H-Town ranks 42nd on the World’s 100 Best Cities list and is the highest ranked of the three named Texas cities.
HOUSTON – Houston has been named one of the best cities in the world, according to a 2023 report on the best cities in the world.
Space City landed at No. 42 on the Top 100 Cities list. It is the highest ranked of the three Texas cities to make the cut.
“Houston has been called a world in a city and a city of the world because of the rich culture and diverse ethnic backgrounds of our residents,” said Houston First Corporation President and CEO Michael Heckman. “To be continually recognized as one of the friendliest and most diverse cities in the world is something we can be proud of and invite everyone to experience for themselves what makes Houston such a great city to live in.”
Houston First’s Holly Clapham said the ranking is a source of pride for businesses and residents.
“One in four Houstonians was born in another country. You can’t have a sophisticated cosmopolitan city that doesn’t have great food, wonderful art, and great architecture – when you have the influence of so many different cultures, beauty is everywhere,” Clapham said.
The annual ranking is produced by Resonance, a leading tourism, real estate and economic development advisor. Here’s a snippet of what they had to say about Houston.
“Austin may attract attention, but the Lone Star State’s promise of attracting Californians and New Yorkers is quietly being realized in Houston. Over the past year, immigration both domestic and international has swelled the population metropolitan area of nearly seven million, an increase of nearly 300,000. And the people arriving are more educated and more international than before the pandemic. Houston is now one of the most diverse major U.S. cities on the ethnically, with more than 145 languages spoken at home, according to the latest census, roughly on par with New York.
The group said Houston ranked 26th for culture and 31st for restaurants.
Austin is trailing H-Town at 43 and Dallas is ranked 47th.
Only 25 US cities were selected and only New York made it into the top 10. First place went to London.
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