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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 an urban 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
Urban
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

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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My experience with Houston, Texas, has been incredible. There are so many opportunities to have through living in this city. Also, it is one of the largest cities in the United States. There are thousands of job opportunities all over the city. If you aren't someone who likes to live in the city, there are suburbs around the city that are still commutable to downtown. The transportation system is high-speed and affordable, no matter what your current financial income is. As for houses, the suburbs of Houston offer houses at a reasonable price that could be seen as million-dollar houses in other cities. The living conditions in Houston, Texas are arguably some of the best in the United States. Also, if you are looking for a city of nightlife, Houston is the city for you! Our nightlife is extremely lively and diverse.
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Houston, being one of the world´s largest cities, has just about everything. From an amazing museum district, to a beautiful downtown area, to hundreds of local parks, Houston has it all. Being such a large city however, has its costs. I would like to see the city of Houston take a larger effort in keeping our beautiful city clean! The people itself create such an inviting and especially incredible community-what other city was recovering from a drastically destructive hurricane and continued to win the world series?
I've lived here for 14 years. With every year, I love this city more! It's known for being one of the biggest cities in the country, yet many people think there's not much to do; They're completely wrong. The cities' neighborhoods each bring their own personality into the city. Whether it be the colorful Montrose or the luxurious River Oaks, you're bound to find something you love. We're the most diverse city in the country, and it's truly a blessing to see so many types of cuisines you probably won't find anywhere else in Texas (or in the country!). I love this city with my heart. There are many hidden gems!