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May 13, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Houston: City of the Year?

Fast Company has named Houston their city of the year. Why?:

“Houston is a mix of the wild, wild West and the most sophisticated global community in the world,” says Leisa Holland-Nelson, a native Houstonian.

We’re a diverse city of 2.1 million residents, with A-list universities, top museums, and the world’s largest and arguably best medical center. We have a vibrant business community and more Fortune 500 company HQs than any other city except New York, including food giant Sysco, Waste Management, and the expected oil-and-gas titans. Annise Parker became our mayor last year, making Houston the largest U.S. city ever to be run by an openly gay person.

This sense of opportunity, coupled with Houston’s affordability, might explain why, according to a Brookings study, Houston is one of the nation’s prime magnets for people ages 25 to 34.

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