Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation, is the largest metropolis in Texas with over 6.6 million residents. Twenty-five companies on the Fortune 500 list call the Energy Capital of the World home. Houston is an example of the nation’s diverse demographic future with, 38.8% White-American, 35.9% Hispanic, 16.7% African American, 6.7% Asian and 1.6% Other. 





The regional economy, often dubbed the energy capital of the world, is exceptionally healthy. It weathered the Great Recession of 2008-2009 better than any other major city in the United States. New fracking technology paired with strong global demand for petroleum and natural gas has provided for growth throughout the energy supply chain. The Houston area is accommodating a high rate of population and employment growth, thus far without sacrificing the low cost of living.

Houston has one of the youngest populations among its peers with a median age in Houston at 34.1 years. Its young population translates into a large supply of entry-level and early-career workers to meet local hiring needs, a substantial base of consumers entering their household formation and wealth-acquisition years, and a larger population more open to social change.

According to Forbes, Houston ranks first among U.S. cities where paychecks stretch the furthest. Due to its low cost of living and access to goods and services through its port and diversity of population and industries.