Houston - A City With Energy!
Houston – the 4th largest city in the nation – is well known for its healthy economic climate and its warm hospitality. Recognized as the “energy capital of the world,” Houston is the global headquarter for 18 Fortune 500 companies and has ranked #1 in new business growth for three consecutive years thanks to a thriving and varied economy.
Around the world, Houston is renowned for its medical center, aerospace, oil and gas industries, international port, and its fresh architectural styles. Newcomers to Houston also are impressed with the balmy climate of the area, relatively low cost-of-living, proximity to the Gulf Cost beaches, and high energy and friendliness of its diverse citizens.
Houston is a dynamic city that puts a world of excitement at your very doorstep. With 70% of its 5 million people under the age of 45, there are thousands of enlightening and entertaining attractions and something for everyone, including symphonic strings to country twang, barbeque to fine cuisine, professional basketball, baseball, and football, and a full range of collegiate sports.
The multiple cultures represented in Houston’s population make the city a culinary haven with a wide variety of food options, and the close proximity to the Gulf Coast and temperate climate ensures that seafood and vegetables are almost as popular as steak. You can sample everything from the much loved Tex-Mex or traditional Mexican cuisine to BBQ, Southern and Cajun-inspired food to your favorite Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese or Thai meals. Continue to explore the tastes of Houston by visiting the numerous Ethiopian-, Indian- or Greek-inspired locations. There really is a restaurant for every taste in Houston!
When it comes to sports, Houston has it all:
- MLB — Astros (National League)
- NBA — Rockets (Western Conference)
- NFL — Texans (AFC, Southern Division)
- MLS — Dynamo
- AHL —Aeros
- WNBA — Comets
- IWFL — Energy
Sports viewing opportunities don’t end there as Reliant Stadium – the first retractable roof, natural grass stadium in the NFL – hosts major sporting events each year, including the 2011 and 2016 NCAA Final Four, 2011 Soccer Gold Cup semi-final match, 2010 MLS All Star Game, and Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Collegiate sports fans also won’t feel left out in Houston with the hometown teams of Rice University and the University of Houston. And, Big 12 fans can attend every home game of Texas A&M University or the University of Texas due to Houston’s close proximity to College Station and Austin.
Cost of Living
With the lowest housing costs of any major city – 34% below the national average – you can live larger for less. From chic downtown lofts to amenity-rich master-planned suburbs, you can finally afford your big dream home.
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One area often overlooked is Houston’s vibrant cultural and arts scene. From sold-out rock and pop-star concerts to a packed house at the Houston Grand Opera, Alley Theatre, or performance by the Houston Ballet, the variety of performing arts opportunities is endless. The 17-block downtown theatre district also is home to the largest African-American professional theatre company in the U.S.
Houston boasts a strong fine arts resume with 18 museums all located a short distance from each other in the “Museum District.” This area houses the Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Holocaust Museum, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Children’s Museum of Houston. Art galleries and folk art centers also can be found throughout the city.
Houston serves as a great jumping point for short- or long-weekend vacations or international retreats. It is located one-hour inland from the Gulf Coast beaches and a short three-hour drive from the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Houston’s two airports – George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport and William P. Hobby Airport – make flying domestically and internationally hassle free with over 170 direct flights, including all major domestic cities and many popular international destinations. The 25-mile long Port of Houston also serves as a convenient departure site for cruises in the Gulf of Mexico and to destinations in Mexico and Central America.
St. Luke’s in the Texas Medical Center
St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System’s flagship hospital — St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital — is located within the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Founded in 1945, TMC has prospered over the past 65 years and is now comprised of almost 50-member institutions, including SLEHS and other hospitals, health systems and specialty-medical institutions as well as medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy and public health schools. TMC is internationally recognized as a community for healing, education, and research, and, collectively, TMC-affiliated hospitals are represented in all 19 categories of adult care and 10 pediatric care specialties in the US News & World Report annual survey of America’s best hospitals.
Encompassing over 1,000 acres, TMC is larger than downtown Dallas and ranks as the 12th largest business district in the U.S. It averages 160,000 daily visitors, and the hospitals within TMC accounted for six million annual patient visits in 2010, including 18,000 international patients. More heart surgeries are performed annually on TMC grounds than anywhere else in the world.
TMC also contributes to the growth and strong economy of Houston and the region through an annual regional economic impact of $14 billion. It directly employs 93,500 people and is estimated to create an additional 121,500 jobs. It also is the home of the first and largest air ambulance program in the nation.
Texas Medical Center fact sheet ( PDF)