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Forbes Ranking

March 2013

Houston once again is ranked among the top cities in America by Forbes – this time, at No. 2 for “Best Cities for Good Jobs.” According to Forbes, Houston’s rank is based upon a five-year expected annual job-growth rate of 2.6 percent, per capita income of $42,804 and 6 percent unemployment.

This news comes on the heels of other recent – and impressive – rankings of Houston by Forbes such as these:

  • No. 2 among the 20 “Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas in the United States” (January 2013)
  • No. 5 spot as one of the “Cities Where People Earn the Biggest Paycheck” (December 2012).
  • No. 8 among “Fastest Growing Cities in the United States” (March 2013) and “New Tech Hot Spots” (January 2013)
  • No. 2 among “Best Cities for Female Entrepreneurs” (October 2012)
  • No. 1 among “America’s Coolest Cities to Live,” “Big Cities Where Self-Employment is Growing the Fastest” and “Cities Where Paychecks Stretch the Furthest” (July 2012)
  • No. 2 for “Best Big City for Jobs” (May 2012)
  • No. 3 as “Top City with the Most Construction Underway” (March 2012)

It’s a challenge to keep up with Houston’s outstanding accolades and rankings because, quite frankly, our city is consistently earning high rankings by numerous media, organizations and research studies. You can see most of them by visiting the Greater Houston Partnership website’s “ratings and rankings page.” A sampling of other No. 1 rankings for Houston: Top Metros of 2012 by Site Selection Magazine; Fastest Real GDP Growth Among Large MSAs by Bureau of Economic Analysis; Most Multifamily Construction – Houston MSA by AXIOMetrics Inc.; and Best Cities for Your Career in 2013 by We should also note, these are No. 1 rankings that have come out so far this year, and we’re only in April!