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.

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 (11.65%), sales jobs (10.39%), and management occupations (8.41%).

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.

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 30.39% 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 $28,503, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,012 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 43.86% 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 English, Irish, French , and Italian.

Houston also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.53%.

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