Houston, Texas 

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Health in Houston, Texas

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


PHYSICIANS PER CAPITA

There are 185 physicians per 100,000 population in Houston. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


HEALTH COST INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Houston area is 93.8 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

93.8 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


WATER QUALITY INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Houston area is 37 (100=best). The US average is 55.

37 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


SUPERFUND INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Houston area is 94 (100=best). The US average is 87.

94 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.


QUICK FACTS
Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Houston commutes 27.0 minutes one-way, which is longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

AIR QUALITY INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Houston area is 49 (100=best). The US average is 58.

49 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Reviews for Houston    360 Reviews
    Great culture/diversity, bad air quality/weather - 8/7/2020
    I've lived in Houston 12 years. The food, diversity, people, job opportunities are fantastic, I actually really love this city. The air quality, weather, and crime? I'm... Read More

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    Lived there for 35 years. Lived it, loved it. - 1/31/2020
    I lived in H-town for 35 great years. Work took me away, and I miss it terribly. It's not the prettiest place you'll ever see, nor the most enjoyable summers.... Read More

    As Someone Who's Lived in Houston for 2 decades.. - 1/14/2020
    As someone who's lived in Houston for 2 decades I am a COMPLETE local of this city! But if somebody asked me if I like it, I'd say hell no! The topography of this... Read More


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    ZIP CODES IN HOUSTON, TEXAS
    77449, 77084, 77429, 77379, 77036, 77433, 77095, 77072, 77077, 77088, ... 101 more

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