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Houston: What You Need to Know

Houston has one of the youngest, fastest growing and most diverse populations anywhere in the world. People come here for our food, our culture, our energy and much more. Here are a few things you should know about the Culinary and Cultural Capital of the South!

Houston is the most diverse city in America.

  • This is far from a one-size fits all city. Houston is a great mix of ideas, people, culture and industries. Indeed, Houston is the future of America.
  • 1-in-4 residents of Houston are foreign born.
  • More than 145 languages are spoken within the Houston city limits.

Houston is fun and affordable.

  • Houston is America's fastest growing region, attracting nearly three-quarters of a million people since 2010.
  • Houston's food scene ranks among the top five in the country according to the Washington Post.
  • There are more than 10,000 restaurants in Houston, representing more than 70 types of cuisine from around the world.
  • Houston is one of only a handful of cities with resident companies in the major performing arts, from drama to musical theater.
  • Hotwire.com ranks Houston as one of the most affordable destinations in the country.
  • There are more than 345 miles of hike and bike trails in Houston.
  • Houston is No. 1 in total park acreage among the top 10 U.S. metros.

If you work hard and dream big, anything is possible in Houston.

  • Houston has a can do spirit unlike anywhere else. This city is built upon achievement and doing things well. The harder you work, the better you will do. You can succeed in Houston.
  • The Kaufmann Foundation ranked Houston No. 7 in its annual index of startup activity, an indication that a growing number of businesses are choosing to set up shop here.