Cost of Living
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Cost of Living
Affordability Has Its Rewards

Houston has the second lowest cost of living among the nation's 10 most populous metropolitan areas. Houston's overall after-taxes living costs are 1.8 percent below the U.S. average.

Growth in Pay, Population and Employment
Move In and Move Up

Lots of things are growing in Houston: our employment numbers, the numbers of fellow Houstonians, and the size of Houstonians' paychecks are all on the increase. In fact, Houston leads the nation in population growth. Good things happen when the opportunities are limitless.

Employment Growth

From 2006 to 2016, employment grew by 5.9 percent in the U.S. while employment grew by 24 percent in Houston.

Pay Growth

On average in 2014, adults with bachelor's degrees earn 13.6 percent more in Houston than their counterparts elsewhere in the U.S. Median earnings of a bachelor's degree holder in the U.S. is $50,515, while the median earnings of a bachelor's degree holder in Houston is $57,366. The median earnings of a graduate or professional degree holder in the U.S. is $66,944 while the median earnings of a bachelor's degree holder in Houston is $75,700.

Household Income Growth

In 2014, average household income in Houston was 14.2 percent above the U.S. average. The average household income in the U.S. is $75,591 while the average household income in Houston is $86,296.

A City Full of Cheer

Whether you're an avid or casual sports fan, having a team in town is important. Few other places offer the depth of pro and college sports teams available in Houston.

Pro Football Pro Basketball Pro Baseball Pro Soccer
Houston Texans Rockets Astros Dynamo
Atlanta Falcons Hawks Braves -
New York Giants and Jets Knicks and Nets Yankees and Mets Red Bulls and NY City F.C.
Los Angeles Rams Clippers and Lakers Dodgers Galaxy
D.C. Redskins Wizards Nationals D.C. United
Chicago Bears Bulls Cubs and White Sox Fire
San Francisco 49ers Golden State Warriors Giants and Jets -
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Dallas Cowboys Mavericks Rangers FC Dallas
Boston Patriots Celtics Red Sox Revolution
Miami Dolphins Heat Marlins -
Minneapolis Vikings Timberwolves Twins -
Charlotte Panthers Hornets Knights -
The Weather
Houston's Tropical Climate

Houstonians can play golf year-round. And outdoor swimming is comfortable nine months out of 12. We love our tropical climate. When others are thawing out, we're enjoying the full bloom of spring.