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Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the nation. The metropolitan area’s population is also the sixth largest among the United States Metropolitan Statistical areas. Houston is the seat of Harris County, and the economic center of the Houston-Sugarland-Baytown. The city remains the largest, unzoned city in the country, and is huge in both population and land area.


Rated as a Global City, Houston’s economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. A burgeoning port and railroad industry combined with oil discovery has induced continual surges in the city’s population. Houston is home of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest concentration of health care and research institutions, and NASA’s Johnston Space Center, where the mission control center is located. The economy is also leading in health care sectors and building oilfield equipment. Houston is recognized worldwide for its energy industry, particularly oil and natural gas, as well as biomedical research and aeronautics. The Port of Houston is ranked first in the United States in international commerce, and is the tenth largest port in the world. This plays a large part of Houston’s economic base. Houston is also home to many Fortune 500 companies. In fact, only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 companies than Houston. With success in so many different industries, Houston’s economy is one of the best in the world. Only 21 countries outside of the United States have a gross domestic product exceeding Houston’s regional gross area product. Because of this, Houston is the recipient of many recognitions and awards. Forbes Magazine ranked Houston as the first city in Texas and the third city in the United States within the category of “Best Places for Business and Careers.” Forbes also rated Houston number one on the “Best Cities for College Graduates,” and in 2010 Forbes ranked Houston as the best city for shopping. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance awarded Houston a top ranking on their “Best Cities of 2008” list as well.


Houston’s population consists of various ethnic and religious backgrounds and is a large and growing international community. It remains a multi cultural city in part because of the many academic institutions, strong industries, and being a major port city. Because of its diversity, Houston is home to many cultural exhibitions and museums inside the Museum District downtown. There are also many annual events that celebrate diverse cultures, such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest annual Livestock Show and Rodeo in the world. Houston also hosts a Greek Festival, Houston’s Auto Show, and the Bayou City Art Festival, one of the top five art festivals in the world. Houston’s Theater District offers residents and tourists an active visual and performing arts scene as well, with year-round resident companies in all major performing arts, making Houston one of the few United State’s cities with permanent, professional, resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines, including the opera, ballet, music, and theater. Within the Theater District, there are nine major performing arts organizations and six performance halls. Houston is also home to folk artists, art groups, and various small progressive arts organizations. The city attracts many touring Broadway acts, concerts, shows, and exhibitions for a variety of interests. Houston also has outstanding dining options, and is widely considered the most restaurant-oriented city in the United States. With plenty of entertainment, world-class shopping, a vibrant nightlife, fine dining, and an active art community, there is something for everyone to do in Houston.


Out of the ten most populous cities in the United States, Houston has the most total area of parks and green spaces, including the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, a public skate park, water parks, the Houston Zoo, and the Museum of Natural Science. Home to 337 parks, outdoor recreation is abundant in Houston. Houstonians can walk along the many nature trails, bike on the bike paths, swim, play sports, and more at the different parks throughout the city. With so many paths and trails, Walk Score rated Houston as the 23rd most walkable city in the United States.


Seventeen school districts serve the Houston community with the Houston Independent School District being the largest. The Houston Independent School District is the seventh largest school district in the United States, and includes 112 campuses that serve as magnet or vanguard schools, charter schools, and public schools for all grade levels. Houston is also home to over 300 private schools and four distinct state universities, including Rice University, one of the best universities in the country.


Market Trend

 
Median Household Income: $36,616 $44,512
Single Males: 17.7% 14.6%
Single Females: 14.5% 12.5%
Median Age: 32 36
Homes With Kids: 31.5% 31.4%
Average Household Size: 2.68 2.59
Average Commute Time (Minutes): 28.58 26.38
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