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Houston ranks No. 1 on Kiplinger's Top Ten Cities 

The July issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks its 10 best cities based on the quality of living for singles, professionals, families, empty-nesters and retirees. The magazine's list contains "places where creative people like you will thrive," and Rice's home, Houston, has proven itself just that. 
"Creative class workers - scientists, engineers, educators, writers and artists — just gives a city a certain sizzle that adds that extra something that you wouldn't get [elsewhere]," Kiplinger's Jane Bennett Clark said.
"I found that Houston had a lot of energy, and I just found that there seemed to be an excitement in Houston that was a sense of possibility."

The news came as a pleasant shock to Rice sociology professor Stephen Klineberg, who, like many Houstonians, has never seen Houston on any top destination list.

"It's really surprising. Very interesting. Potentially a beautiful sign of a city doing the right kinds of things to position itself for success in this new economy."

And this economy may just be the reason Houston is now making its mark and getting noticed. But Houstonians know there's even more the city has to offer than a great cost of living that will keep the city in the spotlight.

"Houston has been largely ignored and unknown by the rest of the country, and this may be a very positive first sign of growing recognition of what we Houstonians have always known, that this is a very special place," Klineberg said.

"People outside of Houston have traditionally seen the city as an unattractive place … and maybe, just maybe, this is a first sign of a city coming into its own in the broader consciousness of Americans."


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