As the economy continues to improve, companies have started to reinvest in new projects and technologies in an effort to remain competitive. Consequently, these organizations are beginning to staff up, meaning the war for qualified talent in the IT sector is on the rise. Modis, a leading provider of information technology staffing, has identified a list of the top seven cities across the country to find IT jobs today, with Houston ranking as the best place to land an IT position. Read more.
Houston was recognized on a MarketWatch list of best cities for business in 2011, which measured unemployment rates, personal income growth, tourism and military contributions to local economies. Read more
The Lone Star State is No. 1 again on CNBC’s list of the best states for doing business, based on factors such as workforce, quality of life, economy, education and cost of living. Read more
(Kiplinger for yahoo.com – Jul 27, 2010)
Free from ties to kids or a mortgage, young adults can settle virtually anywhere they choose. So which place is best for you when the world is your oyster? Read more
(MainStreet.com – May 11, 2010)
MainStreet.com called Houston one of the top cities in the nation surviving the recent recession. The list highlighted Houston’s job growth forecast for the coming years and positive rankings for jobs from 2007 to 2009, during the height of the recession. Read more
(U.S. News & World Report – August 21, 2009)
U.S. News & World Report included Houston in its list of the best places in the country to find a job, citing its resiliency during the recent recession and the city’s thriving industries, including ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil. Read more
(Forbes.com – April 14, 2009)
Houston ranked #2 in the nation on the Forbes list for Best Big Cities for Jobs. The metro area didn’t see any single sector of employment rise dramatically in 2008, but modest growth across many categories, including natural resources, mining and construction, education and health services, and wholesale, prevented losses. Manufacturing jobs in the Houston area actually increased 2.3 percent, a surprising anomaly compared with most of the data available on job growth in America’s largest cities. Read more
(Forbes.com – July 9, 2008)
Forbes ranked Houston the #3 city for young professionals, citing its high concentration of the nation’s best geospace engineering firms, oil and gas operations companies, and oceanic exploration companies. Read more
(Forbes.com – May 13, 2009)
To determine which U.S. cities are the best bargains, Forbes looked at the country's 50 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas and metropolitan divisions--geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget used by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics.
We assigned points to metro regions across four data sets: Average salary for workers with a bachelor's degree or higher, from PayScale.com; annual unemployment statistics, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; cost of living, from Moody's Economy.com; and the Housing Opportunity Index, from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo, which measures the amount of homes sold in a given area that would be affordable to a family earning the local median income based on standard mortgage underwriting criteria. Read more
(Kiplinger’s Personal Finance – July 2008)
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance called Houston the “Comeback Kid” on this list of the best cities to live, work and play, citing its mixture of energy, aerospace, technology and medical careers available for residents as well as the city’s myriad museums and restaurants. The Houston metro area leads the nation in job growth, and its cost of living stands well below the national average, the magazine said. Houston topped Provo, Utah; Des Moines, Iowa; Sacramento, California; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Austin, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Boise, Idaho; Omaha, Nebraska; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
(Forbes.com – August 18, 2008)
This ranking heralded Houston’s dynamic business environment, low unemployment and high wages relative to cost of living. Forbes.com called Houston the American business hub for oil and commodities. Houston topped Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Dallas, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Minneapolis.
(BusinessWeek – June 12, 2008)
Houston is the best city in the country for workers to find a good job and a high standard of living, according to BusinessWeek. Houston scored high for careers in the oil and gas industry, as well as those in management, medicine, mechanical and civil engineering, finance, marketing, law and information technology. The magazine reported that job seekers in all sorts of careers have started streaming into Houston, where the unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in April, the lowest level in eight years, and where the job growth rate was 2.8 percent.
(Forbes.com – July 14, 2008)
Houston held the top position on the Best Cities to Buy a Home list produced by Forbes.com. The city’s booming energy industry and a growing entrepreneurial tech scene contributed to the ranking. Home prices are on the rise by 6.6 percent, and vacant homes have disappeared by 11.3 percent in the last two years, the Web site said. Houston topped Atlanta, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Charlotte, Dallas, San Antonio, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Austin.
(Forbes.com – June 26, 2008)
The list of Best Cities for Recent College Grads belongs to Texas, with Houston nabbing the first spot, followed by Dallas and Austin. Houston’s average starting salary of $44,100, for those with bachelor’s degrees is the second-highest in the nation, and the oil, technology and banking are booming, according to Forbes.com. Houston topped San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta, Seattle, Denver, Austin and Dallas.