Why Houston is the #1 coolest city to live in the U.S.
Houston is home to over 6 million people, the fourth most populous city in the United States and the most populous in the Lone Star State of Texas. With a population count this large, there has to be a good reason why this is such a popular place to live. The city was voted in 2011 by Forbes as “The Coolest City in the US”.
Houston’s population has a wide variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds. It is home to many exhibits and cultural institutions, which attract over 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. It is home to a booming visual and performing arts scene and offers year-round residence to major performing art companies.
You may be wondering why Houston was voted as “coolest” city, and it is not because it is the first city you think of when the words, trendy or hip are used. It is because Houston is booming with jobs.
While the rest of the country was struggling in 2011 through the recession, Houston was climbing at a 2.6% job growth rate. As a result of this, nearly 50,000 people sprinted to Houston to be a part of that growth. Young professionals make up a large percentage of that with a median age of 33.
Forbes took into account a seven data point weight system when determining that Houston was the coolest city. They ranked the 65 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Division evenly on this system. They were ranked on the number of entertainment options, recreational opportunities, green space, the cost and number of outdoor activities, and also the number of college and professional sports teams located in the city.
They also took into account the cities cultural composition using an index called Sperling’s Diversity. A large population with a great number of diversity tends to produce more restaurants, interesting shopping and cultural events. Migration was also taken into consideration, as well as unemployment.
There were 5 cities in the state of Texas that were ranked in the top 65, with Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Austin being among them. All of these cities boasted a large young professional population, large cultural scene and a strong economy.
If you are planning to make a visit to Houston or even move there, you will have plenty to see and do. There are more than 11,000 restaurants to get your grub on. It is also home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo with more than 2.2 million visitors each year. Don’t forget that Galveston’s beach is only about 51 miles from Houston, making it perfect for a day trip with the whole family.
More than 90 languages are spoken in the Houston area. There are more than 500 cultural, and performing arts organizations, 90 of which are devoted to multicultural and