Houston often receives national recognition for several attributes: diversity, cuisine and career opportunities often top the list. It’s no surprise, then, that a city renowned for its diversity and culture would also rank among the best places in the world for expats. A recent study, conducted by InterNations, a global expatriate networking site, rated cities on criteria such as cost of living, friendliness, and job opportunities.
Houston took the top spot in the United States and came in at number 31 globally, outranked by only two other cities in the Western Hemisphere – Montreal and Mexico City. Only Prague beat Houston in local career opportunities, with 79 percent of Houstonians describing satisfaction with the local job market.
“Houston was ranked number eight for finance and housing. Eighty-six percent of respondents said they found housing easy to find, compared to 52 percent of respondents globally," the report stated. "Whereas 37 percent of respondents globally found housing affordable, in Houston that figure was 67 percent. Local cost of living was ranked fourth by expats in Houston, with 76 percent approving. Expatriates surveyed also listed Houston fourth for friendliest local residents.”
According to Houston Region Highlights, a publication of Greater Houston Partnership, nearly one-in-four Houstonians was born outside the U.S. At an estimated 1.6 million people, the city has the fifth-largest foreign-born population in the country.
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