Moving to Houston? Home to a multinational population (over 90 languages are spokenin the city), the second largest number of Fortune 500 companies (only behind New York),and one of the country’s busiest ports, Houston is a growing economicpowerhouse. Although Houston is best known for its energy industry (particularly oil), it is also strong in the fields of space and science research, education, technology, andtelecommunications. Many people are moving to Houston seeking careeropportunities…in fact, Houston has one ofthe highest employment growth rates in the country.
Houston has been central in space travel and research. In fact, “Houston” was the first word spoken from the surface of the moon. At NASA’s Space Center Houston you touch space rocks and see how the atmosphere in space affects astronauts. Other kid friendly attractions include the Downtown Aquarium, rides and games at Kemah Boardwalk, rainforest and aquatic exhibits at Moody Gardens, and Schlitterbahn Island Waterpark. Check out some of the 18 museums in Houston’s Museum District...plus the 1949 Air Terminal Museum, American Cowboy Museum, and the Art Car Museum located in other parts of the city.
Whether you cheer for one of the hometown professional sports teams or celebrate the traditions of Texas at a local rodeo, you’ll find plenty of sports events to attend. Take your pick between baseball’s Houston Astros, NBA’s Houston Rockets, WNBA’s Houston Comets, or hockey’s Houston Aeros. And as you take in the game from the comfort of your stadium seat, keep in mind that Houston was the first city to build an air conditioned sports arena. Check out concerts, rodeos, BBQ contests, and other events at the Livestock and Rodeo Show. If you want to get in the game yourself, visit one of the 160+ golf courses in the city, including the Houston National Golf Club. Here golf carts are equipped with global positioning systems (GPS) that provide information like the number of yards to a green and maps of the course. To see live golf action, you can catch the Shell Houston Open each spring.
Houston has one of the youngest populations in the nation partly because of its large student population from the 55+ colleges and universities in the city. Educational institutions range from liberal arts colleges to public and private universities to research and developmental institutions. Some of the most recognized schools include Rice University, University of Houston, South Texas College of Law, and Texas Southern University.