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Welcome to Houston - America's Most Diverse City and the Southern Capital of Cool

The most diverse big city in the nation is also one of the most affordable.

Though a relatively young city compared with counterparts like Boston, New York and Los Angeles, Houston is the one of the fastest growing big cities in the country. Ranked fourth in the U.S. by total population, Houston is luring more residents from around the globe drawn by its mix of cultural amenities, world-class restaurants, diverse communities and a low cost of living. Aided by the absence of city or state income tax and affordable housing prices, Houston's cost of living is far below the national average.  

Houston is a great deal and an ever-growing population is discovering the secret. Last year, Houston ranked No. 1 on U-Haul's list of U.S. destination cities for the ninth consecutive year with a 5% year-over-year increase in one-way moves. It's just one measure of Houston's increasing popularity as a place to live. 

27.4%

Houston's living costs are 27.4% below the top 20 metro average

Houston Rankings

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Transportation

From light rail to one of the nation's most advanced bus systems, discover how metro area residents move around the Houston region.

Sports & Outdoors

With four major league sports teams, an abundance of bike and jogging trails and some of largest urban parks in the nation, Houston is a great place to experience the outdoors.

Houston is a culturally and intellectually vibrant city due in large part to the many young people who move here every year. This generates a large and consistent influx of new ideas.
7.0 million

Metro Houston's Population in '18

Houston offers a spectrum of affordable living options to suit every lifestyle.

Once you decide Houston's for you, the real fun begins. You'll discover an extraordinarily large number of choices when it comes to housing, from trendy Downtown lofts to family-friendly suburban enclaves and near-town bungalows to master-planned communities. You can choose from a wealth of living options in every style, location and price range.

Houston offers the perfect mix of Southern hospitality and urban sophistication.

1.5 million

Number of Houstonians 25 years or older with a bachelor degree

Houston is bursting year-round with culture, energy, and dynamic attractions.

Because Houston opens its arms to all newcomers, the city is home to an amazingly diverse, international population. In fact, one in four city residents was born abroad and more than 145 different languages are spoken here. A true cultural mosaic, Houston boasts restaurants, shops, neighborhoods and festivals that reflect its many global influences. 

Dining & Shopping

Houston is a food lovers paradise with more than 10,000 restaurants and dining establishments representing a multitude of cuisines. The city is also home to a wide array of shopping options, from the high-end boutiques of the River Oaks District to the eclectic shops of Rice Village and the Heights.

Arts & Culture

Houston is one of only a handful of cities in the country with resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines including opera, drama, musical theater, symphony and ballet. There are also 19 different arts and cultural institutions that make up the walkable Museum District, including the world-renowned Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Menil Collection.

Entertainment & Festivals

From cultural festivals and parades to outdoor concerts and theatrical performances, there is something happening virtually every weekend in the Bayou City. This is a town that knows how to have a good time.

Houston is one of the best food cities in the country, with amazing arts, great music and some of the nicest and most caring people you will meet anywhere.
HISD is the seventh-largest public school system in the nation.

As you would expect in a city the size of Houston, educational opportunities and options are abundant and varied. Within the nine-county region there are more than 60 school districts, roughly 50 state-approved charter schools and almost 200 private schools. More than 215,000 students are enrolled each year in HISD schools. 

#1

Top City for Minority Entrepreneurs 

World-renowned hospitals and expert health care providers make Houston a leader in medicine.

Home to the largest medical complex in the world, Houston is the leader in medical treatment and research.

From the internationally recognized Texas Medical Center south of downtown to the numerous community hospitals in outlying areas, Houston is home to medical facilities and expertise that are second to none. The city's hospitals are routinely ranked among the top in the nation, and many of Houston's doctors and surgeons are considered number one in their fields. 

1,076,897

Residents added to Metro Houston's population between '10 and '18

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