Since Houston’s founding by two entrepreneurs, the Allen brothers, it has become recognized as one of the best cities in the world to live, work and play. What do you need to know about Houston as you’re making the decision of where to study?
- We’re the fourth largest city in the United States. Houston is diverse, too. The demographics here are already where the U.S. demographics are projected for 2060.
- In comparison to the U.S. population, Houston seems a little younger, with about 45 percent of residents between the ages of 25 and 54. The rest (37 percent) is under 25 or 55 and older (18 percent).
- We have the fourth largest Hispanic population in the country, and we’re the U.S. gateway to Latin America.
- Houston is the headquarters for 18 Fortune 500 companies and is the energy capital of the world.
- We’re the #1 U.S. port city and #2 in the nation for consulates. We’re also #5 in the country for financial services.
- From December 2007 to December 2008, the Houston metro area had the fastest job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate in January 2009 was 6.5 percent, compared to figures in the double-digits elsewhere (Michigan – 12.5 percent, Oregon – 12.1 percent, South Carolina – 11. 4 percent, California – 11. 2 percent, North Carolina – 10.4 percent).
The rest of the world is taking notice of Houston, with Forbes naming it #2 on its list of the Best Cities for Jobs, #9 on the list of Best Bargain Cities, and #3 on the list of Best Cities for Young Professionals.
From the Midwest to the Pacific, job seekers are heading to Texas, especially Houston, to ride out the economic downturn. The declines here have been nothing compared to other states, according to author Joel Kotkin, who analyzed U.S. Labor Department statistics for the Forbes “Best Cities for Jobs” report.
Why University of Houston?
Houston is also home to the University of Houston, the city’s premier metropolitan university. Here are just a few reasons to become a Cougar.
- UH dominates higher education delivery in the Gulf Coast region.
- The university is a model of the new metropolitan college, meeting both the workforce development needs of the region and nation, and the broader needs of the world.
- We’ve got a vast network of alumni support, with 150,000 alumni living in the greater Houston area. The university boasts 3,500 alumni CEOs.
- This is the most ethnically diverse research university in the country, with a student population of 35,000.
- We have 1,800 faculty in 12 colleges and offer 109 bachelor’s degrees, 131 master’s degrees and 51 doctoral degrees.