The city of Houston covers 620 square miles,” he says. “You could put inside the city limits of Houston, simultaneously — I kid you not — the cities of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit.”
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Noting the addition of a million people in 10 years, Glaeser says the city succeeds “by providing middle-income Americans with a really astonishingly high quality of life.”
Among the town’s advantages are an average work commute of less than 30 minutes and low housing costs. The National Association of Realtors puts the city’s average home price at around $150,000, Glaeser says. Other perks include a lack of state income tax and a vibrant restaurant scene.
Granted, it’s likely you’ll have to drive 45 minutes to get form on restaurant to the next.