Nicknamed “The Bayou City” because of the gentle waterways that run around and through it, Houston is a culturally diverse cosmopolitan powerhouse that seems to somehow radiate small-town charm. With thousands of acres of public parks and green spaces, museum and theater districts that rival anything to be found on the east or west coasts, and one of the most vibrant entertainment and sports communities in the country, Houston truly is a place that has something for everyone. Home to about 2.3 million residents, with a greater metro area population of over 6.3 million people, Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. The city and surrounding area has a broad economic base and is the center of a diverse array of industries, including oil and gas, transportation, manufacturing, aerospace, medical, and biomedical research, which help to account for a gross domestic product approaching $500 billion annually – one of the largest GDPs of any metropolitan area in the world. Houston has a generally mild and pleasant year-round climate, which makes it perfect for those who love spending time in the great outdoors, as well as a large variety of kid- and family-friendly activities spread throughout the city. Whether you are looking for a great place to start or continue your career, raise a family, or enjoy entertainment, you really can’t do better than Houston.


Despite being the fourth most populated city in the United States, Houston provides a friendly and inviting atmosphere that is not normally found in such a sizable city. Houston’s large and diverse population makes it the perfect place to enjoy a great selection of ethnic foods or see what’s new in the art scene by visiting one of the many art galleries. Whatever type of lifestyle you choose, Houston offers it.

Outdoor Houston
Dining out in Houston
Festivals in Houston


Featuring trails, a golf course, picnic areas, McGovern Lake, and the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park is the perfect place for locals to take in all of the natural beauty that Houston has to offer. Plus, it’s easy to experience the excitement and competition of professional sports because the city is home to Major League Baseball’s Astros, the National Football League’s Texans, the National Basketball Association’s Rockets, and Major League Soccer’s Dynamo. Houston is home to many world-class art galleries and museums to visit. And, with over 10,000 restaurants featuring cuisine from all over the world, you can always find something to eat, no matter what you are in the mood for.

Houston’s Entertainment and Sports Scene
Family Fun Houston-style
Houston Art, Cultural, and History Museums


With the job market and population trending upward, and the unemployment levels near the national average, the Houston economy is on the upswing. There are 21 Fortune 500 companies located in Houston that provide jobs to thousands of residents. Ranked fifth lowest in the overall cost of living out of the nation’s 20 most populated metropolitan areas, Houston’s housing is very affordable and makes an average paycheck stretch farther than in most other cities. Houstonians get all of the benefits of a big city without the high costs that usually come with it.

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