NNMD has a total population of 119,000 residents, and population is expected to increase by 10% by 2019, to 131,000, based on U. S. Census Bureau projections. Projections by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) predict the highest growth in the area bordered by Cole Creek, West Tidwell, and the Burlington Northern Railroad.
Race and Ethnicity
The NNMD's population is 59% white. African Americans account for 33% of the population. In the District, 48% of residents report their ethnicity as Hispanic population (people whose ethnicity is identified as Hispanic or Latino may be of any race). Overall, minorities account for 85.4% of the total population in the District.
A total of 20.6% of households in the District are below the federally designated poverty level ($23,492 for a family of four in the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey). NNMD residents have an average income of $53,826, below that of the greater Houston metropolitan area ($58,345).
The NNMD senior population of 8.6% falls below that of the greater Houston metropolitan area (9%).
Individuals with Disabilities: The population of individuals with disabilities is comparable to that of the greater Houston metropolitan area at 9.5%. Nine percent of households in the NNMD are considered zero-car households, equal to Houston overall. The largest concentrations of households without vehicle access are located in the southeastern part of the District.
Data from the 2010 U.S. Census Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) database reports 23,590 jobs within NNMD's boundaries. Most of the jobs are in the manufacturing, professional and technical, wholesale trade, and retail fields. According to LEHD, 46.2% of job salaries are at or above $40,000 per year. Approximately 56.4% of these jobs are held by workers between the ages of 30 and 54; only 2.2% of these are NNMD residents. Only 992 individuals both live and work within the NNMD. However, the LEHD reports that 33% of workers within the NNMD reside less than 10 miles away, a distance that can easily be traveled utilizing public transit.
The District is predominantly residential with industrial and commercial uses concentrated around railways and major thoroughfares. Land Use along Little York, U.S. Highway 290, and State Highway 249 is mainly commercial. Antoine Drive is both commercial and residential.
Of the four bus routes providing access to and from NNMD, one route serves north-south corridors (Antoine, TC Jester) and four routes serve east-west corridors (West Little York/Victory, Tidwell, SH 249). The north-south bus route connects NNMD with the central business district (CBD) to the southeast. East-west bus routes connect NNMD with the east side of Houston and the Northline Transit Center. The METRO New Bus Network deployed in August 2015 brings high-frequency transit to the Antoine Corridor.
Data was collected from the 2012 U.S. Census for population density, median household income, minority population, zero car households, senior citizen population, and workforce disability to determine transit need. Results indicate that the areas with the highest need in the NNMD are towards the center and southeast of the District. This need is generated primarily by a higher percentage of minorities, individuals living below the poverty level, and zero-car households, and a lower median income, all of which are typically indicators of a population reliant on public transit.