Wednesday, December 17, 2008

We're Number One! (2008) voted Houston the number one city in America to live. The following article is courtesy of Jane Bennett Clark (

After you read the article, check out some of the "My Houston" spots on past posts.

Population: 5,542,048
Population Growth Since 2000: 14.9%
Percentage of Workforce in Creative Class: 31.3%
Cost-of-Living Index: 88.1 (100 being national average)
Median Household Income: $50,250
Income Growth Since 2000: 13.1%

It's the city of big plans and no rules, beat-the-heat tunnels and loop-the-loop highways, world-class museums and wiry cowboys, humidity that demands an ice-cold martini and the biggest darn liquor store on the planet. How could you not love Houston?

You can hardly afford not to. Back with a roar after the oil bust of the 1980s, Houston has reclaimed its title as energy capital of the U.S. and added aerospace, technology and medical companies to the mix, generating more than 100,000 jobs in 2007. Not only does the Houston metro area lead the nation in job growth, but also its cost of living stands well below the national average. Housing prices run half those of other metro areas its size.

Houston's comeback didn't happen by accident. "Before the energy business returned, the city made the wise decision to invest in its downtown," says Guy Hagstette, who directs Discovery Green, a new 12-acre park in central Houston. Upgrades include an expanded convention center, a new stadium, a spiffed-up Main Street and a light-rail system.

Those improvements attracted couples and empty nesters, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Laura Van Ness, business director of Central Houston Inc., exchanged her 4,400-square-foot suburban house a few years ago for a condo within shouting distance of Houston's museums, theaters, sports venues and restaurants (and Spec's, the world's largest liquor store). She walks to work -- ducking into the pedestrian tunnels on steamy days -- and comes home to a building with a rooftop pool and spectacular views of the skyline. She could cook, but she doesn't. "When I have a party, I take my platter to the Four Seasons Hotel and have them put appetizers on it."


Anonymous said...

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Officer McCoy said...

Wow, Mrs. Herb...thank you very much. It is very easy to make HPD shine. Your son is one of the latest and greatest to join our ranks. I must tell you, from all I have heard he is a true policeman and seems to love his job. Thank you for the support and the kind words.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Herb,

I wanted to thank you for the nice comments. Although my exposure to him has been limited, your son Michael Herb has been a joy to work with. His enthusiasm and pride are unmeasured. This is indeed a famiy. Thank you for sharing him with us!


D.V. Barfield, Sergeant
Human Resources-Recruiting

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Officer McCoy said...

Thanks again, HPD is the "real thing" and I love to talk about it. I appreciate all the nice comments.

Tess Kincaid said...

Wow! Houston sounds like a nice place to live. Columbus is known for our outstanding library system, which is right up my alley.

Anonymous said...

You know, Houston really is a great place to live. I have lived here for 12 years and still love it. The best part is not getting snowed in for months at a time. The city is so spread out and it is easy to get around. Love the blog by the way...