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Top 10 Reasons to Love Houston

New to Houston? Welcome to our global city. Houston’s economy has a broad base in energy, aeronautics, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare and oilfield equipment. Only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters. Greater Houston has a large and growing international community, and an active visual and performing arts scene. And we’re affordable: Houston ranks first among U. S. cities where paychecks stretch the furthest, according to Forbes magazine.

1. Local Flavor. Indulge yourself at one of our more than 11,000 restaurants. You’ll find a superabundance of outstanding menus, with choices ranging from upscale dining to colorful Tex-Mex to memorable neighborhood delis.

2. Imagination and Creativity. Houston has more than 500 cultural, visual and performing arts organizations, 90 of which are devoted to multicultural and minority arts. It's home to year-round resident companies in all of the major performing arts. Based on our dynamic arts scene, strong economy and multiculturalism, Forbes named Houston the “Coolest City” in the country in 2012.

3. World-class Health Care. The world-renowned Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world, includes 54 member institutions. Among them is Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, whose collaboration with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth brings new knowledge about medicine to the bedside daily. Innovations are rapidly transmitted throughout the city at Memorial Hermann’s 11 other hospitals – Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann The Woodland Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy.

tall downtown fountain

Beautiful fountain area in Downtown

4. Green Galore. Houston ranks first among the nation’s 10 most populous cities in total acreage of parkland, according to a 2011 report by the Trust for Public Land. Our city has 49,643 acres of total park space, which adds up to 22 acres per 1,000 residents, nearly twice the national average. In 2013, Houston was named one of the 10 greenest cities in the United States by causes.com.

5. Easy In and Out. Houston’s three-airport system serves more than 50 million passengers annually, including more than 7 million international travelers. Arrive or depart from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) or Ellington Airport (EFD).

6. Educate Yourself. The Greater Houston area has more than 14 major institutions of higher education, including Rice University, the birthplace of nanotechnology. For outside-the-box learning, Houston has one of the largest museum districts in the country, with 18 museums within walking distance of each other.

7. Theater without Intermission. Houston’s Theater District is second only to New York City’s in concentration of seats in a single geographic area. Located downtown, the 17-block Theater District includes eight performing arts organizations with more than 12,000 seats.

8. Cowboys with Heart. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracts more than 2.2 million visitors each year. Since its beginnings in 1932, the rodeo has committed more than $330 million to scholarships, research, endowments and other educational youth programs.

9. Opportunity Knocks. Houston ranks second in employment growth among the 10 most populous metro areas in the United States. Our city has been ranked among Forbes magazine’s Best Places for Business and Careers. In 2013, Memorial Hermann was named among the Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work and listed among the Houston Chronicle’s top 20 Best Places to Work in the large-company category, as chosen by employees.

10. Enjoy the Game. Houston has a rich sporting culture with teams in every major sport, including the Houston Rockets (NBA)  Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Texans (NFL), and Houston Dynamo (MLS). You’ll also find the full range of men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports at the University of Houston, Rice University, Houston Baptist University and St. Thomas University. Memorial Hermann is the official health care provider to the Houston Rockets, collegiate teams, and several Houston ISD schools.