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Welcome to
Space City

Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States. More than 5 million people live in Houston and the surrounding metropolitan area.

Houston's internationally diverse population, strong economy, culture and low cost of living have propelled it to the top of many national lists, including the "Coolest City in America" list in Forbes Magazine.

The overall cost of living in Houston is 5.6% below the national average and housing costs are 20% below the national average. There is no city or state income tax, which adds to the affordability of living in Houston.

Downtown Houston Texas

  • Culture - Houston's Museum District is home to 18 museums within walking distance to each other. The Theater District is second only to New York City in number of theater seats in a concentrated downtown area and is one of only five cities with permanent resident companies in all of the major disciplines: ballet, symphony, theater and opera. 
  • Sports - Houston is home to professional sports teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA and MLS, as well as many college sports teams.
  • Parks  -  With almost 50,000 acres of parks, Houston ranks first in the nation's 10 most populous cities of total acreage of parks. Discovery Green, located in downtown, hosts free events for the public throughout the year.
  • Dining- Houstonians eat at more than 11,000 restaurants ranging from upscale to food trucks. From Tex-Mex to outstanding international cuisine, there is always something new to try. 
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Art Car Parade
  • PRIDE Houston
  • Houston Restaurant Week
  • Zoo Lights
  • Chevron Houston Marathon
  • Texas Renaissance Festival
  • Houston Open Golf Tournament
  • Wings Over Houston Airshow
  • Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker

View MD Anderson's Why Houston? brochure here.

Houston Texas Downtown

More than 2.2 million residents call Houston, Texas home, making it the country’s fourth-largest city. Many expect typical Texans to walk around in their cowboy boots and hat, always at the ready to ride a bull or two-step the night away on the dance floor. But visitors and transplants soon discover what this cultural epicenter truly has to offer: something for everyone.

The Bayou City is the most diverse metro area in the country, ahead of both New York and Los Angeles. This diversity has boosted Houston’s food scene, with 10,000 restaurants serving the cuisine of over 70 different countries and cultural regions and has given rise to its own innovative culinary styles. Where else can you eat breakfast tacos, kolaches, fajitas, chimichangas, and viet-cajun crawfish all in one day? Our city and its chefs are regularly celebrated for their exciting food by the James Beard Foundation and was named the “newest capital of great food” by Food & Wine

The only thing more difficult than deciding what to have for dinner is choosing how to spend your day. Perhaps the best-known Houston institution is Johnson Space Center, home to NASA’s Mission Control. But just walking distance from the Texas Medical Center is the Museum District, with more than 19 museums and cultural institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the 55-acre Houston Zoo. The Menil Collection is a hidden gem, housing around 15,000 pieces created as early as the Paleolithic area, and the Rothko Chapel

Not far from the museums is the 17-block Theater District, home to Houston’s premiere performance companies: the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, the Alley Theatre, and numerous permanent arts organizations. Music lovers are also treated to a healthy live music scene, with the three largest venues just a rail ride away. No matter what time of the year, sports fans are treated to year-round competition from the Astros (baseball), Rockets (basketball), Dynamo (mens’ soccer/football), Dash (womens’ soccer/football), SaberCats (rugby), and Texans (NFL football)

Johnson Space Center - Houston Texas