Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States. Houston’s metropolitan area is the fifth largest in the U.S, with over 6 million people. The local economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. It is also a leader in the healthcare industry and the building of oilfield equipment. The city is an extremely prestigious business base, with only New York City housing more Fortune 500 headquarters. Houston is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, attracting more than 7 million visitors each year to the Museum District. There is also an active visual and performing arts scene in the city, especially within the Theater District. There are over 337 parks in the area, providing an ideal office escape for any businessperson. There are also countless amenities in the city, including banks, stores and restaurants, making this an ideal location in which to host business meetings.
Setting up your business here
In 2013, Houston was identified as the best U.S. city for job creation by the U.S. Bureau of Statistics. Between 2008 and 2010 more than 100 foreign-owned companies relocated, expanded or started new businesses in Houston. The city also appeared on Forbes list of ‘Best Places for Business and Careers’. There are countless Fortune 500 companies located in Houston including ConocoPhillips, Halliburton and Sysco. Houston is ranked first for ‘Forbes Best Cities for College Graduates, ensuring that networking opportunities with educated professionals are plentiful. Public transport within Houston is fantastic, offering efficient travel on a variety of systems. A wide choice of executive suites are available in the region, all providing businesses with an array of services to ensure they can focus on flourishing.
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Things to do in Houston
There is plenty to do in Houston, both after work and at the weekend. Notable attractions include The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Holocaust Museum Houston, and the Houston Zoo. Houston's current Chinatown and the Mahatma Gandhi District both offer a picturesque view of Houston's diverse population. Restaurants, bakeries, traditional-clothing boutiques and specialty shops can be found in both areas. Houston has over 8000 dining options and has restaurants to suit any palette. Adair Kitchen, on San Felipe, was named one of 50 ‘hot restaurants for summer’ by Nation's Restaurant News (2013). The Breakfast Klub, on Travis, offers hearty, traditional Southern American food, often reached by means of a long line through the front door.
- Subway: Light Rail - Main Street Square Station, Preston Station, various others within the city
- Railway: Houston Amtrak
- Nearest freeway: I-10, I-45, I-69, I-610
- Nearest airports: Hobby Airport, George Bush Airport
- Other: All major bus routes served nearby