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Harris County, Texas

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Harris County is the third-most populous county in the nation with 4.1 million people. Harris County is larger in population than 24 states. Twenty-five Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters located in Harris County. With more than 3,000 energy-related firms, Harris County is recognized as the energy capital of the world.

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Harris County also is home of the largest medical center in the world—the Texas Medical Center—which employs 93,500 people and has one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and research.

In addition, Harris County is home to the Port of Houston, which is ranked number one in the nation in volume of foreign tonnage. The port also is the second-largest petrochemical complex in the world.

Houston/Harris County was selected as one of 2008's “100 Best Communities for Young People” by America’s Promise Alliance, the nation's largest collaborative partnership dedicated to improving the well-being of children and youth.

Harris County Health Statistics

Harris County, Texas, which includes the city of Houston, is an urban community and the most populated and diverse of the National Healthy Worksite communities, with 82,277 employers and more than 1.5 million employees.

This is a graph of Harris County Health Statistics. There are three groups of three columns. The first group of columns provides smoking prevalence rates from 2010 BRFSS data at the Harris county level (17%), Texas state level (16%) and national level (17%). The second group of columns provides obesity prevalence rates from 2009 BRFSS data at the Harris county level (29%), Texas state level (30%) and national level (27%). The last group of columns provides physical inactivity prevalence rate from 2009 BRFSS data at the Harris county level (23%), Texas state level (27%) and national level (24%).

Harris County ranks 154th out of Texas’ 233 counties in health factors, according to the County Health Rankings. Health factors in the County Health Rankings are those that influence the health of a county, including health behavior and clinical care, as well as social, economic and physical environment factors.

The Houston Wellness Association offers training and networking opportunities for local employers. Harris County’s tobacco-use rate is higher than the state average, and 29% of Harris County residents are categorized as obese. The number of individuals who are physically inactive is higher than state and national averages.

Harris County Participating Employers

Total number of employers in Harris County: 13
Total number of employees in Harris County: 2,055

  • The Mission of Yahweh, Inc., Houston, small, services
  • DistribAire Inc, Houston, small, wholesale
  • Brookstone LP, Houston, small, construction
  • SSI Chusei, Inc, Pasedena, small, manufacturing
  • YMCA of Greater Houston, small, services
  • Salem Lutheran Church, Tomball, small, services
  • Thompson + Hanson, Bellaire, mid-size, wholesale
  • DePelchin Children's Center, Houston, mid-size, services
  • Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, Spring, mid-size, services
  • Tellepsen, Houston, mid-size, construction
  • ROSEN USA, Inc., Houston, large, construction
  • David Weekley Homes, Houston, large, construction
  • Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., Houston, large, retail

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