This page showcases the interactive web applications developed by H-GAC's Community & Environmental Planning Department, as well as a few related external applications.
Click on a thumbnail below to view a brief description of the application. To view the application click on "Launch Application".
You can filter the applications using the list of filters listed below. You can select "Show All" at anytime to show all the applications.
Please note that when you select an "External App" you will be leaving H-GAC's website.
These applications are intended for general reference and planning purposes only. Mapping may not reflect on the ground conditions. The Houston-Galveston Area Council makes no further claims as to the accuracy or reliability of the data, and neither assumes, nor will accept liability for their use.
Interactive Regional Growth Report
Regional Employment Snapshot
Regional Demographic Snapshot
Historical Commuting Patterns
Regional Flood Information
2018 Basin Highlights Report
2017 Basin Highlights Report
Regional Building Inventory Snapshot (2015)
3D Property Value Viewer (2015)
Basin Summary Report (2016)
ACE (Activity-Connectivity Explorer) - Summary Viewer
ACE (Activity-Connectivity Explorer) - Advanced Viewer
Demographic Data Explorer
Closed Landfill Inventory
Interactive BIG Report
Low Impact Development
OSSF Information System
Regional Bikeway Viewer
Regional Land Use Information System (RLUIS)
Riparian Buffer Tool
Solid Waste Facilities
Water Resources Information Map
Current 5-Year ACS Data (2012-2016)
Commuting Patterns (3-Sq. Miles Hexagonal Grids)
Commuting Patterns (Regional Sectors)
Commuting Patterns (Counties)
Commuting Patterns (Zip Codes)
Commuting Patterns (Census Tracts)
Livable Centers Connectivity Tool
Livable Centers Fiscal Impact Model
Livable Centers Benefits Calculator
Regional Growth Forecast Report
Regional Population Growth Trends (1980-2040)
On The Map
USA Towns in Profile
USA Counties in Profile
US Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition
US Census Business Builder :Small Business Edition
TxDot One-Stop Demographic Data Analysis Tool
The Interactive Regional Growth Report compares key demographic and socio-economic changes of the Houston-Galveston Region to other major metropolitan areas in the US over the past few decades. It helps understand the reasons, strengths and potential challenges behind the region’s growth.
Regional Employment Snapshot is an interactive tool that provides a quick summary of key workplace employment characteristics for a user defined geography in the 13-County H-GAC region. The data is based on Workplace Area Characteristics (WAC) from US Census LEHD (Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics) and is available at County, City, Census Tract and 1-Square-Mile Hexagonal Grid levels.
Regional Demographic Snapshot is an interactive tool that provides a quick summary of key demographic variables for a user defined geography in the 13-County H-GAC region. The data is based on US Census American Community Survey 2012-2016 5-year estimates and is available at County, City, Zip Code, Census Tract and Block Group levels.
This interactive application visualizes workers' historical commuting patterns between home and workplace in 3 square-mile hexagonal grids in the region and analyzes the difference of average commute distances by workers’ ages, earnings, and industries. The data is based on 2002-2015 US Census Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Origin-Destination Employment Statistics data.
Regional Flood Information is an interactive GIS tool that provides information on neighborhoods and population vulnerable to potential flooding and hazards. It consolidates data from various Federal and local agencies relevant to recent flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in the H-GAC region (13 counties).
The 2017 Basin Highlights Report includes water quality status and trends for waterways in four basins monitored by the H-GAC Clean Rivers Program, an overview of the program's outreach activities, and summarizes special projects using Clean Rivers Program data.
Regional Building Inventory Snapshot (2015) is an interactive application that explores the 2015 regional building inventory and analyzes the development patterns based on a building’s year of construction, building type, housing units and non-residential square feet. Houston-Galveston Area Councils’ (H-GAC) Building Inventory Database is based on the appraisal data collected and processed from individual County Appraisal Districts. The Counties included in the analysis are: Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller County.
Urban Forestry tool helps users to assess urban forests (land cover and tree canopy) in areas and to develop urban forestry planning projects that identify and prioritize urban forestry conservation and restoration efforts.
3D Property Value Viewer represents aggregated property values in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller County using a hexagonal grid system (1 hexagon=0.14 square miles). The property values are derived from individual County Appraisal Districts. You can navigate the map by zooming, panning, and rotating; select a bookmark; choose specific layers to view; print view in PDF/image formats; search for objects and attributes; and view additional information about the map.
The Basin Summary Report (BSR) is produced every five years and outlines water quality issues within H-GAC’s five basins. Visit the 2016 Basin Summary Report website for more information.
Blue Map has a new name, ACE (Activity-Connectivity Explorer). ACE is a mapping application to identify existing activity center(s) based on density and connectivity index using a hexagonal grid system. Visit the Livable Centers Tools website for more information.
Use the Demographic Data Explorer to view and analyse the region's demographic data for counties, tracts, places and block groups. Data in this app is from 2012-2016 American Community Survey. Visit the Census Data page for more information.
The 2017 profiles for all 13 counties in the region provide a demographic snapshot and build a baseline understanding from which local communities and H-GAC can gauge how the region has advanced the tenets of the Our Great Region 2040 plan.
This application shows location of Closed Landfill Inventory in H-GAC region. Visit the Closed Landfill Inventory website for more information.
