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 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 (11.65%), 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.

Houston is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Houston really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Houston citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Houston ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Houston a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

In terms of college education, Houston is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.39% of adults in Houston have a college degree.

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.

In addition, Houston has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (28.53%).

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