing shops to major corporate headquarters.

North Houston Region Largest Companies

Taxes

Income Tax

Texas has no personal or corporate income tax.

Texas Franchise Tax Rates

  • 0.75% for most entities
  • 0.375% for qualifying wholesalers and retailers*
  • 0.331% for those entities with $20 million or less in Total Revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) electing the E-Z Computation

*Additional information is available through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Office.

Sales Tax

The state sales tax rate is 6.25%. Certain city and local taxing entities may levy up to 2.00% sales tax in addition to the state sales tax.

The Tax Rate Locator on Texas Window on State Government website allows you to enter a specific address to determine the taxing jurisdiction(s) at that address.

Property Tax

Learn more about Texas property taxes here with the North Houston Region Taxes

Workforce

The North Houston Region's workforce is skilled, educated, and ready to work. The region's 2017 median age is 34.

Texas is a right-to-work state. For information about the Right to Work laws in the state of Texas, please visit the Office of Attorney General.

2017 Civilian Population 16+ in Labor Force
Civilian Employed 93.8%
Civilian Unemployed 6.2%
2017 Employed Population 16+ by Industry
Total 16+ Population 1,035,038
Services 44.7%
Retail Trade 11.2%
Manufacturing 10.3%
Construction 8.7%
Transportation/Utilities 7.6%
Finance/Insurance/Real Estate 5.8%
Agriculture/Mining 3.1%
Wholesale Trade 4.2%
Public Administration 3.3%
Information 1.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau. Esri forecasts for 2017.

Learn more about the workforce here: North Houston Region Workforce

Workforce Development

When training is needed there are multiple resources for providing training and workforce development.

Lone Star College

Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation. In fall 2016, there were over 85,000 credit students enrolled. Combined with thousands more who take continuing education and leisure learning classes throughout the year, the college has about 95,000 students. Students rely on Lone Star College for Associate Degrees, certifications for work in high-demand industries, and credits that enable them to transfer to universities in Texas. Learn more with the Lone Star College Career Focus(pdf). Lone Star College:
  • Provides specialized, trade specific training in oil and gas, alternative energy, or mechanized production industries at the new, state-of-the-art Lone Star College Energy & Manufacturing Institute.
  • Is a primary provider of nurses and health care workers and leading provider of fire fighters and EMTs in the Houston area.
  • Provides opportunities for Bachelor's and advanced degrees through its university centers and partnerships with a number of four-year universities.
  • Is a Top 5 producer of associate degrees nationwide.
  • Provides a $3.1 billion annual economic impact to the local community.

Lone Star Corporate College

Lone Star Corporate College partners with global corporations to provide customized training, open enrollment courses, and professional seminars. There is a focus on the energy, computer technology, and advanced manufacturing sectors, but also training is also available for retail, hospitality, school districts, health care organizations, non-profits, and many other industries.

For more information, call 281.296.7827 or e-mail: CorporateCollege@LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College Energy & Manufacturing Institute (LSC-EMI)

LSC-EMI is a resource for a multitude of industries including oil and gas, alternative energy, power generation and distribution, chemical plants and refineries, industrial and commercial maintenance, mechanized and automated production industries, welding, applied research and development, and many more.

The LSC-EMI offers customized, hands-on, competency-based technical training and education.

Workforce Solutions

Workforce Solutions is the public workforce system for the 13-county Houston-Galveston region. Workforce Solutions partners with businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations, and community leaders to find solutions to labor needs of industries vital to the region and its economy. Workforce Solutions is comprised of the Texas Workforce Commission and a statewide network of 28 Workforce Development Boards.

Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency that oversees and provides workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Texas. Employee training programs funded by the Texas Workforce Commission include:

Resources

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Fast Facts
  • 11 in-district ISDs and 6 out-of-district ISDs
  • More than 3,000 square miles of towns, districts, and communities
  • Population of 2.3 million (2017)
  • Projected population of 2.6 million (2022)
  • Median age, 34 (2017)
  • Projected median age, 34.4 (2022)
  • Average household income, $95,964 (2017)
  • Projected average household income, $108,638 (2022)
Contact Information
Elizabeth Balderrama
Interim Director
832.813.6252

5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381