Moving Up the Charts

A new article in the Houston Business Journal claims that a new report named Houston the 7th most competitive city in the nation and the 23rd most competitive city in the world.

Ya think?

The report ranked us in a number of categories as well as overall. We ranked high for economic strength and “human capital” (a somewhat disturbing term). Basically, we attract the best talent in the world to our job pool, something the report assigns a lot of weight. And I think we can all agree that economic strength is a major plus when the rest of the country, and much of the world, is struggling economically.

However, there are some areas where we still rank low, including environmental hazards and global appeal. The perception of Houston outside the city can be quite critical. Many outsiders still think we’re a bunch of bolo-wearing, gun-toting, truck-driving, greedy maniacs. But this is obviously not the case. But even this persona cannot deter the masses when there are jobs to be had.

This recent article in Houston CultureMap confirms that Houston is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after cities in the country, namely because of its strong economy and job prospects. Prepare yourself for some very important research findings:

U-Haul claims Houston is the No. 1 city in the country for relocation.

When it comes to moving people, U-Haul definitely knows their stuff. After all, this is their business. And according to their numbers, they’re moving more people to Houston than any other city. Since we know the climate and air quality aren’t attracting people, it must be the great job prospects and earning potential. Houston beat out several cool cities, like Chicago and Vegas.

If you’re a long-time Houstonian, why do you continue to make Houston your home? And if you’re a transplant, what inspired you to make the move?

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