Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, is home to a population of 6.5 million residents. Of those citizens, 35.5 percent of the population over the age of 25 have attained their associate degree or higher. The Greenspoint District’s labor pool consists of those people living within a 31-minute drive time. That amounts to a population of 2.6 million potential employees for companies in Greenspoint.
The Houston region is extremely well interconnected. This is especially true for the Greenspoint District. The District is strategically positioned within Houston at the crossroads of Interstate 45, which heads north to Dallas, and the North Sam Houston Parkway, which makes a 92-mile loop around the City of Houston. The District’s location also provides access to three other critical north-south corridors (U.S. 290, Interstate 69 and the Hardy Toll Road.) This connectivity allows those working in Greenspoint to access residential communities in Houston as well as every other business center in the region within a convenient and prompt drive time. The District is close to the major suburban living communities like Kingwood (21 miles), The Woodlands (18 miles), Champions Forest (17 miles), and Atascosita (16 miles). Downtown is also just 13 miles away while first-rate shopping in the Galleria is only 19 miles away.
Houston also benefits from being the home of the nation’s fifth best airport among U.S. airports with scheduled non-stop domestic and international service. IAH is just six miles ( a 10-minute drive) from the District. The airport, with more than 650 daily departures, offers nonstop service to 116 U.S. destinations, and nearly 70 direct and nonstop flights to international destinations.
Shipping is also a big component of the Houston economy and landscape thanks to the Port of Houston, the tenth largest port in the world which ranks first in the U.S. in international waterborne tonnage handled, and second in total cargo tonnage handled.
Because of the number of people from different backgrounds calling Houston home, the region is also home to world-class medical, cultural and educational facilities.
The Texas Medical Center (TMC) is the world’s largest medical complex. TMC, 18 miles from Greenspoint, is currently home to:
- 21 hospitals
- 13 support organizations
- eight academic and research institutions
- six nursing programs
- three public health organizations
- three medical schools
- two universities
- two pharmacy schools
- one dental school
More than seven million patients come to the Center for its services, including 16,000 international patients, per year.
The Houston Theater District, 15 miles from Greenspoint, is second only to New York City in the number of performing arts theater seats and is home to a symphony, opera and ballet. Over 20 museums and 60 art galleries are located in the region. Nineteen of those museums are located in the Houston Museum District, just 18 miles from the Greenspoint District.
More than 315,000 students are enrolled in more than 500 degree and certification programs at 100-plus colleges, community colleges, technical and trade schools in the Houston region. The greater Houston area has 14 major institutions of higher learning including:
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Houston Baptist University
- Houston Community College System
- Lone Star College
- Prairie View A&M University
- Rice University
- Sam Houston State University
- San Jacinto College
- South Texas College of Law
- Texas Southern University
- University of Houston
- University of Houston – Clear Lake
- University of Houston – Downtown
- University of St. Thomas
- University of Texas Health Science Center
This story originally ran in the May edition of Site Solutions, Greenspoint District’s bimonthly newsletter featuring stories about business deals as well as company news from the District’s office, industrial and data center community. To subscribe to this bimonthly newsletter, click here.