Houston is halfway between the East and West Coast markets providing a logical transportation and distribution hub for many businesses. The Port of Houston, first in the United States in foreign tonnage, is expanding to meet the demand and increased traffic from the Panama Canal. Further, the Houston Airport system ranks fourth largest in the U.S. and sixth largest in the world.
Growing and Robust Economy
Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. and is known as one of the premier cities in the world for global business. Houston’s cost of business is below the U.S. average and lower than many global cities. Sixty-two of the Global Fortune 100 have operations in Houston.
Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, universities and institutions, offering higher education to suit all interests. With Tier 1 universities, graduate programs, law and medical schools, Houston prepares students for current and future top professions.
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Metropolitan Statistical Area
There is more than one reason why the Houston MSA ranks among the top cities and metro areas in the nation and world. Its low cost of doing business, no personal or corporate income taxes, and friendly Texas environment make it an ideal place for living and business.
- Most Diverse City (Kinder Institute for Urban Research 2012)
- North America’s Fastest Growing Metro Area – GDP Expansion and Employment Growth (Brookings Institute, 2012)
- Lowest Cost of Living – Large Metros (ACCRA Cost of Living Index, 2011)
- Most Affordable Cities to do Business Worldwide (PwC, 2011)
- Best Performing Cities Among Top 10 Largest U.S MSA’s (Milken Institute 2011)
- America’s Coolest City to Live (Forbes, 2012)
- Fastest Growing Millionaire City (Forbes, 2011)
- First in Personal Safety in the U.S. (Mercier, Houston Business Journal, 2011)
- America’s Best Hospitals – Cancer (US News and World Report, 2011)