About Houston

Business Overview - Economy and Trade

Port of Houston Photo Houston is home to a thriving business economy that has rapidly diversified from its strong energy base. This economic diversification includes growth in high-technology industries, medical research, health care and professional services.

Today, the Houston economy is based on a broad spectrum of industries including:

  • Oil and gas exploration
  • Basic petroleum refining
  • Petrochemical production
  • Medical research and health care delivery
  • High-technology (computer, aerospace, environmental, etc.)
  • Government (City, state and federal)
  • International import and export
  • Commercial fishing
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Film and Media
  • Banking and finance
  • Manufacturing and distribution
  • Related service industries

Houston is home to many businesses including corporate headquarters for almost two dozen of the Fortune 500 companies. The City is friendly to entrepreneurs - new businesses that, like the companies now on the Fortune 500, began small.

In addition, many foreign countries and corporations have established a presence in Houston to access North American markets via the City's excellent distribution facilities.

For more information on Houston's economy and trade, visit the Greater Houston Partnership at www.houston.org, or the Port of Houston at www.portofhouston.com.