It seems everyone is planning to or moving to Houston. Its population growth is intense with an estimate 6.18 million in 2013 and a staggering 6,490,180 as of July 1, 2014.
What is in Houston that attracted 50 percent of college graduates in the country between 2000 and 2012? Clearly, it has to be about the prime lifestyle factors, namely housing, education, employment and health.
Houston’s low-cost living is largely the result of low housing prices. It also has the lowest minimum salary required to purchase an average home at $31,298. Weichert, Realtors – InFocus, one of the most trusted local realtors, is suggesting the mix of urban living and rural sceneries that make it ideal for settling down and establishing families.
The city also houses more than 40 colleges, university and institutions, like the Southern Ivy, Rice University, and the University of Houston, that offer higher education options to suit all interests. These universities are two of the country’s best research institutions, has advanced science and legal programs that can rival top Ivy Leagues.
The unemployment rate in Houston is significantly below the national level. Houston has recorded 309 percent job growth as of April 2014. It also topped among 20 most populous metro areas according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you adjust for cost of living, it has the highest pay in the country at $73, 418. It is also seen as self-sufficient with its IT jobs helping to increase other blue-collar jobs.
One of the best features of the city, Houston hosts the world’s largest concentration of healthcare organization, with its scientists working hard to beat none other than one of the deadliest diseases in the world, cancer. The extremely wide Texas Medical Center is the largest single employer in the area, and the largest medical center in the world, with 21 eight academic, research institutions and hospitals that are all not-for-profit.
Indeed, Houston is packed with all the amenities many would love to have. If you are choosing a city to live in, try this city and experience incredible possibilities.