Everyone's heard the stereotype: it's all cowboys, cactus, and cattle. While those Texas roots are strong, Houston will surprise you with everything it has to offer. The ten-county region is the largest city not only in Texas but the whole Southern United States. Here the grass is green, landscaping is lush and the tree canopy is thick and widespread. It's the perfect mix of Southern greenery and urban sophistication. Known as the Bayou City, the Houston metro area—the sixth largest in the nation—is crisscrossed by a number of bayous, many of them flowing into Buffalo Bayou, the site of the city's birthplace in the downtown area.
Choose from a wealth of living options in every style, location, and price range. When you decide to call Houston home, you’ll discover an extraordinarily large number of housing choices—from gated master-planned communities to near-town bungalows, family-friendly suburban neighborhoods to trendy downtown lofts, and rent or lease options large and small. No matter what your style or taste, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Houston’s oldest neighborhoods lie near the central business district downtown.
Houston is one of a handful of cities in the United States that can boast major symphony, ballet, opera and theater companies of worldwide acclaim. In fact, the downtown Theater District—which includes the Alley Theater, Jones Hall, the Hobby Center and the Wortham Center—contains more seating capacity than is available in any other city except New York. Thanks to the Society for the Performing Arts, Houstonians routinely have access to some of the world’s best musical, dance, and theatrical talent.
The Houston sports scene has something for every fan. NFL football with the Houston Texans. NBA basketball with the Houston Rockets. Major League Baseball with the Houston Astros. MLS soccer with the Houston Dynamo. Plus college football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, tennis, and volleyball with the University of Houston Cougars and the Rice University Owls of Conference USA and the Texas Southern University Tigers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Of all the things that make living in Houston so enjoyable, high on the list are the city and county parks. Whether you’d like to relax beside a tranquil lake as ducks glide silently by, jog amid an urban forest of tall pines, kayak down a freshwater bayou with glistening skyscrapers as a backdrop, or take the family for a picnic and listen to live music, you can do it in Houston—practically year-round.