Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States with a multicultural population of four million. Besides being home to the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, Houston is a leader in the cultural arts and higher education. Additionally, Houston's cost of living and housing costs are significantly lower than is found in many other cities of comparable size and sophistication.
Houston is not the concrete jungle one might imagine when envisioning such a large city. Parks number in the hundreds, and vast public green spaces and open water abound.
The city offers a cornucopia of recreational activities, dining experiences, entertainment, shopping, cultural performances, and sporting events. Houston is home to numerous professional sports teams including the Rockets, Astros, Texans, Aeros and Dynamo. Baylor College of Medicine is situated in one of the most attractive and vibrant areas of Houston. The Texas Medical Center rubs shoulders with Rice University and Hermann Park with its zoo, public golf course, outdoor theatre, children's playground and picnic areas.
Downtown Houston is less than four miles north of the Texas Medical Center and features the state-of-the-art Minute Maid Park baseball stadium which many believe to be the jewel in downtown's crown. Downtown has witnessed a rebirth in recent years and has been transformed into not only a nighttime and weekend destination but also the site of residence for a growing number of Houstonians. Cultural venues include internationally acclaimed permanent ballet, opera, symphony and theater companies.
Between the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston lies the Museum District, which offers outstanding art, historic, and science museums, including the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Holocaust Museum, the Museum of Health and Sciences, and the recently expanded Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
A light rail line connects the Medical Center with downtown, midtown, Hermann Park, the Museum District, and Reliant Park.
The moderate climate of Houston allows residents to partake of almost all types of outdoor activities year-round including running, cycling, tennis, golf and water sports.