Take a quick look at what makes Houston such a great place to live, get an education, and work:

The people: Houston is the fourth largest U.S. city. Thirty-seven percent are 24 or younger, and 32 percent are between ages 25-44. Houston has a multicultural population of more than 5.5 million in the metropolitan area.

The low cost of living: This means affordable housing. Plus, there are no state or local income taxes. How can it get better?

Job market: Houston has an expanding economy in diverse industries. Have you checked out careers at Baylor College of Medicine?

The weather: In the winter, you may need a light jacket but ice or snow won’t keep you from enjoying the outdoors. With an average temperature year-round of 68 degrees and average rainfall of 46 inches, you can enjoy the outdoors as much as you’d like to.

The entertainment: Really, it’s impossible to be bored here. There are entertainment options for all ages, including a permanent ballet, opera, symphony and theater companies, dozens of top-notch museums, and so much more. Don’t forget that Houston is home to NASA's Johnson Space Center, too.

The food: Houston has 11,000 restaurants (and counting!), which serve every type of cuisine you could think of, both brick-and-mortar establishments and food trucks. It’s not just BBQ and Tex-Mex (though you’re missing out if you haven’t tried these cuisines here).

The sports: Sports fans, you’ll never wait too long for the next game. You’ll find plenty of professional and college sports here.

The great outdoors: Whether you’re looking to cool off in the summer or enjoy the mild winter climate, there’ll be something fun nearby for you. Houston is an “urban forest” with 350 parks and more than 20 green spaces. Plus, we’ve got nearby beaches and lakes, hiking, biking, parks, and much more.

The shopping: You’ll save money with the low cost of living in Houston, but there’s no shortage of stores, malls, boutiques and more in the city!

The education: Houston offers more than 40 colleges, universities, and institutes.

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