Greater Houston’s geographic size, diversity, myriad of business opportunities and industries, and it's expansive cultural, outdoor, and entertainment offerings, plus world-class shopping and dining, make this an incredibly eclectic and exciting city. That vastness and variety also speak to a remarkable range of neighborhoods that offer something for every taste and budget.


Houston Facts

  • Nearly 1.7 million Houstonians, or roughly one in four, were born outside the U.S.
  • Metro Houston has the third-largest number of Fortune 500 companies in the nation.
  • If Houston were a country, it would rank as the 27th largest economy in the world - exceeding Austria's and Nigeria's gross domestic products.

Texas Sized

  • If the Greater Houston Area were a state, it would have the 15th-largest population in the U.S.
  • At 665 square miles, the City of Houston is larger in area than the cities of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and San Diego.
  • The nine-county Houston MSA had a population of 7,206,841 residents as of July 1, 2021, according to estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Arts & Culture

Houston is ranked second only to New York in the number of theater seats and is one of the few cities in the nation with resident companies in drama, ballet, opera, and orchestra. The Theater District, located at the gateway to Downtown, serves as a showcase for nine, world-class performing arts organizations. Greater Houston has more than 150 museums and cultural organizations. Nineteen can be found in the centrally located Museum District.

Quality of Life in Houston

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