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Houston, TX
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Living in Houston


Houston is an enormous city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 2,304,580 people and 853 constituent neighborhoods, Houston is the largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities, Houston isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Houston are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Houston is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Houston who work in sales jobs (10.00%), office and administrative support (9.63%), and management occupations (9.50%).

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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Houston is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

One important feature of Houston is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.92% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Houston anyway. So, if you like to drive, Houston is the city for you! The landscape around Houston reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The population of Houston is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.31% of adults in Houston have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Houston in 2018 was $33,626, which is wealthy relative to Texas, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $134,504 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 28.90% of the city’s population.

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