The city’s booming economy is making its way into its citizens’ wallets, but many of its residents are not so lucky.
The median household income in Houston is $59,500, up 10.5 percent from last year and the highest of any metro area in the country, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
But for people working in public media, the income is down 7.4 percent from a year ago, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The media sector has been booming,” said Melissa Lassiter, director of communications for Houston’s Department of Public Media, who added that she does not believe it’s because of the economic downturn, but because of an influx of new media talent.
That’s putting pressure on people like Lassiters husband, Scott, who said he has to move into a larger home.
Lassiter said there’s not a lot of time for that now because the jobs are full and the rents are skyrocketing.
But there is hope that the city is making strides to boost its image.
Last year, the city launched a pilot program for new media companies to be part of the city’s public-private Partnership for Public Media.
That initiative was launched by Mayor Sylvester Turner, who wants to attract the attention of new, creative media talent who may not be able to find work elsewhere.
Houston has the nation’s second-highest percentage of people living in poverty at 30.7 percent, according data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
It’s also the second-most populous city in Texas, and the fifth-largest in the U