HIghlights and news focusing on the Houston area.

Houston Business Journal, August 7th, 2018:

Recently, Business Facilities lauded Houston for its strong manufacturing presence, which was one of the factors for why the publication named the city as the No. 1 large metro for potential economic growth. The magazine noted that the region has about 6,400 manufacturers that employ more than 240,000 skilled workers and produce $80 billion in goods a year.

Houston Chronicle Septermber, 2017:

The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas was one of only three states to have more than one city rank among the most fun in America. Houston and Austin both made WalletHub's 2017 Most Fun Cities in America ranking. The ranking examined the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics. Those metrics included the number of attractions, beer gardens per capita, and sports venues per capita. Houston ranked fourth on a separate WalletHub list of most restaurants per capita (New York was first).

Houston Business Journal June 20, 2017:

Houston takes the No. 7 spot on Resonance Consultancy’s 2017 list of America’s 50 Best Large Cities

The Bayou City was the only Texas metro to make the top 10, while Austin came in at No. 11, Dallas was No. 15, and San Antonio ranked No. 17. Last year, Houston also ranked No. 7 overall, but it moved up in nearly every category this year. Within prosperity, Houston ranked No. 2 this year — second only to New York — for number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the metro. It also is the No. 4 food city in the culinary subcategory, one ahead of San Francisco, and No. 7 in the foreign-born residents subcategory. “For the fourth-largest city in the U.S. (soon to be third-largest once it overtakes Chicago), Houston runs relatively stealth,” the 2017 report states. “On the surface, the city appears to just keep its head down and put in an honest day’s work at the head offices of the world’s energy industry and the bounty of Fortune 500 companies that have gravitated here over the decades. And, you know, there’s NASA — and the aerospace industry that’s the gateway to extraterrestrial energy extraction in future decades. The sky, it seems, is literally the limit for the Bayou City.”

Houston Chronicle June 8, 2017 reports:

"MapMyRun, a fitness data app, ranked two Houston jogging destinations among the top 20 most popular running routes in America. At number 10 was the Rice University Loop, a 3-mile route that takes joggers and walkers through Rive Boulevard, Main Street and University Boulevard. Taking the No. 1 spot for the most popular running route in America was Houston's Memorial Park Loop, another 3-mile route that takes runners throughout the entirety of West Memorial Loop Drive. (Opinions Unlimited is at the edge of Memorial Park)."

Study published February 2017 by INRIX Inc:

"Houston traffic is ranked the 11th most congested city in the U.S. and less congested than Dallas (#7).

Houston is the 4th most populous city and covers the largest geographic area. in the U.S."

Houston Chronicle March 24, 2016

Houston Added More People Last Year Than Any Metropolitan Region in the Country, According to New Census Data

Houston Business Journal December 23, 2015

Houston's food scene nabs top 5 spot on Washington Post critic's list

Tom Sietsema can't wait to eat in Houston again he said on his list of "The 10 best food cities in America, ranked."

The Washington Post food critic traveled to 271 restaurants, bars, food stores and farmers markets across the U.S. to compile his list, rating each city on creativity, community, tradition and other criteria.


Houston Business Journal June 30, 2015


Two Houston-area economies rank among the best in the nation in terms of economic performance and growth, according to a new study from SmartAsset, a New York-based financial technology company.

Using data taken between 2010 and 2012 by the U.S. Census Bureau, the study found that Harris County and Fort Bend County had some of the best GDP growth and incoming investment dollars in the U.S. Fort Bend County was ranked No. 2 in the nation in terms of new building permits, after a whopping 39 permits per 1,000 homes flooded the county. And Harris County was ranked No. 2 in the nation in terms of GDP growth. Its local economy was beefed up by roughly $32.3 million between 2010 and 2012, just behind Los Angeles County’s growth of $36.4 million.

But overall in Texas, Fort Bend County was ranked No. 1 in the state based on SmartAsset's incoming investment index, which took into account a county's business growth, GDP growth, new building permits and municipal bonds between 2010 and 2012.

“That communicates that the county as a whole is really strong and strengthening,” said AJ Smith, managing editor of SmartAsset. “Harris County is an area that people really put their money where their mouth is.”

Houston Among Top Cities to Find a Job, Despite the economic effects of the oil slump, Houston is still among the top metropolitan areas to find a job, a new report says.The Bayou City was second only to Provo, Utah, according to new data compiled by Career Builder and summarized by Forbes.The list ranks the largest 150 U.S. metros based on multiple factors, including unemployment rates, job listings growth and the amount of high-paying new jobs.Raleigh, North Carolina; San Jose, California; and Salt Lake City, Utah, round out the top five. Two other Texas metros — McAllen at No. 6 and Austin at No. 9 — made it into the top 10.

Did you know?

Houston has more parks than any of the other top 10 metropolitan areas in the US. Houston encompasses more than 600 square miles.

"Houston named America's No. 1 city by Forbes magazine:


Forbes Magazine September 2013:

Houston named 'America's next great global city'

In the latest grand accolade for the Petro Metro, Forbes predicts that within a decade Houston will be known as "America's next great global city.

Smithsonian, July 2013

"Over 100 languages are spoken in Houston. It's the oil capital of the world, one of the wealthiest cities on the planet... " James Harithas, formerly of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. Study by Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University: "Out of the ten largest U.S. metropolitan areas... census data found that the most equitable distribution of the nation's four major racial and ethnic groups (Asians, Hispanic people, and white and black people who are not Hispanic) was not in New York City or Los Angeles, but, surprisingly, Houston."

For the ninth year in a row, CEOs rate Texas as the No. 1 state in which to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine's annual Best & Worst States Survey.


Houston is second-fastest growing big US city, says Census Bureau

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Some of Houston's finest attractions and sights:

Houston Museum District - Art Museums Houston - Houston Texas

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Holocaust Museum Houston

Children's Museum of Houston

The Health Museum

Art Car Museum

The Menil Collection