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"The Lone Star State makes a triumphant return as America’s Top State for Business—its third time at the top of our rankings." CNBC

The Houston region's location provides significant transportation and cost advantages for companies serving markets in the U.S. and in Mexico. The Houston region's centralized location is one of many reasons why the region ranks second in U.S. corporate headquarters for Fortune 500 companies.

The region is ideally situated for world trade and has the infrastructure in place to deliver products and services around the world. Houston's economy is diverse with over eight key industries, and the region possesses a highly-trained and highly-skilled workforce to get business done.

Situated along Texas' Gulf Coast, this thriving economic region boasts of a talented and highly-skilled workforce, top-quality universities, the largest medical center on Earth, an ever-growing energy sector and the space to allow your business grow and prosper.

The Houston region is home to the Port of Houston, ranking number one in the U.S. in terms of foreign tonnage and second in total tonnage.

Houston has a world-class transportation infrastructure, including the Houston Airport System, which ranks fourth in the country and sixth globally for multi-airport systems. More than 700,000 rail cars pass through the region annually, carrying a wide range of products, from processed foods to plastics to a score of other manufactured goods.

Houston has 575.4 miles of highways and expressways, with more than 1,100 trucking companies moving goods along them every day.

Houston is also home to:

  • 94 consulate offices
  • 22 foreign banks, representing 12 nations
  • More than 790 foreign-owned firms
  • Around 400 Houston-area companies with offices in 129 foreign countries