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Houston's Top Rankings
Published on 12/6/23

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#1 BEST PLACE FOR FOREIGN BUSINESS
Financial Times – Nov 2023
Houston has claimed the top spot as the best U.S. city for foreign multinationals to do business, surpassing Miami, after rising four spots in the second annual ranking compiled by the Financial Times and Nikkei, known as the FT-Nikkei Investing in American Ranking.

#4 LOWEST COST OF LIVING AMONG TOP METROS
C2ER – Nov 2023
Houston ranks fourth for the lowest living costs among the most populous U.S. metro areas, with costs 4.7 percent below the nationwide average of all metros, and 28.0 percent below the average of the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas, according to analysis of data from C2ER Cost of Living Index 2023 Q3.

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#1

HIGHEST STANDARD OF LIVING FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES (AMONG 50 LARGEST US COMMUTING ZONES)
Stanford Institute for Economic Research (via InnovationMap) – Jan 2022

LOWEST CARBON FOOTPRINT
Park Sleep Fly (blog) (via InnovationMap) – Aug 2022

NO. 1 DESTINATION FOR MILLENNIALS TO MOVE FROM AUSTIN    
Harvard University (via InnovationMap) – Aug-22

BEST GRADUATE PROGRAMS FOR ENTREPRENEURS – JONES GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS     
The Princeton Review (via InnovationMap) – Nov. 16, 2022

BEST UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS FOR ENTREPRENEURS – C.T. BAUER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS    
The Princeton Review (via InnovationMap) – Nov. 16, 2022

TOP CITY FOR STOCK MARKET PERFORMANCE
CNBC (via The Houston Chronicle) – Dec 2022

50 BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN THE U.S. – THE WOODLANDS
Niche (via Travel+Leisure) – Dec 2022

BEST CITIES TO BUY A HOUSE IN THE U.S. – THE WOODLANDS
Niche (via Hello Woodlands) – Mar 2023

MOST POPULAR CITY IN TEXAS FOR OVERSEAS TOURISTS
TripstoDiscover.com (via FOX 26 Houston) – Mar 23

MOST ACTIVE PLACES FOR REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENTS (2013 TO 2022)    
StorageCafe (via Houston Chronicle) – May 2023

NO. 1 RELOCATION DESTINATION IN US (2022)
Penske Truck Rental  (via Houston Chronicle) – April 2023

TOP TEXAS MARKET FOR LIFE SCIENCE TALENT (2023)
CBRE (via Houston Business Journal) – Jun 2023

BEST FAIR/RODEO OF THE YEAR – HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO
Academy of Country Music (via Houston Chronicle) – Jun 2023

EMERGING NORTH AMERICAN STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS
Startup Genome (via InnovationMap) – June 2023

#2

FASTEST GROWING U.S. METRO
U.S. Census Bureau – May 2023

PLACE IN TEXAS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS- GALVESTON COUNTY    
Smart Asset (via InnovationMap) – Dec 2022

U.S. METRO HOME TO FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES
Fortune (via Houston Chronicle) – June 2023 

#3

MOST BANG FOR THE BUCK FOR NEW HOMES    
Homebay.com (via Culture Map) – Aug 2022

BEST U.S. CITIES FOR BIRDWATCHING (2023)
Lawn Love (via CultureMap) – Jun 2023

HOTTEST SHORT-TERM RENTAL CITIES IN THE U.S. (2023)
AirDNA (via Houston Chronicle) – June 2023

#4

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT'S 2022 BEST ONLINE PROGRAMS MBA RANKINGS- RICE UNIVERSITY    
The Princeton Review—May 2023

METROS WITH DOG OWNERSHIP    
Axios Houston – Oct 2022

MOST DIVERSE CITIES IN THE U.S.
WalletHub – April 2023

BEST U.S. CITIES – RESTAURANTS
Resonance Consultancy (via The Houston Business Journal) – Jun 2023

#5

BEST FOOD CITY IN THE U.S.
Travel + Leisure (via Houston Chronicle) – March 2023

MOST AMBITIOUS CITIES IN THE U.S.
Go.Verizon.com – Sept 2022

BEST CITY FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT    
Axios Houston – Oct 2022

BEST CITIES FOR VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS     
InnovationMap – Oct 2022

U.S. CITIES WITH MOST MILLIONAIRES
New World Wealth and Henley & Partners (via The Houston Chronicle) – Feb 2023

BEST BARBECUE CITIES IN THE US (2023)
LawnStarter (via San Antonio Current) – Jun 2023 

#6

TOP GEEKIEST CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES (2022)    
Lawn Love – July 2022

BEST IN TEXAS TO HIRE REMOTE SOFTWARE ENGINEERS    
Karat (via The Houston Business Journal) – Dec 2022

LARGE METROS WITH THE MOST MINORITIES IN GOVERNMENT    
Home and Harpers (via The Houston Business Journal) – Jan 2023

MOST VALUABLE SPORTS CITY    
OLBG (via Houston Business Journal) – April 2023

#7

BEST COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES IN THE U.S. – RICE UNIVERSITY
WalletHub—Oct 2022

#8

LARGEST METRO WITH THE MOST NEW BUSINESS APPLICATIONS    
Self Financial (via The Houston Business Journal)—Feb 2022

BEST CITY FOR CHILD-FRIENDLY VACATIONS
Lawn Love (via FOX 26 Houston) – Jan 2023

#9

BEST U.S. CITIES
Resonance Consultancy (via The Houston Business Journal) – Jun 2023

BEST CITY PARKS – HERMANN PARK 
USA Today – Feb 2023

#10    

TOP 10 LIFE SCIENCES MARKETS IN THE U.S.    
Commercial Café (via InnovationMap)—July 2022

TOP METRO AREAS FOR HOUSING GROWTH AND STABILITY
Smart Asset (via Houston Chronicle) – Apr 2023

 

Prepared by Greater Houston Partnership Research

Margaret Barrientos
Research Analyst
mbarrientos@houston.org

 

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