Houston ranked America's Coolest City

Houston is topping a new list from Forbes Magazine -- America's Coolest Cities to Live.

"Wow! Congratulations to us," Houstonian Reuben Lucas said.

The Bayou City may not be the first place you associate with being hip or trendy, but our city has something many other major cities don't -- jobs.

With many cities in a recession, Houston experienced a 2.6 percent job growth last year and nearly 50,000 Americans flocked to the Bayou City in response, particularly young professionals.

The median age of a Houston resident is 33 years old.

Over the past decade, our cityscape 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.

Combine that with our strong theater scene, world-class museums and a multicultural, zoning-free mash-up of a streetscape and you have the recipe for the No. 1 spot on Forbes' list of America's Coolest Cities To Live.

"It has the best restaurants, people," said Matt Lee. "I moved from California to here 10 years ago and it's a lot more awesome than there."

"It's got to be the atmosphere," Lucas said. "A lot of different clubs, a lot of different cultures -- Asian, African, every flavor in Houston."

You can see the entire list on Forbes' website by clicking here.

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