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Houston Methodist has earned worldwide recognition since it opened its doors in 1919. As a private, adult teaching hospital affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University, it offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. The hospital, one of only a handful in Texas recognized by The Best Hospitals in America, is among the country's largest non-profit health care providers. Its medical staff, meanwhile, include dozens of physicians listed in The Best Doctors in America. Living in Houston is great. We offer affordable living, extraordinary education access and a major metropolitan experience. Grocery prices are 25% below the national average, and goods and services are 13% below. Housing costs are 13% below the national average. There are award-winning school districts and 14 institutions of higher learning. We are the 4th largest city in the U.S. Houston is also ranked by AAA as the most pet-friendly city in the U.S.Economically, Houston is strong! 26 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered here. Employment in Houston grows at twice the national rate. We boast the largest medical center in the world. Houston is also home for the U.S. space operations, NASA. We are also the national center for the international energy industry. Finally, The Port of Houston is the largest foreign commercial seaport in the nation and 6th largest in the world. Houston is an incredible place to play. We offer world-class stadiums that provide excellent seating for professional and collegiate sports; including football, basketball, soccer, hockey and more. We are home to over 500 arts groups and has resident drama, ballet, opera, and orchestral companies. We are a multicultural and diverse city with more than 1 in 5 residents being foreign born. Shopping in Houston caters to every taste; from boutique experiences on one end, dozens of area shopping centers and malls, to the nationally famous Houston Galleria complex, there is something for everyone. The wide variety of restaurants is unparalleled. We offer every type of dining experience; from American to Mexican, Italian to French, casual to five-star, and the seafood and steaks are some of the best in the nation. Also, Houston ranks #1 in parkland acreage for major metro cities, including 165 golf courses. The quick 45 mile drive from downtown Houston to Galveston Island is another huge plus. Major cruise lines can be boarded out of the Houston and Galveston areas. Urban living is excellent. The downtown area offers a diversity of lifestyle options. The central location remains a favorite choice for urban professionals, empty nesters, traveling families, reverse commuters and executives searching for the low-maintenance and uncomplicated existence that it offers. The variety of lifestyle choices range from loft-style, contemporary and traditional mid and high-rise to town homes, apartments, patio homes and restored historic homes, many of which are designed to accommodate and encourage pedestrian activities. Country living is also an option with close proximity to the Houston area. Whether you are seeking a small “ranchette” or a vast country spread, it is hard to resist the allure of the nearby countryside. It features wooded landscapes of oak, pecan and pine trees. With easy accessibility to major highways, expect a carefree way of life.