Houston is a vibrant, active, desirable city to live in and visit. While its economy has been built on energy, the city is an industrial, commercial, educational and financial center. Its diverse economy comprises space and science research firms, universities, leading medical facilities, technology companies, telecommunications, shipyards, grain elevators and a wide range of other businesses.
Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States with a population of 1.9 million, trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Metro Houston boasts a population of 4.8 million making it the 10th largest among U.S. metropolitan areas.
Home to 18 Fortune 500 companies and more than 5,000 energy related firms, Houston is considered by many as the Energy Capital of the world. Houston is also has the most affordable housing of 10 most populated Metropolitan areas with housing costs coming in 39 percent below the average of 26 U.S. urban populations of more than 1.5 million. The cost of living is the second lowest among major American cities.
Houston is also home to a lively cultural center. With an active theater district, museums, professional sports teams representing every major sport, and a world-renowned live stock show and rodeo; Houston offers something for everyone.
The Greater Houston Partnership provides a wealth of Houston-related resources on the economy, housing, living and doing business in Houston.