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
Commercial Real Estate Development

NAIOP Commercial  Real Estate Development Association 2018

Best State for Women Entrepreneurs

WalletHub 2019

Job Creation by Foreign Direct Investment

IBM Global Location Report 2018

Growth Prospects

Forbes 2018

State for Business, 14 Consecutive Years

Chief Executive Magazine 2018

Key Rankings & Accolades
Houston Business Climate
Nation's Best Cities for Millennials

The Langston Co. 2019

Most Diverse Cities in the U.S.

WalletHub 2019

Top Metros Where Young Adults are Moving

The Brookings Institution 2019

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

Rice University, Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2019

Best City for Expats

InterNations 2018

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

Associated General Contractors of America 2019

Best Markets to Purchase Multifamily Assets

Tex-X 2019

Best U.S. Metro Areas for STEM Workers

American Enterprise Institute’s Housing Center 2019

Top Emerging Life Sciences Cluster
Top U.S. Metros for Job Growth (October 2018-October 2019)

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019

Metros With Most Corporate Headquarters

Business Facilties Magazine 2019

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

American Community Survey 2017, Most Current Data Available July 2019

3.0 Million
Number of Workers in Metro Houston (March 2021)
Number of New Jobs

in 12 Months Ending decEMBER 2019, Texas Workforce Commission (REVISED MARCH 2020)

Cost of Living in Top 10 U.S. Cities Hiring for Jobs

Refinery29 2018

Cost of Living: Cities Where Paychecks Go Far

Center for Opportunity Urbanism 2018

Top Housing Markets

Metro Study 2019

Least Expensive Real Estate Markets

Property Shark 2018

15 Best Big Cities for New Grads

OnlineDegrees.com 2019

Best Cities for Women in Tech

Smart Asset 2019

Cities of the Future in North America

fDI Intelligence 2019

Top 10 Ecosystems With Largest Share of Female Founders

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2019

Key Rankings & Accolades
Quality of Life
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 2019

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

Greater Houston Partnership 2018

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

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

Top Cities to Go and Eat

Food & Wine 2019

America's Favorite Cities: Big Cities

Food + Leisure 2019

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

International Trade Administration

33.3 Million
Passengers Handled by Houston Airport System
International Consulates

third-largest consular corps in U.S. 2019  

International Trading Partner Countries

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

2020 Airport of the Year, George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Transportation Security Administration, December 2020

Best Seaport in North America

Asia cargo news 2018

Largest U.S. State Transportation Network

Markets Insider 2019

Alpha, Beta and Gamma Cities

Globalization and World Rankings Research Institute 2019

The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2020

Harper’s Bazaar Magazine 2019