Texas City has been a portal for the success of the Houston shipping industry for more than a century. Today, the busy deepwater Port of Texas City is known as the No. 3 port in Texas by tonnage and ninth in the nation. Texas City also is a treasure for outdoor enthusiasts. Windsurfers race along the waters of Galveston Bay and anglers can always find a spot along the Texas City Dike.Relaxed afternoons can be spent strolling Historic 6thStreet shops and boutiques or visiting the Texas City Museum. A host of seasonal parades, festivals and other events bring neighbors together frequently to enjoy the small-town ambiance.
Houston’s mix of Southern charm, cosmopolitan outlook and surprising affordability has turned the nation’s fourth largest city into the destination of choice for businesses and tourists. Boasting a robust economy, thriving fine and performing arts scene, professional sports teams, exceptional schools and world-class dining, the Bayou City rivals New York, Boston and San Francisco in terms of quality of life. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why Houston consistently rates in the top 10 on “Best of” lists.
Although Houston is known as “The Energy Capital of the World,” Houston also is a leader in the aerospace, engineering, research and health care industries. In 2015, Houston surpassed 3 million jobs for the first time in the region’s history, with jobs in the health care sector nearly doubling, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor. More than 3,000 Houston companies do business internationally and the city is now America’s top exporter, ahead of New York and Los Angeles. Among U.S. seaports, the Port of Houston ranks first in foreign tonnage. The Port of Texas City/ Texas City Terminal Railway Company is the eighth largest port in the United States and the third largest in Texas, with water borne tonnage exceeding 78 million net tons.
If Houston were a nation, it would rank as the world’s 25th largest economy. Half of the Fortune 500 companies have located their headquarters in Houston. The Houston metropolitan area was named one of the top metros in the nation for corporate relocations and expansions by Site Selection magazine in 2015.
Forbes magazine placed the city at the top of its 2015 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities. Forbes cites a 4.5 percent year-over-year job growth rate (the nation’s fastest), a median annual pay for college-educated workers that ranks fourth among large metro areas and an economy that grew 3.52 percent in 2014 as the reason for the city landing the top spot.