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Houston Ranks 32 in 100 Best Cities in the World

Houston • Jan. 7, 2020

Houston (January 7, 2020) – “Smart, skilled and soulful, Houston is the American city of the future.” That is the description of Houston by Resonance Consultancy, a strategic business marketing, development and research company, which recently released its 2020 World’s Best Cities Ranking. Houston is ranked number 32 out of 100 cities around the world and is the highest ranking Texas city on the list.

The World’s Best Cities Ranking is based on original methodology and is considered to be the most comprehensive ranking system that exists because it uses the opinions of the people whose views matter most: visitors, investors, talent and residents. The program was developed to measure the relative quality of place, reputation and competitive identity for the world’s principal cities with metropolitan populations of one million or more. Bloomberg calls Resonance Consultancy’s Best Cities ranking, “the most comprehensive study of its kind; it identifies cities that are most desirable for locals, visitors, and businesspeople alike, rather than simply looking at livability or tourism appeal.” 

The ranking analyzes and compares 24 factors in six key categories using a combination of core statistics and online ratings and reviews, from TripAdvisor reviews, Facebook check-ins, Google searches and Google Trends. This helps cities understand their strengths and weaknesses through the lens of the people who visit and live in each city.

As the destination management organization for the city, Houston First is pleased to share these rankings by such a well-respected company and to know that we are moving in the right direction with our efforts to position Houston as a world-class destination for leisure and business travelers.

Also worth mentioning, Houston placed number 11 on Resonance Consultancy’s 2019 list of America’s Best Large Cities.

Houston First is proud of our city’s accomplishments in the past 24 months. Once the numbers have been verified for 2019, Houston is on target to exceed 2018’s record 22.3 million visits to the city in 2018 and set a new record for meetings and conventions with more than 800-thousand room nights booked in 2018. For more details of our successes go here.   


Houston First’s core mission is to position Houston as a world-class destination for business and leisure tourism.  In addition to marketing our region aggressively and contributing to enhanced quality of life in our City, Houston First also operates the city's finest convention and arts facilities. In 2014, Houston First and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau aligned operations to create a single voice representing the city under the brand Visit Houston. Houston First owns the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, manages the George R. Brown Convention Center and 10 city-owned properties and is a driving force in developing the new Avenida Houston entertainment district. Learn more at HoustonFirst.com and VisitHouston.com.