Houston consistently ranks among the most affordable big cities in the nation across a number of dimensions, including housing. The lack of state income tax also makes living in the Bayou City attractive.
Of all the things that make living in Houston so enjoyable, high on the list are the city and county parks as well as the region's other vast greenspaces.
Houston is a major-league sports town where fans can cheer for a variety of professional, semi-pro, and collegiate teams year-round.
Houston has once again climbed the rankings of this year's list of America's Best Cities to No. 9 from No. 11 last year, drawing praise for its culture, diversity, restaurant scene and number of Fortune 500 headquarters.
Fortune 500 company Hewlett Packard Enterprise opened its new Spring-area headquarters early in the year, motorists were using new tunnels beneath land bridges reconnecting Memorial Park by spring, and the University of Houston opened its $80 million College of Medicine building over the summer.
Texas has once again solidified its position as the leading state with the most Fortune 500 headquarters, while Houston continues to spearhead the largest concentration of these corporate powerhouses in the state.
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.
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.
Getting to and around Houston is made easier through public transit and the region's system of highways, transit centers and other transportation options. Learn more about METRO's services as well as major roadways and more that will help you navigate the nation's fourth-largest city.
For over 30 years, the James Beard Foundation has celebrated chefs who demonstrate food excellence through their prestigious awards, which are commonly referred to as the “Oscars of the food world.”
Through its uniquely diverse culture, innovative developments and vibrant communities, Houston has no shortage of exciting places to see and experience.
As a city that's home to a diverse array of nightlife, Houston offers residents and visitors a wide variety of options to explore. Those who prefer handcrafted cocktails, wine or beer have a lot of exciting options to choose from.
Houston has emerged as the ultimate destination for new graduates, offering a compelling combination of low living costs, consistent growth, and a robust economy.
It's not every day that a 150-acre site gets redeveloped within a stone's throw of Downtown Houston. But that's just what's in store for an expansive tract hugging the north bank of Buffalo Bayou east of the Central Business District where one of the region’s largest mixed-use projects is set to rise.
Houston is known internationally as a mecca for both performing and visual arts. "Newstonians" and visitors alike know to head to the Downtown Theater District and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for amazing art experiences, but many do not realize just how deep art runs within the city’s culture.