Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston and Chambers counties make up a little East Texas pocket of "doing better."
That's according to a New York Times graphic released last week. The Times ranked every county in the United States by median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy, obesity and percentage of residents with at least a bachelor's degree. After averaging each county's relative rank in those categories to create an overall rank, The Times found Harris county and the surrounding counties to be doing quite well compared with others around the country.
Among all 3,135 countries in the United States, Harris County was No. 802. On the graph's spectrum of dark teal to burnt orange, with the teal being the "doing better" and orange being the "doing worse" side, Harris county was one away from the darkest shade of teal.
Translation: Harris County is pretty healthy compared to others. But Fort Bend County and Montgomery County are doing even better. Both counties were better than Harris County in every category.
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Median income in Fort Bend County($84,211) is over $30,000 more than the Harris County median income. Unemployment is .8 percent lower in Montgomery County than in Harris County. Out of all counties in the US, Fort Bend ranked No. 72.
As for Galveston County and Brazoria County, they both have higher median incomes than Harris County, but higher unemployment rates, too. And in Chambers County, the percentage of residents with at least a bachelor's degree is almost half that of Harris County's, but the median income in Chambers County is higher than in Harris County - $75,200 to $53,160.
But as all Houstonians know, there is only factoid that matters: Houston coming out ahead of Dallas. And it did. Dallas County was No. 1,123 according to the New York Times, more than 300 counties behind Harris County.