Houston is the most diverse city in Texas and has been described as the most diverse city in the United States.
Among the five most populous metropolitan areas in Texas, Houston stands out for having no racial/ethnic majority and nearly equal percentages of the two largest race/ethnic groups (Latinos and Anglos).
Houston is the most racially/ethnically diverse city of the 10 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, even surpassing New York City and Los Angeles.
Harris County alone welcomes about 30 of every 1,000 refugees that the U.N. resettles anywhere in the world - more than any other American city, and more than most nations. If Houston were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for refugee resettlement.
Houston has a welcoming environment, affordable cost of living, and great economy. It is a melting pot for different cultures, all of which make it an ideal city for refugee resettlement.
1. Kinder Institute for Urban Research & the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas report: "Houston Region Grows More Racially/Ethnically Diverse, With Small Declines in Segregation A Joint Report Analyzing Census Data from 1990, 2000, and 2010"
2. Houston Chronicle article: "City of Refugees: How Houston became a resettlement magnet"