The Diversity of Culture and Sports in Houston

Houston is becoming one of the biggest sports towns in the US. The home of the Astros, Rockets, Texans, Dynamo, Dash, Gamblers, and one day, God-willing, an NHL hockey team, Houston is one the most diverse and thriving cities of the world, but what percentage of Houston participates in sports? 

First off, how diverse is Houston? 

The city of Houston has a population of over 2,300,000 people across 637.4 square miles (1651 km2). It is the 4th largest city in the U.S and largest in Texas based on population. Today, immigrants represent one in every four people in the Houston three-county region. 45 percent of households speak a language other than English at home in Harris County. Across all 3 counties in Houston, in 1980 the population was about 64 percent White, 15 percent Hispanic, 19 percent Black, and 1 percent Other. Also, in 2017 the population was 39 percent Hispanic, 34 percent White, 17 percent Black, 8 percent Asian, and 2 percent Other. Houston is ranked 31st in cultural diversity, 53rd in religious diversity, 96th in socioeconomic diversity, 125th in economic diversity, and 136th in household diversity across the United States. 

Not only is Houston culturally diverse, but the sports in it have a wide range of diversity.

Houston has six professional major league teams: the Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Dynamo FC (MLS), Houston Dash (NWSL), and Houston SaberCats (MLR). It has professional sports teams for every major professional league except for the National Hockey League, The National Lacrosse League, and the WNBA. There are over 32 semi-professional teams in Houston across 17 different sports. As far as college sports, there are four DI programs, one DIII program, and two junior college programs across all sports. An interesting fact, Houston is listed as a potential host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the world’s biggest sports tournament. The stadium that will most likely be used to play in is NRG Stadium that can seat up to 72,220 people. Other notable stadiums in Houston are Minute Maid Stadium (41168), PNC Stadium (22,039), and Toyota Center (18,300). As you can see, Houston is not just racially diverse, but also seems to be one the most athletically diverse cities. 

Now the real question – what percentage of Houston is in sports?

 It is nearly impossible to come up with a percentage for how many people play sports in the entirety of the city of Houston. I would say a rough majority of the city is involved in a sport at least at an intramural level. Houston is a great place to take advantage of the sports culture, if people do not find a sport to play themselves, there are many options to watch and support as a fan as well. There is also the Sports Tech outlet as you see, for example, the Esports industry and VR gaming growing rapidly. The potential to grow into one of the most dominant sports culture cities in the world is immeasurable for a city with this much culture and resources. 

If Houston is the diversity/sports hub of the world, then the question that needs to be asked next is, why not make Houston the next Sports Tech Hub of the world?