The stereotypes of the American South don’t apply in Houston, TX. The US’s fourth most populous city, Houston has a Black Democratic mayor and is about to join a lawsuit to prevent Texas’ anti-Sanctuary City law from coming into effect in September. With a massively pro-immigrant stance, Houston is home to the third largest illegal immigrant population in the US, and, as a Rice University paper recently reported, probably the most diverse city in the country.
“This biracial Southern city dominated by white men throughout all of its history has become, by many measures, the single most ethnically diverse major metropolitan area in the country,” a recent LA Times article quoted, continuing that in Houston, “minorities are no longer seen as outsiders.”
The largest city in the state, it has seen the source of its wealth shift from oil to aeronautics, healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing: the “Space City” hosts more Fortune 500 headquarters than any other US municipality. Together these changes in its economy and its demographics have made Houston into what many consider to be the American city of the future.
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