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Welcome to Houston - America's Most Diverse City

Learn What It's Like to Live and Work in the Nation's 4th Largest City

Thinking about making Houston your home? You're not alone. Though a relatively young city compared with counterparts like Boston and New York, Houston is 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.

Here, you’ll find the perfect mix of Southern hospitality and urban sophistication; of hole-in the-wall hot spots and cutting-edge culinary prowess; of big business and unbreakable entrepreneurial spirit. The Bayou City also boasts a number of waterways and public parks, making it a verdant hub for those who wish to live an active lifestyle.

Explore this section to learn about the places, people and amenities that make Houston a truly global mecca. 

I’ve lived in South Korea, a couple of states on the East Coast, Central California and the Bay Area before moving here. Houston has so many representations of different countries and ethnic groups that are on par or greater than other big cities.
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Houston: Nation's Most Diverse City

Houston has long been considered one of the youngest, fastest-growing, and most diverse cities in the nation— one with no ethnic majority, where nearly one-in-four residents are foreign-born and more than 145 languages are spoken. A number of reports and analyses in recent years have named Houston among the most diverse cities in the U.S., often putting the Bayou City in the top spot. 

A true cultural mosaic, Houston boasts restaurants, shops, neighborhoods and festivals that reflect its many global influences. 

Why Choose Houston?

Cost of Living

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.

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Parks & Outdoors

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.

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Sports & Recreation

Houston is a major-league sports town where fans can cheer for a variety of professional, semi-pro, and collegiate teams year-round.

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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.

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Use the Houston Association of Realtor's website to purchase or rent a home in the region. 

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A Culinary and Cultural Capital

While affordability and job opportunities help draw folks to Houston, it's often the culture and the food that keeps them here! 

The city is home to one of the largest collections of top-rated museums in the nation, centered around the 19 institutions in the Houston Museum District. There you'll find the sprawling campus of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and its collection of more than 70,000 works of art as well as the Houston Museum of Natural Science with its expansive paleontology hall and large collection of Egyptian mummies. 

Head downtown to the Theater District for performances from the city's five resident performing arts companies as well as a never-ending array of Broadway and other traveling shows. 

For foodies and those looking for a bit of nightlife, Houston's more than 11,000 establishments do not disappoint. Dig in to dim sum and pho in Chinatown or experience the flavors of India and South Asia in the Mahatma Ghandi District. James Beard Award-winning chefs await at acclaimed bistros in Montrose and Uptown while seafood abounds at the coastal eateries dotting the Clear Lake area. Craft cocktail bars, pubs and dance clubs are sprinkled across neighborhoods from Midtown to Memorial. 

Recent News

Houston Climbs to No. 9 in New Ranking of Best Cities in America

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.

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Projects to Look Forward to in 2023 and Beyond

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.

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Texas and Houston Maintain Their Leadership in Fortune 500 Headquarters

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.

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Education

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.

Health Care

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.

Transportation

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.

What You Need to Know

Houston Chef Brings Home Houston’s Eighth James Beard Award

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.”

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5 Houston Hotspots to Visit this Summer

Through its uniquely diverse culture, innovative developments and vibrant communities, Houston has no shortage of exciting places to see and experience.

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6 Bars Transforming Houston's Nightlife

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.

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Houston Takes Top Spot for Highest Adjusted Salaries for New Grads

Houston has emerged as the ultimate destination for new graduates, offering a compelling combination of low living costs, consistent growth, and a robust economy.

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Massive Waterfront Development East River to Take Shape

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.

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Houston's Must See Under the Radar Art Experiences

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.

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