Relocating to Houston
Here Are the 25 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2017
When it comes time to move to a new city, you have to weigh the pros and cons to ensure living there will be a pleasant experience. Does the ease of getting around the city make a difference? Or the pay at a new job? What about the area’s reputation as a cool place to visit?
To rank the Best Places to Live, U.S. News assesses statistics for the country’s 100 largest metro areas, including each location’s job market, cost of living, crime rates, educational quality, availability of top-notch health care and more. Each category is weighted based on a survey of 2,000 people across the country and what they said matters most to them when picking their next place to live. Read on for the 25 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2017. Read more.
A bit of history
Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest city in the United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of over 2.1 million people within a land area of 599.6 square miles (1,553 km2). Houston is the seat of Harris County, and its metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in the U.S., with over 6 million people.
Houston was founded in 1836 on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou (now known as Allen’s Landing) and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837. The city was named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had commanded and won at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles (40 km) east of where the city was established. The burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the city’s population. In the mid-twentieth century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center—the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.
- City of Houston
- Relocation Packet (Greater Houston Partnership)
www.hereishouston.com (small fee required)
- Houston Area Independent School Districts
- Houston Area Private Schools (Greater Houston Partnership)
- Official Visitors Guide (Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau)
- Harris County Tax Appraisal District
- Tax Assessor-Collector / Property Taxes / Vehicle Registration (Harris County)
- Electricity Service
- Water Service
- Public Transportation (METRO)
- Voter Registration (Harris County)