For the second time, a report has analyzed the top markets in the United States for the rest of the world to do business in. This year, that top spot belongs to Houston.
The second annual FT-Nikkei Investing in America ranking, which came out this week from the Financial Times and international financial newspaper Nikkei, put the Bayou City — and six other Texas cities — at the top portion of the ranking. Houston’s at No. 1, up four spots from last year, but Austin and four cities in the Dallas area also claim spots in the top 20.
The report looked at four dozen metrics, including workforce and talent, quality of life, openness, business environment, investment trends, and more.
In addition to the ranking, the Financial Times dove a little deeper into what made Houston a standout this year, interviewing many of Houston’s most prominent business community members. The article points to the city’s storied past as an oil and gas leader, also calling out its busy airports and global shipping ports, as well as its medical technology and aerospace industries. But one of the biggest factors in Houston’s business climates success is its opportunity within the energy transition.
“We’re clear in Houston that if we’re going to continue to have prosperity — to the degree to define prosperity as job growth and wealth creation — it’s going to need to come from places other than the incumbent energy business.”
BOBBY TUDOR, ARTEMIS ENERGY PARTNERS CEO
Houston scored an overall 73 out of 100, and its scores across metrics in the report include:
– Workforce and talent: 68/100
– Openness: 80/100
– Business environment: 64/100
– Foreign business needs: 100/100
– Quality of life: 47/100
– Investment trends: 73/100
– Aftercare: 69/100
Last year’s top city was Miami, which ranks at No. 6 this year. Most of the top 10 cities in this year’s report represent major gains on the ranking. This report falls in line with others in terms of noticing a change within the green economy in Houston. Earlier this year, personal finance website SmartAsset ranked the Houston metro area as the fifth best place in the U.S. for green jobs, which pay an average of 21 percent more than other jobs. The SmartAsset study found that 2.23 percent of workers in the Houston area hold down jobs classified as “green.”