Performance Indicators

Plan Houston's performance indicators are intended to inform the public and policy makers on the community's success at achieving Plan Houston's community goals. They provide a snap shot of the current condition and they will be updated annually as information becomes available. Identifying current performance is a first step; a future step could include establishing preferences on outcomes.

Each performance indicator listed below links back to one or more of Plan Houston’s goals and provides a regular assessment of progress and trends. Many of these indicators are provided by external partners as well as city departments. A special thank you goes out to each of our partners! You may also track Plan Houston’s progress by accessing the indicator from each individual goal. Visit often to track our progress.


Percentage of Households Who Called 3-1-1 to Report an Issue With Infrastructure
Percentage of Lane Miles in Good or Better Condition
Percentage of Transit Boardings at ADA Accessible Stops With Shelters
Percentage of Residents Within 30 Minutes of Major Activity Centers by Transit (Including Average Wait Time)
Percentage of Population Within Quarter Mile of Frequent Transit Service
Mode Share
Freeway Planning Time Index
Average Hours Delay Per Commuter (Annual)
Average Travel Cost Per Capita
Miles of Bicycle Facilities
Percent of Power Distribution That is Underground or Fortified
Percent of Residences Inside Floodplain
Number of Structures At-Risk in the Floodplain
Price of Water by Type
Employment Density
Land Use Diversity
Number of 
Billboard Faces
Expenditures on Art
Tree Plantings
Per Capita Spending on Parks
Percentage of Programmed Park Space
Percentage of Residents Within a Half Mile (10-Minute Walk) of a Park
Walkability Index
Traffic Fatalities Per Capita
Severe Repetitive Loss/Recurring Flood Claims
Percentage of Residents With Fear of Crime
Blight Index
Perceptions of Welcoming, Respected, and Comfort With Diversity
Number of Languages For Which Libraries Provide Materials
Mix of Places of Origin
Density of 
Cultural Amenities
Access to Cultural Destinations
Job Training for Disabled Adults
Number of Persons Receiving Services By These Organizations
Number of Organizations Providing Healthcare or Other Services for Disadvantaged and At-Risk Groups
Percentage of Children in Early Intervention Programs
Percentage of Mothers Receiving Prenatal Care
Supply of Health Care Centers (or Providers)
Group Membership
Unemployment Rate
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Population Spending More Than 30 Percent of Income on Housing and Transportation Costs
Poverty Rate
Median Household Income (or Income Per Capita)
High School Graduation Rates
Percent of High School Graduates Attending a Post-Secondary Institution
Voter Participation Rates
Average Houston 
HTV Viewers
Percent of Population Reporting Trust in Neighbors
Volunteerism Rate
Change in Number of Social, Civic, and Faith Nonprofits
Participation in 
Social, Civic and Faith Organizations
Percentage of Population Without Health Insurance
Connection With Neighbors
Number of Planning Initiatives in which City, County and Regional Entities Participate in Together or Number of Interlocal Agreements in Place
Citizen Satisfaction With City Services
City’s Bond Rating
Percentage of Infrastructure Expenditures Funded Using Debt or Percent of Expenditures Used Toward Debt Payment
City Webpage Visitors
Percentage of City Lane Miles Over 40 Years Old
Access to Supermarkets or Healthy Food Per Capita/Half Mile
Water Use Intensity by User Type
Vehicle Miles Traveled Per Capita
Total Energy Consumption
Percentage Recycling and Composting Share of Disposal Services
Jobs by Industry Code (As Percentage of Total Jobs)
Venture Capital Investment Per Capita
Number of Patents Per Capita
Number of Sole Proprietors
Number of Small Businesses
Number of Micro Businesses
Number of Firms Engaged in Global Commerce
Economist Intelligence United Global Competitiveness Index Overall Score
Number of LEED Certified/Registered Buildings
Population Living Within a Half Mile of a Community Facility
Number of People Who Are Satisfied with Community Facilities in Their Area
Percentage of Population Within a Half Mile of Major Activity/Urban Center
Number of New Business Establishments
Property Values
Gross Domestic Product
Percentage of Workers With At Least an Associate Degree or Trade Certificate
Volunteerism in Schools
Education Foundation Activity
Economic Impact of University Research
Community Use of School Campuses
Percentage of Grade 9 Students Passing Algebra
Percentage of Population Who Are Healthy Weight
Linear Feet of Sidewalks
Average Incidence Rates of Preventable Diseases
Air Quality Index
Average Home Price
Housing Diversity Index
Historic Buildings and Sites Listed in National Register of Historic Places, State and or City Historic Designation
Square Mileage of Local Historic Districts
Estimated Tourists/Visitors
Tourism Dollars Spent
Percentage of 3 and 4 year-olds Enrolled in Quality Pre-K
Percentage of National Association Education for Young Children (NAEYC) Accredited Day Care Programs
High School Graduation Rates
Percentage of Grade 3 Reading at Grade 4 Reading Level
Number of Highly Qualified Teachers
Arts and Cultural Events Participation
Consumer Spending on the Arts
Investment/Donations to Cultural Organizations
Response Time
Bike Score
Transit Score
Number of Creative Industry Enterprises
Housing Affordability Index
Number of Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
Percent of Adult Population with a College Degree