Why Houston:
The Facts

Presented by Geraldine Vasek

Location & Size

Just 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, we’re the biggest City in Texas

Bigger is Better

The fourth largest city in the U.S.
So large that it can hold 6 American cities within its borders.


Houston is the most diverse city in the U.S. with one of the youngest populations & no ethnic majority. Here, 1 of 4 residents is foreign born.


4th largest U.S. economy and 23rd largest economy in the world

The Move is Easy

Last year, the city 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.

Big Business

Houston has the 3rd most Fortune 500 companies in the US.

Health Care

Houston has one of the largest medical centers in the world and is home to the #1 Cancer research centers in the U.S. The scientific research that takes place here changes lives all over the world.

Oil & Gas

Houston is where business thrives. We are the energy capital of the world and are one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the world.


We are a center for innovation. We are one of the top cities in the country for S.T.E.M. industry graduates.

Shipping Central

The port of Houston is considered the number #1 port export in the U.S. and our airports dispatch more than 190 daily non stop flights.

Global Manufacturing

We are a global manufacturing  HUB for the Americas. We provide global access for people and products coming in and out of the U.S.

Foodies Unite

Houston is home over 10,000 restaurants serving local and global cuisines.

Tax Heaven

Texas is one of the few states without a personal, state or corporate income tax, which makes the cost of doing business very competitive.


We have the lowest cost of living in the United States. There are neighborhoods that suit every budget and every lifestyle.

Geraldine Vasek

Houston Strong 2019

Compiled with info from houston.gov

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