The Creative Economy of Houston 1A Comprehensive Study of Creative Sector Industries and Their Impact On The Houston Economy
On the world economic stage, Houston is a big player. It is the fourth largest city in the United States, with a population of more than two million, and a 10-county regional population of approximately 6.1 million people, the country’s fifth largest metropolitan region. With the most recent national census, Houston is the country’s second fastest growing major metro area and is now the most culturally diverse city in the country. Among its assets are a global population, a talented and productive workforce, a comparatively reasonable cost of living and a good quality of life.
Urban expert Joel Kotkin touted Houston’s “successful 21st - century urbanism,” noting abundant opportunity due to lower taxes and inexpensive real estate relative to other major cities and a continued rise in white-collar, college-educated residents. In 2008, Houston was rated number one on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Best Cities report, and The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are only two of many national dailies recently reporting on Houston’s robust economy and growing profile as a leading 21st century city.
The following report, commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance and the University of Houston, examines that question, analyzing Houston’s creative economy and comparing its creative-business sector (for-profit and non-profit) with those in comparable American cities. The result is a new and compelling view of Houston as a city of great creative activity, employing many tens of thousands and generating billions in economic activity. At a time when the creative economies in other American cities have seen a constriction, this is the story of a city on the rise in creative economy output with potential of tremendous growth with the right investment.
KUHF: Houston's Creative Economy Outpaces Most Cities
KUHF: "The Arts and the Economy" Part 1: Jonathan Glus
Houston Chronicle: Study finds Houston has a growing creative community
CultureMap: Creative town: Arts types earn more in Houston than any other city — with a $9.1 billion impact
Houston Press: Houston Employs More Artists, Photographers Than Doctors
ARTINFO: City of Houston Comes Out on Top of Arts Growth Study Commissioned by Houston
Texas Cultural Trust: Editorial: Houston’s economics of creativity New thinking