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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 2,295,982. 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
2,295,982

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$161,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$990
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
    587
    282.7
  • Murder
    11.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    373.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    695.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,804.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    509.6
    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
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    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
$51,140
National
$55,322
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Houston is an incredibly diverse city that boasts some of the best cuisine in the country. I've lived in nine different states, but I have to say Houston has the best cuisine. Houston has phenomenal outdoor resources at Hermann Park. You can golf, bike, watch outdoor theatre, paddleboat, ride a train around the park, enjoy the Japanese Botanical gardens, and/or go to the zoo. Houston has the largest medical center in the world and with that, some of the best hospitals in the world (just in case you ever need one). Houston's museum district is also top-notch, with several being free on Thursdays. Plus, Houston has an international airport with cheap deals that fly to most areas of the world; I flew roundtrip to Tokyo for 400 bucks. This place has it all!
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I love Houston with all my heart. I was born and raise in Houston and I can honestly say it has shaped me into the woman I am today.Growing up in Houston the diversity is like no other. The high school I graduated from was one of the most diverse in the nation! Which I find very important in this society. Also, for people who love to eat like me Houston is home to hundreds of amazing restaurants and family fun places. Our sports teams are also pretty good and are well supported by the people heavily. Houston is also good for standing by each other in hard times. This was showed when Houston went through the terrible hurricane Harvey. Houston really pulled together and were there for one another. From the sports team to the amazing food places to Houston standing with each other. Houston is definitely an experience of a lifetime.
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.