Alive with energy and rich in diversity, Houston is a dynamic mix of imagination, talent and first-class attractions that makes it a world-class city. As the fourth largest city in the Nation, Houston is bustling with culture and energy and has recently gained recognition as America’s next great global city.
Home to a vibrant economy, beautiful surroundings and a population full of optimism and spirit, it's no wonder that Houston is a popular international destination. More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area. 92 countries have consular offices in Houston, the third highest in the nation
Known as the energy capital of the world, the city is home to 26 Fortune 500 companies, the second most in the nation, and the world's largest medical center — making Houston a land of many opportunities families looking to relocate, whether through internships or fieldwork experiences in the real world. Houston also has the fastest growing economy in the country. Besides Energy, Houston's economy also has a broad industrial base in the finance, aeronautics, and technology industries.
Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a local economic impact of $10 billion. More than 52,000 people work within its facilities, which encompass 21 million square feet. Altogether 4.8 million patients visit them each year.
Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions - offering higher education options to suit all interests.
The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. It is the tenth largest port in the world. The Port handled 220 million short tons of domestic and foreign cargo in 2010.