Forbes recently released its list of “America’s Coolest Cities,” and Houston, TX tops the list. Among the “cool” criteria that Forbes considered are median age, entertainment and recreational opportunities, non-chain restaurants, cultural composition, and unemployment rates.
According to Forbes, the list “favor[s] places with a large young adult population.” Houston grabbed the number one spot with a young median age of 33. Houston also offers many restaurants, art galleries, museums, and a strong theater scene.
Forbes also emphasized the strength of Houston’s economy: “With the local economy humming through the recession, Houston enjoyed a 2.6 percent job growth last year and nearly 50,000 Americans flocked there in response—particularly young professionals,” wrote Morgan Brennan, a Forbes staff writer.