Houston residents should feel validated by knowing they actually live in one of the best places on earth. Houston ranks 66th among the world’s top cities, according to a new 2024 report by marketing firm Resonance Consultancy. It’s the same company that declared H-Town the ninth best city in America in June.
Resonance analyzed 400 destinations around the world and scored them based on a combination of metrics that fall into three categories: livability, loveliness, and prosperity. The company considered factors such as mobility, infrastructure, attractions, culture, educational background, and local economy as part of its methodology.
The usual suspects dominated the top three spots: London, Paris, and New York City, but the list gave a nod to Houston as an “increasingly coveted home for the brightest.” Besides Texas, her only two other cities made the top 100 list. Houston may have fallen behind Austin (43rd), but it still did better than Dallas (73rd).
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According to the report, Houston has a reputation as a cultural center. In addition to annual holiday celebrations such as Juneteenth and the International Festival, the city is also poised to welcome America’s first Ismaili Center, a place of worship that can host social and educational events . The project was commissioned by His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, and has been hailed as one of Houston’s biggest upcoming developments, according to Catherine Feather of the Houston Chronicle. It is said that there is.
“Austin may steal the show, but the Lone Star State’s promise to attract Californians and New Yorkers is quietly being fulfilled in Houston,” Resonance analysts wrote in a report. “Over the past year, domestic and international immigration has increased the metro population to more than 7 million people, and the city is now one of the most ethnically diverse large cities in America, according to the latest census figures. More than 145 languages are spoken in the country, along with New York.”
Resonance also recognized Houston’s contributions to the aerospace industry, particularly the access provided by the city’s commercial spaceport. “This is a great opportunity for the city to build a cluster of locally manufactured aerospace companies, especially given that the spaceport could eventually serve as a take-off point for passenger planes capable of flying at supersonic and hypersonic speeds. It’s amazing that we got such a head start.”