Houston, TX
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Living in Houston


Houston is an enormous city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 2,325,502 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 professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Houston who work in sales jobs (10.41%), office and administrative support (9.84%), and management occupations (8.52%).

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 important feature of Houston is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 80.11% 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 education level of Houston citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.14% of adults in Houston have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Houston in 2010 was $31,576, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $126,304 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 44.76% 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.

In addition, Houston has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (29.46%).

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