Houston

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
214/263
Details
Large apartment$1806.72
Medium apartment$1476.89
Rent index [score]0.50
Small apartment$1147.07

Cost of Living

5
143/261
Details
5km taxi ride$11.00
A Cappuccino$4.00
A beer$2.30
A kilogram of Apples$3.50
Bread$1.90
Inflation [score]0.51
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$42.00
Monthly public transport$54.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$76.91

Startups

8
28/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups41
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.75
Coworking spaces [score]0.63
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co26
Meetups [score]0.68
Meetups groups195
Meetups members69587
Number of investors232
Number of startup events in the last 12 months1321
Number of upcoming meetup events69
Startup climate scene [score]0.67
Startup events113
Startup events147
Startup events [score]0.80
Startups [score]0.85
Total number of startups652

Venture Capital

8
26/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesSURGE, NextHIT
Number of funding accelerators2
Venture capital [score]0.81

Travel Connectivity

4
80/260
Details
Airport hub176
Airport hub [score]0.76
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

4
238/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Houston
Traffic handling [score]0.36

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

3
254/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.31
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year11
Guns per 100 residents139
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.72
Lack of guns [score]0.33
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.53

Healthcare

6
167/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.33
Healthcare quality [score]0.84
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

5
55/230
Details
Best university in rankingRice University
Best university ranking87
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.26

Environmental Quality

5
177/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.38
Cleanliness [score]0.51
Drinking water quality [score]0.57
Urban greenery [score]0.53

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

5
109/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.43
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

7
53/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)61.01
Internet access (download) [score]0.84
Internet access (upload) [score]0.47
Upload speed (Mbps)10.62

Leisure & Culture

7
64/263
Details
Art galleries225
Art galleries [score]0.71
Cinemas125
Cinemas [score]0.79
Comedy clubs104
Comedy clubs [score]0.87
Concert venues230
Concerts [score]0.86
Historical sites180
Historical sites [score]0.70
Museums144
Museums [score]0.74
Performing art venues219
Performing arts [score]0.79
Sport venues183
Sports [score]0.88
Zoos72
Zoos [score]0.91

Tolerance

7
83/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index64.44
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.65
LGBT adoption rightsAmbiguous
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.72

Outdoors

5
83/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.13
Median peak in meters117.50
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)12.00
Water access [score]0.95
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Houston are in the 143rd place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,447$2,166
$1807
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$42
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$44
Monthly public transport$54
Lunch$13
-26%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$75,115
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
Moderate
7/10
Assault
Low
35/53
Theft
High
43/51
Robbery
High
39/46
Motor vehicle theft
Very High
28/29

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault-59%
  • Robbery-55%
  • Theft-33%

Gun crimes & Ownership

139.19
Guns per 100 people
10.50
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Houston in position 232 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green

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    • Professionals
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    Climate

    Average number of clear days per year

    91

    Climate type

    Humid Subtropical

    Average daily maximum temperature

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    On living in Houston

    Houston is a sprawling port city in Southeastern Texas. A recent oil boom and continuing international immigration has brought explosive growth to the city, and it is now the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States. While at first glance, the city appears to be a 9-5 central business district surrounded by a sea of suburbs and strip malls, there are many hidden gems to be discovered.

    The city has a number of districts. Historically, many of these districts were called "wards" and they tended to have distinct populations. Today, the lines are blurring and continual sprawl has created new districts, some with a distinct character.

    Houston has a character that, while very "Texan," is also a great melting pot of many cultures and socio-economic groups. You'll find well-to-do suburban mansions, LA-style shopping strips, Latin-American neighborhoods, towering skyscrapers, historic African-American neighborhoods fighting off gentrification, massive refinery complexes, large Asian communities, and pockets of artist communities. From October to May, the weather is relatively pleasant, and many restaurants and bars take advantage of it with plenty of outdoor seating and beautiful lighting. Houston's proximity to the Gulf of Mexico also makes it a lush, tropical paradise compared to the rest of Texas.

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