Rice sociologist to release results from 31st annual Kinder Houston Area Survey

Amy Hodges

HOUSTON – (April 18, 2012) – Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg will release findings next week from the 2012 Kinder Houston Area Survey, the 31st annual study that covers such topics as Houston’s current economic outlook, quality-of-life considerations and demographic transformations.

Klineberg will discuss highlights from the survey during a luncheon hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research at noon April 24 at the Westin Galleria Ballroom, 5060 West Alabama St. 

Who: Stephen Klineberg, co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology.

What: Results of the Kinder Houston Area Survey and the trends seen in the 31 years since the annual survey began. Topics include Houstonians’ views on job opportunities, their fiscal health, the American economy, local traffic, air pollution, the new interest in walkable urbanism, ethnic diversity, illegal immigrants, gay rights and public education, among others.

When: Tuesday, April 24, noon luncheon, followed by a 2 p.m. media session.

Where: Ballroom (luncheon) and Sage Room (media session), Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 West Alabama St.

Members of the news media who want to speak to Klineberg about the 2012 Kinder Houston Area Survey should attend the 2 p.m. April 24 media session and RSVP to Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at amy.hodges@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.


The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University was launched in 2010 to advance the understanding of the most critical issues facing Houston and other leading urban centers. The institute conducts scientific research, supports educational programming and engages in public outreach to foster the development of more human and sustainable cities. Learn more about the Kinder Institute at www.kinder.rice.edu.

About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.