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Houston, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Houston had a population of 2,269 as of July 1, 2019. Houston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Houston is located at latitude 61.6303 and longitude -149.8181 in Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Houston encompass a land area of 22.4 sq. miles and a water area of 1.16 sq. miles. Matanuska-Susitna Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 249 feet.

The City of Houston (GNIS ID: 2419398) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Houston is located within the Matanuska-Susitna Census Subarea of Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Houston: Houston Siding.

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Houston, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Houston, AK Housing Affordability Index is 140
State of Alaska Housing Affordability Index is 124
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Houston, AK Wealth Index is 58
State of Alaska Wealth Index is 106
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 2,269 (100%)
Population in Households 2,257 (99.5%)
Population in Families 1,722 (75.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 12 ( 0.5%)
Population Density 95
Diversity Index2 43
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $51,629
Average Household Income $67,787
Per Capita Income $25,818
Wealth Index4 58

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 1,050 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 609 (58.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 255 (24.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 186 (17.7%)
Median Home Value $189,964
Housing Affordability Index3 140
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 864
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 550
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.87% 1.42%
Households 1.82% 1.44%
Families 1.64% 1.31%
Median Household Income   2.57%
Per Capita Income   2.64%

Houston, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Houston to the other 353 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 43 88th
Population Density # 75 79th
Diversity Index # 127 64th
Median Household Income # 155 56th
Per Capita Income # 176 50th

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