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Houston Highlights

  • Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States.

  • In 2011, Fast Company named Houston the city of the year for its diversity, leadership, friendliness, and for exemplifying the magazine's focus on entrepreneurship, ethical business models and potential growth.

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers ranks Houston number 1 for cost competitiveness, and number 11 overall in its Cities of Opportunity study.

  • In 2008, Kiplinger's named Houston the best city in which to live, work, and play, and Forbes named Houston the best city for college graduates.

  • Houston is headquarters for 22 Fortune 500 companies – more than any other city except New York.

  • Houston is the home to the Texas Medical center, the largest medical center in the world.

  • Houston has more than 5000 energy-related firms, making it the energy capital of the world.

  • Houston is ranked #5 in the country for financial services.

  • Houston has more than 500 cultural, visual, and performing arts organizations, 90 of which are devoted to multicultural and minority arts.

  • Houston is one of five cities in the United States with resident professional companies in the four disciplines of the performing arts—ballet, opera, symphony, and theater.

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