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Houston Climbs Six Spots from 2021 Ranking to 11 on the 2022 List of America’s Best Cities

Buffalo Bayou Park Skyline
Buffalo Bayou Park Skyline
Buffalo Bayou Park Skyline (Houston First Corporation photo)

Houston, Texas makes it to 11th ranking of this year’s 100 America’s Best Cities list by Resonance Consultancy. The U.S.’s fifth largest city with a metro population of 7.12 million climbed six spots from the 2021 ranking, achieving high marks for diversity, culture, education and its expansive culinary scene. Houston is also ranked #4 for Fortune 500 companies located here.

In the past year, domestic and international immigration has upped the metro population with an increase of almost 300,000. And they are more educated at #48, an increase of five spots since 2020 and more international with an increase of two spots to #8 for foreign-born population. More than 145 languages are spoken at home according to the latest census. This number is close to that of New York.

Buffalo Bayou Park Police Memorial (Chris Multop photo)

 “The quality of life we have in Houston is second to none and the data we receive from placements such as America’s Best Cities further reaffirm the strength and resiliency that has come to define this great city of ours,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Houston also ranks #7 for Culture and #4 for Restaurants for being a big ethnically diverse city. Food halls such as Railway Heights and POST Houston to elevated Mexican at Chivos, Casa Nomad and Urbe have launched post-pandemic. So be sure to check out the restaurant scene when you visit Houston.

“Over the past 12 months, Houston has been catapulted onto the global stage, leading to a wave of curiosity, interest, and desire to explore from both locals and visitors alike,” Houston First Corporation President and CEO Michael Heckman said. “The city’s rich tapestry of culture also creates a welcoming environment, one where visitors can be themselves and feel like a local. We are pleased this latest report reflects the unique qualities that make Houston such an appealing destination.”

Houston First Corporation is a local government corporation and the official destination marketing organisation. It operates the George R. Brown Convention Centre and some of Houston’s most prominent art, entertainment and event venues. By harnessing the city’s collective energy, ambition, and creativity, including its diverse culinary scene, world-renowned performing arts, medical and space innovation, and elite filming locations, HFC is solidifying Houston as a premier national and global destination.


The Top 20 America’s Best Cities 2022

New York City tops the list. The top 10 America’s Best Cities this year is dominated by cities in California with Los Angeles taking the lead followed by San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose. Texas states have the three cities in the 11 to 20 list that include Houston, Dallas and Austin.

  1. New York, NY
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Washington, DC
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Las Vegas, NV
  8. San José, CA
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Miami, FL
  11. Houston, TX
  12. Seattle, WA
  13. Atlanta, GA
  14. Dallas, TX
  15. Austin, TX
  16. Orlando, FL
  17. Denver, CO
  18. Honolulu, HI
  19. Philadelphia, PA
  20. Phoenix, AZ

About Best Cities

Best Cities is an exclusive ranking of the world’s top urban destinations conducted each year by Resonance Consultancy, a global group of leading advisors in tourism, real estate and economic development.

Resonance ranks U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of more than 500,000 using a combination of statistical performance and qualitative evaluations by locals and visitors. The research team then gathers extensive data on the rise of those destinations, the key trends that propel their growth, and factors that shape perception of that city as it relates to visitation, investment, and livability.

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