Rankings & Accolades

Houston receives national and international acclaim from a variety of sources for our vibrant business climate and quality of life. Below are some of the most recent accolades.

Key Rankings & Accolades
Texas Business Climate
#1
Commercial Real Estate Development

NAIOP Commercial  Real Estate Development Association 2018

#1
Best State for Women Entrepreneurs

WalletHub 2019

#1
Job Creation by Foreign Direct Investment

IBM Global Location Report 2018

#1
Growth Prospects

Forbes 2018

#1
State for Business, 14 Consecutive Years

Chief Executive Magazine 2018

Key Rankings & Accolades
Houston Business Climate
#1
Metro Economic Growth Potential

Business Facilities Magazine 2018

#1
Nation's Best Cities for Millennials

The Langston Co. 2019

#1
Most Diverse Cities in the U.S.

WalletHub 2019

#1
Top Metros Where Young Adults are Moving

The Brookings Institution 2019

#1
Best Energy- and Resource-Based Think Tanks in the World

Rice University, Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2019

#1
Top Metro for Economic Growth Potential

Business Facilities Magazine 2018

#1
Best City for Expats

InterNations 2018

#1
Top Metro for Construction Job Growth (December 2017-December 2018)

Associated General Contractors of America 2019

#2
Best U.S. Metro Areas fort STEM Workers

American Enterprise Institute’s Housing Center 2019

#2
Top Emerging Life Sciences Cluster

CBRE 2019

Key Rankings & Accolades
Global Talent
32.4%
Houstonians With a College Degree, Higher than U.S. and Texas

American Community Survey 2017, Most Current Data Available July 2019

3.2 Million
Number of Workers in Metro Houston by Year-End 2019
#2
Cost of Living in Top 10 U.S. Cities Hiring for Jobs

Refinery29 2018

#2
Cost of Living: Cities Where Paychecks Go Far

Center for Opportunity Urbanism 2018

#2
Top Housing Markets

Metro Study 2019

#2
Least Expensive Real Estate Markets

Property Shark 2018

#3
15 Best Big Cities for New Grads

OnlineDegrees.com 2019

#4
Best Cities for Women in Tech

Smart Asset 2019

#5
Cities of the Future in North America

fDI Intelligence 2019

#5
Top 10 Ecosystems With Largest Share of Female Founders

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2019

Key Rankings & Accolades
Quality of Life
25.8%
Cost of Living Below Top 20 U.S. Metro's Average

Council for Community and Economic Research 2019

19 Musuems
Houston Museum District

Divided Into Four Walkable Zones, Greater Houston Partnership 2018

>500
Institutions Devoted to the Performing and Visual Arts, Science and History

Greater Houston Partnership 2018

40.6%
Downtown Employees Use Transit, Shared Ride, Walk or Bike to Work
#1
Best Hospitals in America

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, U.S. News & World Report 2019

#2
Top Cities to Go and Eat

Food & Wine 2019

#2
America's Favorite Cities: Big Cities

Food + Leisure 2019

$244,000
Median Home Sales Price
Key Rankings & Accolades
Global Destination
$120.7 Billion
Top U.S. Exporting Metro

International Trade Administration

59.3 Million
Passengers Handled by Houston Airport System

12-Months Ending AUGUST 2019, Houston Airport System

90
International Consulates

third-largest consular corps in U.S. 2019  

220
International Trading Partner Countries

WISER trade & U.S. Census bureau, foreign trade divisioN 2018

#1
Best Seaport in North America

Asia cargo news 2018

#1
Largest U.S. State Transportation Network

Markets Insider 2019

#4
Alpha, Beta and Gamma Cities

Globalization and World Rankings Research Institute 2019