Houston ranked fourth-best American city

by Chelsea Niaz


Houston is the fourth best city in the United States, according to a report released Wednesday.

Resonance Consultancy’s report was announced Wednesday at New York University during an awards celebration. It named the 50 best large American cities and the 50 best small American cities. To qualify as large, cities had to have populations larger than 1 million whereas small cities were comprised of less than 1 million people, according to the report.

Why Houston

The fourth-largest city in the nation has a lot to celebrate, namely its second place ranking for the amount of Fortune 500 companies headquartered there. It also ranked in the ninth spot in the people category of the report beating Seattle, with a seventh ranking in the foreign-born residents sub-category.

Houston’s 11,000 restaurants contributed to its fourth place ranking as a food city in the United States, one ahead of renowned San Francisco. The city’s “well-paying jobs and an energized commitment to art, culture and livability” prove it deserves its spot among the best American cities.

“Mobile Millennials”

Findings were based on the actions of a group coined “mobile millennials” or Americans aged 20 to 36 who traveled within the last year. The report stated more than 1500 of this group were surveyed in the U.S. about what they consider as most important in choosing where to visit or live.

Factors considered in cities’ rankings were affordability of housing and job opportunities, quality of the natural and built environment, quality of key institutions and attractions, diversity of people, promotion via stories and recommendations online, economic prosperity, and quality of the arts, culture, restaurants and nightlife among other factors, equaling 27 total.

Six categories divided these considerations: place, product, programming, people, prosperity and promotion. The report explained for a city to outrank another, it needed to score high across all six of these categories which were comprised of the many factors.

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  • Louise Burke says:

    So happy Houston is finally getting the recognition it deserves. I’ve lived here for 36 yrs. & not looking to move.

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