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A WalletHub study published in 2021 crowned Houston the most diverse city in the United States. So it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Bayou City ranks among the top cities in the country for black professionals.

A new ranking compiled by black employees of Apartment List places Houston as the 4th best city for black professionals. Apartment List employees judged 82 cities in four categories:

  • Business environment for black professionals. Houston ranks third.
  • Black community and representation. Houston ranks fourth.
  • Economic opportunities for black professionals. Houston ranks seventh.
  • Housing opportunities for black professionals. Houston ranks 20th.

Apartment List combined the scores from each of these categories to come up with an overall score for each city. Houston’s final score was 63.8, with 100 being the highest possible score. The company released the rankings in conjunction with Black History Month.

Apartment List praises Houston’s performance in three of four categories, but criticizes the city for its relatively low housing opportunity score. The website points out that 42% of black households in Houston spend more than 30% of their income on housing.

In praising Houston’s environment for black professionals, Apartment List cites the city’s large black population (22.6%), its representation in critical professions (about one-fifth of teachers and doctors are blacks) and the presence of Texas Southern University, an HBCU. Additionally, the apartment listing notes that a large portion of businesses in Houston are black-owned.

In 2016, black business The magazine dubbed Houston the nation’s “next great black business mecca.”

In one Article 2019 on Medium, digital marketer and Los Angeles native Shameen Yakubu ranked Houston second on his list of six cities he considered moving to as a black professional. (San Antonio was at the top of his list, and his LinkedIn Profile indicates he lives there now.) Yakubu cited Houston’s large black population, diversity, and affordability as some of the factors in favor of the city.

“One of the things that [attracts] me in Houston is the number of [Black] professionals and entrepreneurs. Texas, in general, is a very business-friendly state,” Yakubu wrote.

Three other Texas cities join Houston in the Apartment List top 10:

  • San Antonio, No. 3, final score of 66.08.
  • Dallas, No. 5, final score of 60.6.
  • Austin, No. 9 (tie), final score of 57.1.

In descending order, here are the top 10 cities for black professionals, according to Apartment List:

  • washington d.c.
  • Atlanta
  • San Antonio
  • Houston
  • dallas
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Lakeland, Florida
  • Orlando Florida
  • Austin (tie)
  • Baltimore (tie)