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 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 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.
Houston, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Houston are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
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: 31.73% of adults in Houston have a college degree.
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.