Greater Houston Partnership (GHP)

Living in Houston

The City of the Future

Houston has one of the youngest, fastest growing, and most diverse populations anywhere in the world. People from across the globe relocate to Houston every year to take advantage of the abundant opportunities the region provides.

See what it means to live in The City with No Limits.

Living in Houston means affordable housing options in excellent school districts and employment opportunities in numerous industries throughout the region. Read below to experience a day in the life of a Houstonian!

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Cost of Living

Houstonians wake up to all the perks of big city life without the heavy price tag. Whether it’s a weekend grocery run or a stop at a local coffee shop – your dollar goes further in Houston.

The C2ER Cost of Living Index 2017 Annual Average shows that Houston has the fifth lowest overall cost of living among the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas. The same study also shows that Houston's overall after-taxes living costs are 23 percent below the average for the 20 largest urban areas, largely due to affordable housing costs.

Houston’s a great deal, and people are taking notice. For the eighth consecutive year, Houston ranked first in U-Haul’s annual national migration trend report, "The U-Haul 2017 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities."

Learn more in our Economy section »


Another major perk of life as a Houstonian is diverse and affordable real estate. From a modern loft downtown to a traditional, single-family home in the Woodlands, the greater Houston area offers a wide variety of housing options. There’s something for every age and stage in life and best of all, the price is right.

In fact, according to the C2ER Cost of Living Index 2017 Annual Average, when compared to the 20 most populous metros, housing costs in Houston are 39.6 percent below average.

Whether it’s your first home or your next, the greater Houston area is sure to have something that’s a good fit for your family, and your wallet.


Leave your coat at home; America’s Coolest City averages only 18 days per year with temperatures of 32°F or less. Houston has had only 16 measurable snowfalls since 1939. These mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round. Prepare for blue skies and head to one of Houston’s great parks and enjoy!


The Houston region contains 62 independent school districts and 39 state-approved charter management organizations. Houston Independent School District is the seventh largest public school system in the nation and the largest in Texas.

Also a leader in higher education, there are more than 437,000 students enrolled in more than 50 degree granting colleges, universities and technical schools throughout the region.


When you or your family needs care, there is no better place to be than Houston. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation’s top institutions.

The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical complex in the world with 58 world-renowned medical research and academic institutions, including six general hospitals, 11 specialized hospitals, two specialized patient facilities, three medical schools, five schools of nursing, two schools of pharmacy, a dental school and a community college focused on 19 health science fields.

Outdoor Recreation

Houstonians enjoy the outdoors through all four seasons. The greater Houston region contains two of the 10 largest urban public parks in the U.S. — Cullen Park and George Bush Park And downtown’s largest park – Discovery Green – features year-round events ranging from movie nights and Zumba classes to a seasonal skating rink.

Memorial Park and Trail is also a population place to get some fresh air. More than 500 square miles, the City of Houston Bikeway Program is a 345-mile interconnected bikeway network of on-street and off-road paths that includes bike lanes, bike routes, signed-shared lanes and ‘hike and bike’ trails, and other urban multi-use paths.

Arts & Culture

Take an afternoon stroll through Houston’s museum district where you’ll find the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Zoo among other attractions. In the evening, attend a live performance at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park- just across the street! Houston is one of the few U.S. cities that offers world-class, year-round resident companies in all of the major performing arts—symphony (Houston Symphony Orchestra), opera (Houston Grand Opera), drama (The Alley Theatre) and ballet (Houston Ballet).


Houston offers a myriad of dining options to please even the pickiest of eaters. Authentic TexMex, traditional Texas barbeque, and Creole inspired cuisine are just a few of the possibilities.

Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 10,000 restaurants and eating establishments covering over 60 cuisines. Home to award-winning chefs like Chris Shepherd and Hugo Ortega, you'll savor Houston's world-class restaurant scene.


Houston is a major league sports town! Wind down by watching the Astros hit a home run at beautiful Minute Maid Park or catch some gridiron action with the Texans at NRG Stadium.

If you want to experience the original extreme sport, make sure to check out Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each spring, it’s the largest in the world!

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