Welcome to the web site of the Houston Area Survey (HAS),
now completing its twenty-third year of systematic survey research.
The site is continually being updated to incorporate the most recent
reports and the findings from the latest survey, conducted in the
early spring of each year.
Click here for a brief description of the purpose and methodology of this
Click here (All Survey Questions) for a compilation of all the questions
that have ever been asked in the Houston surveys across the 23 years
(1982-2004), along with the distribution of responses obtained from the
successive representative samples of Harris County residents. The items are
presented in their exact wording, with an indication (in parentheses) of the
year(s) when the question was asked. Clicking on the variable name associated
with the question will give the distribution of responses in each of the survey
years when the item was included.
Click here (Current PowerPoint) to download the most recent PowerPoint
presentation, which depicts some of the important trends the surveys have
Click here (Research Reports) for an executive summary of the 1996 report
that described the first-ever survey of Houston’s Asian communities, and for a
downloadable pdf file containing the 32-page published manuscript on the
expanded 2002 survey, which also focused on the experiences and perceptions of
Houston’s four major ethnic communities. The newest report, summarizing the most
important changes in public perceptions that have occurred across the 23 years
of Houston surveys, is in preparation and is expected to be released in the fall
Click here (Other Publications) for an updated list of additional articles,
book chapters, reports, and manuscripts that have presented the survey findings
and are available on request.
Click here (Research Opportunities) to learn about two programs associated
with the Houston Area Survey: (a) the regular two-year HAS post-doctoral
research fellowship in the sociology department at Rice University, and (b) the
“HAS Summer Fellowships,” which offer stipends to encourage and support graduate
student research using data from the Houston surveys.
Click here (Contributing Sponsors) for a list of the organizations and
individuals whose vision and generosity have made this research possible.
Click here (Contact) to contact Stephen L.
Klineberg, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at Rice University and the
founding-director of the Houston Area Survey. This is the place to go for
further information about the surveys, to order copies of any of the HAS
publications, or for the SPSS data files themselves.