Houston, TX
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Living in Houston


Houston is an enormous city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 2,312,717 people and 605 constituent neighborhoods, Houston is the largest community in Texas.

Houston is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (11.14%), sales jobs (10.34%), and management occupations (8.75%).

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 is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Houston. This makes Houston a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Houston presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

One of the benefits of being a big city like Houston is having a public transportation system, but in Houston the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Houston benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The overall education level of Houston citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.73% of adults in Houston have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Houston in 2010 was $30,547, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $122,188 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. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Houston, accounting for 44.47% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Houston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Houston include German, English, Irish, French, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Houston's cultural character, accounting for 29.21% of the city’s population.

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