Houston Named Among Best Cities for Young Families
A recent study placed Houston in the Top 5 Cities for Young Families in 2016, out of 156 U.S. metros. The study, published by ValuePenquin, is based on 16 elements, including unemployment rates, the cost of buying a home or renting, school quality, weather and recreation. The researchers included a variety of other economic considerations and quality of life factors when judging each city.
Austin and Houston claimed the #1 and #2 spots, respectively. The top five cities are rounded out by Raleigh, N.C.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Dallas.
Houston scored particularly well in the following categories:
- Affordable cost of living for working parents
- Better-than-average affordability for buying or renting a home
- Lower property taxes than national average
- Quality and accessibility of education
- Recreational activities/outdoor recreation
In the Houston Energy Corridor, we offer an excellent quality of life for young families. Our school districts include the Katy Independent School District, which has received the highest possible quality rating by the Texas Education Agency. Katy ISD offers an outstanding instructional program with facilities, equipment and materials that are among the best in the state.
Our area is also served by the Spring Branch Independent School District. Nineteen schools within the Spring Branch ISD have earned “Blue Ribbon” designation from the U.S. Department of Education. District SAT and ACT scores rank consistently higher than state and national averages.
Houston Energy Corridor high schools include Stratford High School, which received a Silver ranking by U.S. News & World Report for academic excellence. The Westchester Academy for International Studies offers International Baccalaureate Diplomas.
The Energy Corridor features plenty of outdoor recreation, with 26,000 acres of parks and green space, and 50 miles of trails. Houston’s world-class zoo, museums, theaters, and other major attractions are within easy reach. We also have plenty of shopping and dining close to home!
Let us be your guide to wonderful homes in the Houston Energy Corridor! We will be happy to provide you with local market insights, current sales trends and community information. Contact us today for your home buying consultation!
KW Energy Corridor Team
11757 Katy Fairway | Suite 930
Houston, TX 77079