DATA: See how Cy-Fair has changed over the past five years

The U.S. Census Bureau released updated data Dec. 19 for a variety of demographic categories across the country. Data for the Cy-Fair area—defined by the census as the boundaries for Cy-Fair ISD—includes updates on population, housing characteristics, poverty, health insurance and the local workforce, among other categories.

According to the census, the annual data release "helps local officials, community leaders and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities."

The Cy-Fair population grew by more than 55,000 people between 2014 and 2018.

The Cy-Fair area has seen population growth to the tune of more than 55,000 between 2014 and 2018, according to the census. Growth increased by 10.5% over that timeframe, outpacing the rate of growth in both Harris County and the state of Texas, which have growth by 7.8% and 6.9%, respectively.

The fastest growing demographic in Cy-Fair is the 65 and older population.

In 2014, residents ages 65 and older made up roughly 7.2% of the overall Cy-Fair population. As of 2018, that demographic made up just under 9% of the population. The total number of individuals ages 65 and older increased from 38,296 in 2014 to 51,856 2018, an increase of 35.4%. The number of individuals ages 65 and older who are in the workforce also increased over that time.

Median home values, taxes paid and monthly rents are all on the rise.

Median home values rose by more than $35,000 between 2014 and 2018, from $153,100 to $189,000. The median annual real estate taxes paid increased by more than $300 over that same time.

The total number of people who rent in Cy-Fair increased from about 53,100 in 2014 to 59,800 in 2018, at which point renters made up about 31% of the overall Cy-Fair population. As more people rented space in Cy-Fair, the median monthly rent increased by just under $125.

Health care support is the fastest growing segment of the local workforce.

Between 2013 and 2014, the following five workforce sectors saw the fastest growth in Cy-Fair:

1. Health care support (74.1% increase)

2. Personal care and service (28.7% increase)

3. Production, transportation and material moving (27.9% increase)

4. Food preparation (25.8% increase)

5. Health care practitioner and technical (21.7% increase)

The sectors to see the most growth included management, business and financial—where the workforce grew by more than 6,000 people—and production, transportation and material moving, where the workforce grew by just under 7,000 people. The total workforce grew from 255,754 in 2013 to 290,017 in 2018.

Impoverished and uninsured populations are both on the decline.

The number of Cy-Fair residents living below the poverty line decreased from 50,342 in 2013 to 49,834 in 2018 with the overall percent of the population falling from 9.9% to 8.6%. Meanwhile, the number of uninsured residents decreased from 98,760 in 2013 to 82,700 in 2018. The overall percent of the population that is uninsured fell from 19.4% in 2013 to 14.3% in 2018.

By Shawn Arrajj

Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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