Living in the Urban Core: Redefining the Landscape of Houston’s Central Business District

Houston is unparalleled in leading the recovery from the Great Recession of 2008. For the twelve months ending September 2014, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Houston Metropolitan area gained 120,000 new jobs – an increase of 4.3 percent – well above the national 2.0 percent average gain. Nearly one-fifth of the area’s workers are employed in the Central Business District. Known for several decades as the worldwide headquarters of the energy industry, Houston is also attracting a much larger share than the rest of the country of graduating young professionals in the health, legal and manufacturing sectors.