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Houston Earns Top Placement in 2023 World’s Best Cities Ranking

Houston Earns Top Placement in 2023 World’s Best Cities Ranking

America’s fourth largest city hailed as “educated, diverse, and hard-working”


HOUSTON, TEXAS – Houston has been named one of the world’s best cities, according to a 2023 World’s Best Cities Report. Stirring global curiosity with its economic might and consistent presence on Google searches, the city ranked 42 out of 100 and is the highest-ranking Texas city on this year’s list. In total, only 25 U.S. cities earned selection to the 2023 report.


“Houston has been called a world in a city and a city of the world thanks to the rich culture and ethnically diverse backgrounds of our residents,” Houston First Corporation President and CEO Michael Heckman said. “To continually be recognized as one of the world’s most welcoming and diverse cities is something to be proud of and we invite all to discover for themselves what makes Houston such a great city to experience.”


Earlier this year, Houston was called “America’s stealthy powerhouse on the rise” after climbing six spots on the 2022 list of America’s Best Cities. In February, 13 Houston chefs were recognized by The James Beard Foundation and just this week, the city garnered global attention after the Houston Astros won the 2022 World Series for a second time, drawing in thousands of fans to the city over the course of the series.


The World’s Best Cities Report is an annual ranking conducted by Resonance, a leading advisor in tourism, real estate, and economic development.


Regarded as the world’s most thorough city ranking, findings in the report also quantify and benchmark the relative quality of place, reputation, and competitive identity for the world’s principal cities with metropolitan populations of 1 million+.


To learn more about the methodology and key statistics generated by Resonance or to view the complete 2023 list in its entirety, visit



About Houston First Corporation:
Houston First Corporation (HFC) is a local government corporation and the official destination marketing organization for the country’s fourth largest city. In addition to serving as operator for the George R. Brown Convention Center and some of Houston’s most prominent art, entertainment, and event venues, HFC is focused on promoting the city’s vibrancy and rich tapestry of culture. By harnessing the city’s collective energy, ambition, and creativity, including its diverse culinary scene, world-renowned performing arts, medical and space innovation, and elite filming locations, HFC is solidifying Houston as a premier national and global destination. For the latest news and info regarding HFC, visit