Published Dec 08, 2022 by Brina Morales
A new report is reinforcing why Houston is a great global city after it ranked No. 42 globally, beating Dallas and Austin, and ranked No. 1 in Texas.
Resonance Consulting recently released its 2023 World’s Best Cities Report, ranking the top 100 cities with metro populations of more than one million based on a city’s performance across 24 areas, including education, quality of life, infrastructure and investment.
According to the report, Houston is described as “…America’s stealthy powerhouse on the rise,” citing its educated, diverse and hard-working population.
“In the past year, immigration both domestic and international has swelled the metro population almost seven million—an increase of almost 300,000. And the people arriving are more educated and more international than before the pandemic. Houston today is one of America’s most ethnically diverse big cities, with more than 145 languages spoken at home, according to the latest census—about even with New York.”
That diverse population allows Houston to serve up an ethnically dynamic food scene, another attribute the report recognized. In 2022, the greater Houston area received 10 semifinalist nominations for the James Beard Awards, commonly known as the “Oscars of the food world.”
Railway Heights, POST Houston, Chivos, Casa Nomad and Urbe were highlighted in the report, noting that “few cities anywhere do Mexican better than Houston.”
According to Houston Facts 2022, the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area was home to more than 11,000 food service and drinking establishments at the end of 2021 with more than 80 categories of cuisine.
The report also states that Houston has a top 10 global GDP per Capita finish and “has been among the top five Googled cities over the past year.” In 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated the Houston MSA’s GDP at $488.2 billion. Twenty-four companies are headquartered in Houston, making it home to the largest concentration of Fortune 500s in Texas.
Austin landed at No. 43 globally and Dallas ranked No. 47. Kyiv, Ukraine received the 2023 Honorary World’s Best City title with London ranking No. 1 globally.
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