When you think about Houston, Texas, you probably picture massive oil refineries, oppressive humidity, and a sub-par baseball team — a far cry from one of the nation’s most up-and-coming cities.
But you shouldn’t dismiss Houston so easily; the Bayou City is an economic juggernaut.
It’s by far the country’s No. 1 job creator and home to 26 Fortune 500 companies. A paycheck goes farther here than anywhere else in the country, and it has a medical center larger than downtown Dallas.
Add a thriving restaurant and cultural scene, and you’ve got a winning case for Houston as the best city in America. Here are 18 reasons you may want to pack your bags and head south.
Anyone in this city will tell you that H-town’s the place to be, but now Forbes is putting a number on the Bayou City’s cool factor.
Houston landed among the nation’s 20 coolest cities, along with three other Texas locales, making the Lone Star State a pretty great place to call home.
The rankings were determined by each city’s entertainment opportunities, recreational activities, abundance of local eateries, diversity, and the percentage of young people living in the middle of it all.
Travel + Leisure has named Houston No. 2 on its “America’s Favorite Cities 2014″ list, in the Top Cities Overall category.
To decide who lands in the top spots, Travel + Leisure tallied 50,000 votes, ranking 38 cities across several categories. The eighth annual list breaks down the results into different categories and subcategories. Here’s how Houston ranked:
Art scene and concerts — No. 5
Free attractions — No. 4
Galleries — No. 2
Museums and theaters — No. 3