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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Houston is a city in Texas with a population of 2,267,336. Houston is in Harris County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in Houston offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Houston there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Houston and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Houston are above average.
About Houston...
Population
2,267,336

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$149,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$940
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Houston Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    607.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    11.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    58.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    418
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    731.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,900.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    495.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%

Working in Houston

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,399
National
$55,322
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I love Houston for its authentic and individual culture that is present around every corner. There is an abundance of fantastic places to dine and art all over the town spanning from "street art" to beautiful installations. Houston is also home to many magnificent museums which provide free days to the public. The homes in Houston are also very affordable in the suburbs and perfect for raising a family. We are privileged to be considered a melting pot that glorifies the people in its community. Even with the many differences that people may have with each other there is one common thing that the people of Houston are proud of and that is being from "H-town". We love our sports teams, and we make sure to show up and out for them!
I love Houston very much, and I am honored to call myself a University of Houston Cougar.
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Houston in a large metropolis in Texas, extending to Galveston Bay. It is home to a very diverse community and provides several different life styles to fit anyone from around the world. Houston's compact Downtown includes the theater district, the Houston's Grand Opera, and the historic district. Going further into the great city you will find one of the worlds largest Zoo's with animals from far and wide. It is also home the the great Houston Texan's football team, Houston Astro's baseball team, Houston Rocket's basketball team, Houston Aroe's hockey team, and Houston Dynamo soccer team. For the love of site seeing or the love of sports, Houston is the place for you!
After living in several major US cities, Houston is one of the best, most diverse options out there. Real estate is affordable, and cost and quality of living is unbeatable anywhere in the US! You can have city life, suburban/family life, or event countryside lifestyles. You have access to all the resources a major city has to offer, including great sports teams and entertainment events, and you're just a short drive to the coast! Southern hospitality meets big city. Doesn't get better than that.