Houston, TX
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Houston is an enormous city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 2,290,530 people and 605 constituent neighborhoods, Houston is the largest community in Texas.

Houston real estate is some of the most expensive in Texas, although Houston house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Houston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Houston is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Houston who work in office and administrative support (12.01%), sales jobs (10.17%), and management occupations (8.16%).

Also of interest is that Houston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Houston, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Houston are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

The education level of Houston citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.80% of adults in Houston have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Houston in 2010 was $27,938, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,752 for a family of four. However, Houston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Houston is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Houston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Houston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Houston also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 43.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Houston include English, Irish, French , and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Houston's cultural character, accounting for 28.39% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Houston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.