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10 Facts that Will Make You a More Knowledgeable Houstonian
September 18th, 2018
By A.J. Mistretta

The Greater Houston Partnership’s Research division recently published the 2018 edition of Houston Facts. The annual publication is chock-full of helpful information about the greater Houston region, from demographics and education to leading industries and employment statistics. Some points you might already know—like the fact that Houston is the fourth largest city in the nation. Others might surprise you. Here are just a few facts that will make you a more educated resident. 

  • It’s no secret we’re a mecca major corporate headquarters. But you might not know that metro Houston has the third-largest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in the nation.
  • More than 1.5 million Houstonians, or roughly one in four, were born outside the U.S. What else would you expect from the most diverse city in the nation? The top regions of birth among those newcomers include: Latin America (63%), Asia (25%), Africa (5.8%) and Europe (4%).
  • Last year, the Houston Airport System handled 54,168,938 passengers, an average of 103 passengers per minute. What’s more, Houston is the only city in Texas and one of only eight in the U.S. that has two airports offering international service.
  • Health care is a major and growing component of our regional economy. Nearly 361,000 people work in health care and social services in the Houston region, or almost one in eight local workers, data from the Texas Workforce commission shows.
  • Houston is a hub of innovation as evidenced by the Innovation District now being developed in Midtown and the broader Innovation Corridor stretching from Downtown to TMC. The region is home to more than 500 technology startups in the consumer and business service, health care, data analytics, software development and clean energy sectors. Local companies received $1.8 billion in venture funding in 2017, according to PrivCo, a business intelligence database.
  • Thanks in no small part to the presence of the Texas Medical Center, the Houston region is home to more than 19,400 biotech specialists and 6,650 of the world’s top medical researchers. Nearly 4,200 clinical trials were active in the Houston region in 2017, roughly 13.4% of all trials in the country.
  • The Port of Houston traded with 215 countries in 2017. Of those, trade with 29 countries exceeded $1 billion each and trade with 176 countries exceeded $1 million each. Click here to see trade profiles between Houston and its major trading partners.
  • Cost of living is a major consideration for companies considering relocating or growing a business in Houston as well as individuals weighing a personal move. Houston is attractive in many areas, including housing costs which are 44.8% below the average for the nation’s 20 most populous metro areas, according to the Cost of Living Index.
  • The residents of Houston like to eat, and they prefer to eat out. What’s more the city’s demographic diversity feeds into a huge variety of cuisine types. In 2018, listed more than 80 different categories of cuisine and roughly 950 food trucks in Houston. Who needs to cook anyway?
  • There are nearly 500 miles of designated bikeways within the City of Houston. The Houston Bike Plan, adopted by the City Council in spring 2017, lays out a long-term vision to expand the bikeway network to almost 1,800 miles. Don’t forget your helmet.
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