Four other Texas cities – Dallas (No. 4), San Antonio (No. 11), Fort Worth (No. 13) and Austin (No. 19) made it into Forbes.com tally of the coolest places to live, among the nation's 65 largest metropolitan areas.
The ranking takes into account seven measureable aspects of cool, including entertainment options, green space, outdoor activity venues, the per capita number of non-chain restaurants and bars, and the cultural diversity of residents.
With a median age of 33, Forbes.com notes that, "Over the past decade, the dreary (Houston) corporate landscape has been quietly transforming. Stylish housing developments have popped up downtown, restaurants have taken up residence in former factories and art galleries like the Station Museum have been inhabiting warehouses."
Houston Chronicle columnist Ken Hoffman said;
"Thermometer aside, Houston is cool because we're everything to everybody," he says. "We have all the major sports and outdoor activities year 'round. Yet the arts community is thriving and there are jobs looking for smart people. We're the best city in ultra conservative Texas, and our mayor is an openly gay woman. Top that!"
Rounding out the top 10:
2. Washington, D.C.
3. Los Angeles
6. San Diego
8. Orange County
9. San Francisco
10. New York