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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  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
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Houston is a city in Texas with a population of 2,240,582. 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 parks. Many families and young professionals live in Houston and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Houston are highly rated.
About Houston...
Population
2,240,582

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$140,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$898
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
    283
  • Murder
    12
    6
  • Rape
    58
    41
  • Robbery
    418
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    732
    500
  • Theft
    2,901
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    496
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,010
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    23%
    13%

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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!
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I like that Houston has so much diversity. It's like being able to travel and experience so many cultures without having to buy the plane ticket! I also love that we have both a great baseball and basketballs team. We are always a tour stop for artist which means there's always something to do. My favorite thing about Houston has got to be the rodeo. It only happens once a year and the entire city attends. It's great because you get to rodeo competitions, live performance, go to the carnival, and eat sinfully delicious food all in one place! As much as I love my city it does have a couple problems. Zoning in Houston is absolutely all over the place. You can have a bar right next to a church and daycare center! The city is slow to fix things like potholes and repave the streets which is an inconvenience. It gets extremely humid during the summer and at times feels unbearable. Overall, I love living here. There's always something fun to do and someone new to meet.
I'm honestly not Houston's biggest fan. The poor planning makes traffic freaking horrible and they're constantly doing construction everywhere. They've been working on highway 290 since I moved here in 2011 and it still only seems to be half done. 610 is the absolute worse! Commute time to anywhere is usually 20-30 minutes from one area to the other, and about 45 minutes to an hour to the nearest airport. The nightlife for LGBT is almost non-existent unless you wanna party with twenty something white or hispanic gay males. There aren't really any just chill, mature spots that are open consistently. So, nightlife is kind of meh. Main Street downtown is kind of like an upscale Bourbon Street, but full of snooty college kinds. The school is okay in some areas. The city is a melting pot with a lot of job opportunities, but it's hard to find anything if you don't have a lot of experience, aren't bilingual or don't have a degree.