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Houston Climbs to No. 9 in New Ranking of Best Cities in America

Published Jun 07, 2023 by Brina Morales

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Houston has once again climbed the rankings of this year's list of America's Best Cities to No. 9 from No. 11 last year, drawing praise for its culture, diversity, restaurant scene and number of Fortune 500 headquarters.

The annual report by Resonance Consultancy, an international consulting firm, describes Houston as "America's stealthy powerhouse on the rise," pointing to the city's strong domestic and international migration, international festivals, and ethnically diverse population and food scene. According to the Partnership's latest Global Houston report, international migration surged in 2022, accounting for the largest share of the region's population growth.

Houston has steadily climbed the America's Best Cities rankings over recent years. In 2022, it ranked 11th compared to 17th in 2021. The latest report also highlights how Houston is reclaiming its position as Space City by investing in the future of aerospace. One of those key investments and economic development projects is the Houston Spaceport, one of only 10 FAA-licensed commercial spaceports in the U.S., and the only one in an urban location, just outside of downtown. According to the report, tenants at the spaceport have been awarded nearly $4 billion in new contracts. The spaceport's three major anchor tenants are Collins Aerospace, Axiom Space and Intuitive Machines. 

The report also applauded Houston's Cost-of-Living-Adjusted Earnings and ranked the city fourth for Fortune 500 companies. Fortune recently released its 2023 Fortune 500 list, ranking Texas as the leading state with the most Fortune 500 headquarters. The greater Houston metro area has the second-largest hub of Fortune 500 headquarters with a total of 25.

Resonance also featured restaurants that opened post-pandemic such as Hamsa, Casa Nomad and Urbe. In 2022, the greater Houston area received 10 semifinalist nominations for the James Beard Awards. Recently, Houston Chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter and owner of Street to Kitchen won Best Chef in the Texas category in this year's James Beard Awards.

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Houston suburbs are becoming increasingly more popular as mixed-use developments, where residents can live, work and play, revolutionize living in growing communities.   According to the Partnership’s Population Growth analysis, Houston suburbs experienced the most growth last year behind Harris County, with Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties boasting the second and third highest level of domestic migration in the region. Here are a few notable developments taking shape across the greater Houston region that are contributing to this growth:  Click to expand Lake Pointe Plaza  Construction is expected to commence this year on Lake Pointe Plaza, a 53-acre waterfront destination located in Sugar Land. The development, which will transform the former Fluor campus, will feature 3.5-acres of gathering and entertainment space, a hotel and convention center and a boardwalk overlooking Brooks Lake. Additionally, Lake Pointe Plaza will provide office, retail, restaurant and residential space, including a 370 multi-family unit named The Pearl.   Click to expand The Market at Katy Park  The 54-acre mixed-use development is taking shape at the northeast corner of Katy Hockley Rd. and Morton Rd in Katy, Texas west of Houston. Anchored by the recently opened 117,000 square foot H-E-B, The Market at Katy Park will boast five retail buildings and a luxury 348-unit multi-family community dubbed The Oak at Katy Park, which is slated to be completed in 2025. The development has already secured multiple tenants, including Crust Pizza, Pacific Dental, Chase Bank and McDonald’s, according to the developer Read King Properties.  Click to expand Manvel Town Center  The Manvel Town Center, a 273-acre mixed-use development, aims to bring urban living to the growing city of Manvel, offering an array of retail, dining and office space that was not previously available in the area. While the development is still undergoing construction, its 108,000-square-foot H-E-B and Mcdonald’s opened last year. Other confirmed tenants include Whataburger, Heartland Dental, Marble Slab and Aki Steak 7 Sushi. Proposed tenants include Target, Ross, Ulta, Petco, Five Below and Burlington.   Click to expand Village Green at Bridgeland Central  Situated in the heart of Bridgeland, Cypress’ 11,500-acre master-planned community, Village Green at Bridgeland Central will offer more than 28,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, as well as a 100,000-square-foot H-E-B and 49,000-square-foot sustainable office building dubbed One Bridgeland Green. The development will service nearby residents of the district’s already developed apartment complex Starling at Bridgeland, which opened in 2022, and its 150-unit townhome community Highland Homes. Village Green is part the community’s larger urban district, Bridgeland Central, which will feature parks and green spaces and entertainment venues.   Learn more about living in Houston. 
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