The The Eco-Logical GIS application shows you the impacts of environmental resources in the region. Visit the Eco-Logical website or view the Eco Logical Overview video for more information.
This application is the interactive version of BIG report. Visit the BIG website for more information.
Livable Centers are walkable, mixed-use places that provide multimodal transportation options, improve environmental quality and promote economic development. Visit the Livable Centers website for more information.
H-GAC's Designing for Impact project seeks to create policy solutions and implementation tools that advance the use of Low Impact Development (LID) techniques to mitigate the negative impacts of coastal development within the Houston-Galveston area. Visit the Designing for Impact page for more information.
Use the OSSF Information System application to view onsite septic system facilities and unpermitted analysis for the region. Visit the On-Site Sewage Facilities page for more information.
The Regional Bikeway Viewer is an interactive map of existing and planned bikeways in the Houston-Galveston region.
The app displays and analyzes Origin-Destination tables (total trips, work/non-work trips, and A.M. trips) using various geographic boundaries including TAZ, 3-square mile hexagon grids, 51, Sectors, 25 Regional Sectors, and 8 Counties.
Use the Regional Land Use Information application to view and query current and forecasted land use for the H-GAC region. Visit the Regional Growth Forecast page for more information.
Visit Riparian Buffer website to learn more about your watershed, compare your watershed with others in the region, visualize what a buffer will look like on your property, calculate cost estimates, and find agency contact information for your area. View the Riparian buffer Planning Tool for more information.
View recycle centers and landfill information within our 13 county region with the Solid Waste Facilities application. Visit the Solid Waste Management website for more information.
Use the Water Resources Information Map to locate Monitoring Stations and access Water Quality Data for the region. View the Water Resources Program website for more information.
Use this interactive tool to view latest 5-Year American Community Survey data for counties, cities and census tracts in H-GAC region. Visit the Census Data page for more information.
Have you ever wondered what zip code most people work in within the Houston-Galveston region, or what county most workers live in and commute from?
These interactive applications visualize workers' commuting patterns between home and workplace in different geographic levels in the region. The data is based on 2015 US Census Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Origin-Destination Employment Statistics data.
The Connectivity Tool is a sketch planning tool that helps answer the question of what level of road connectivity is needed at various levels of density in order to maintain transportation levels of services. The tool provides the user with the road spacing or land miles needed. A second application within the tool allows the user to analyze how much the addition of parallel collectors would reduce traffic on the arterial. The user’s guide for the tool also contains recommendations to improve development connectivity.
The Fiscal Impact Model is a tool that allows local governments to estimate potential revenues and economic impact associated with creating Livable Centers. Inputs include tax rates and use types (residential, commercial, etc) and outputs potential fiscal revenues for the local government stemming from the inputted project. The user’s guide for the fiscal impact model also contains recommendations for overcoming fiscal implementation obstacles to creating centers.
The Livable Centers Benefits Calculator is a sketch planning tool that demonstrates the potential benefits, as measured by mode shift, which could occur from the presence of centers in a region. The tool demonstrates the potential impact of centers of varying sizes and densities on mode share. Please view the user's guide.
H-GAC's Regional Growth Forecast Report is an interactive application that summarizes changes in Households, Household Population and Jobs for different geographic levels (Counties, Regional Sector 10, Regional Sector 25 and Places) based on H-GAC's 2017 annual regional growth forecast.
Regional Population Growth Trends (1980-2040) is an interactive application that summarizes household population changes between 1980 and 2040 by different geographic levels including ring, quadrant, directional, and 25 sectors using Census (1980, 1990, 2000, 2010) and H-GAC's 2017 annual regional growth forecast (2011-2040).
The Land Cover Change Application summaries the trend how much and what land cover types has been changed between 1996 and 2011 within H-GAC region based on National Land Cover Data (NLCD). It allows search by counties and do direct comparison between 1996 and 2011 change by type of land cover. Visit the Land Cover Data page for more information.
On The Map is a web-based mapping and reporting application that shows where workers are employed and where they live. It also provides companion reports on age, earnings, industry distributions, race, ethnicity, educational attainment, and sex. Visit the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics website for more information.
QWI Explorer is a new, web-based analysis tool that enables comprehensive access to the full depth and breadth of the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset. Through charts, maps, and interactive tables, users can compare, rank and aggregate QWIs across time, geography, and/or firm and worker characteristics on the fly. Visit the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics website for more information.
A fast simple way to calculate whether a county, region or neighborhood may meet grant thresholds for unemployment and income. Just select county or tract and the tool will create regions or neighborhoods based on your choices.
Type in the name of a city or town to view a profile using the latest 5-year estimates from the American Community Survey, with state comparisons.
Compare and contrast your county to others nationwide. The linked ranks provide a unique way to see counties and states when compared to everywhere else in the nation.
The Census Business Builder is a suite of services that provides selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format.
The most comprehensive website and visualization engine of public US Government data.
Make new discoveries about your neighborhood with Census Explorer, the U.S. Census Bureau’s interactive map series.
The One Stop Demographic Data Analysis Tool is designed to give TxDOT personnel, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) and other transportation professionals a quick and easy way to access and report general demographic information.
Census Reporter will simplify finding and using data from the decennial census and the American Community Survey.