Just how awesome is Houston, and why should you live here? We've reviewed the best things about living in Houston for you.

If Houston listed its top 10 traits on a dating profile, it might read something like this:

  1. Loves Dogs

Houston understands your four-legged friends are more than just pets. They’re family. Living in a pet-friendly city opens more opportunities for bonding with your pup! Play fetch on sunny days at the Millie Bush Dog Park, one of dozens in the area. Go for a dip to beat the Texas heat at Rummy's Beach Club, featuring a private pool where dogs can splash and paddle to their heart's content. And end the day with a meal at one of the many restaurants that welcomes humans andtheir canine companions.

Houston Dogs
  1. Also Loves Food – A Lot

When you live in a city that spans 627 square miles, it's no struggle to find mouth-watering food that will have your taste buds singing in joy. From chain restaurants to local watering holes, early morning coffee at Inversion Coffee House to brunch at Snooze , and fine dining to late night drinks, Houston has it all. Representing more than 70 cultures, the 10,000 restaurants Houston harbors means you won’t be running out of options anytime soon.

  1. Lives Life to the Fullest

There’s always something to do, which is definitely one of the best things about living in Houston. The largest pop culture festival in the city, Comicpaloozais a weekend gathering of fans and celebrities to meet and participate in a variety of activities. Get in touch with your artistic side at the Art Car Parade. Take a step back into the past at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Dig out those cowboy boots for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. And all year ‘round, NRG Parkand the Toyota Centerhost conventions, shows,and concerts (did I mention Houston is also Beyoncé’s hometown?) suited to a variety of tastes.

  1. Nerds Out About Space

Explore the wonders of our galaxy at Space Center Houston. This impressive museum (and who isn'timpressed by NASA) features artifacts and exhibits to tell the story of exploration and discovery. Take a tram tour around the NASA compound, catch a glimpse of the Saturn V rocket, and learn about the challenging work and dedication that makes blasting off into space possible. Maybe you’ll even leave the Johnson Space Center wondering what else (or who else) is out there...

NASA Houston
  1. Honestly Nerds Out About Everything

Indulge your intellectual side at the Houston Museum District. Composed of 19 museums organized into 4 walkable zones, there’s a plethora of information at your fingertips! Roam with dinosaurs at The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Feast your eyes on paintings, sculptures, and inspired installations at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Entertain tiny humans at the Children's Museum of Houston. And with 16 more to visit, you’re going to want to keep a checklist handy.

  1. Values Health & Wellness

The Texas Medical Centeris a miniature city itself. Located near the heart of Houston, TMC is the largest medical complex in the world, consisting of 21 renowned hospitals and several research institutions, public health organizations, medical schools, and more. It’s also home base for more than 20,000 medical professionals. (Fun fact: The first successful heart transplant procedure in the U.S. was performed right here in 1968.)

  1. Appreciates Nature and Fresh Air

Houston may be a thriving metropolitan area, but there's more to the city than skyscrapers and highways. Bask in the sun warming your skin and enjoy the grass tickling your feet while exploring more than 50,000 acres of park space. Hermann Parkis a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and it's also home to The Houston Zoo. For a nature walk that's less crowded, visit the Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Gardens; filled with exotic flowers, clear ponds, and walking trails. It's the perfect destination for relaxing downtime.

Houston Nature
  1. Appreciates Retail Therapy

If you love to shop, then prepare to drop. Houston boasts numerous retail venues that make even the most experienced shopper's heart skip a beat. Featuring three levels and over 200 stores, The Galleriaoffers a high-end, luxury shopping experience. Prefer a more laid-back atmosphere? Browse upscale boutiques and scrumptious food at the River Oaksand Highland Village shopping centers.

  1. Embodies Houston Team Spirit

Home to the talented Astros (MLB), Rockets (NBA), Dynamo (MLS), and Texans, Houston loves its sports. The city also boasts four super-powered stadiums that collectively hold over 150,000 fans. So, whether you prefer watching athletes hit home runs in America's favorite pastime or debating if soccer is football or football is soccer, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded fans.

  1. Embraces Diversity

Perhaps the most impressive aspect, and best thing about living in Houston, is the people. Culture thrives in this city; that’s home to more than 2 million Houstonians of different races and ethnicities. Living here means discovering different points of views, learning about traditions, and connecting with people from all walks of life. And as the 4thmost populous city in the nation, Houston is the place to meet new people every single day. The friendships you can forge are endless.

Houston Diversity

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