Houston combines the cosmopolitan feel of a big city with an easy-going, Southern vibe. Also known as “Space City,” as it is home to NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston features a thriving business sector, a top notch arts scene, professional sports, some of the best dining in the country, and plenty of outdoor activities. Without a doubt, living in apartments in Houston places you in one of the most exciting cities in the country.
As the country’s fourth largest city, business in Houston is booming. Uptown Houston alone is one of the largest business districts in the nation, with more than 26 million square feet of office space. The city’s business is rooted in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. Some of the region’s top employers include Marathon Oil, Phillips 66, Kinder Morgan, and General Electric. Houston is also home to a handful of colleges and universities, including the University of Houston, Rice University, and Texas Southern University. All three of these universities provide ample employment opportunities for educators and researchers.
Attractions and Things to Do
Consider Houston a shopper’s paradise. Perhaps its biggest claim to fame is The Galleria, Texas’ largest shopping mall. The Galleria has more than 375 stores, two hotels, tons of restaurants, and an ice rink. In nearby Uptown, there are more than 700 retailers, restaurants, and hotels located within just two square miles. Uptown Park and Highland Village are two outdoor shopping alternatives if you don’t feel like trekking through The Galleria.
Even more entertainment options await you beyond the limits of Uptown. Spend the day strolling through a museum in the city’s Museum District, or catch a performance in the Theater District, which is a 17-block area with 15 performing arts organizations and venues. The Bayou Place, an entertainment complex complete with restaurants, bars, music venues and parks, is another popular attraction. But of all of these attractions, no one living in Space City is truly a resident until he or she visits Space Center Houston, the official visitors’ center of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Try out the shuttle simulator and explore the interactive exhibits.
Driving is Houston’s most popular method of transportation. The city has an extensive freeway system, with a hub-and-spoke roadway structure comprised of more than 700 miles of freeways and expressways, but it’s also known to be one of the most congested places to drive in the country. Consider public transportation for your commute to work or on a night out. METRO, Houston’s transit authority, operates bus and rail service that serve downtown Houston and the surrounding suburbs. METRO plans to eventually expand its light rail service by creating an Uptown Line that will serve Uptown and run down Post Oak Boulevard.