International immigration in the past decade has contributed to explosive population growth and has made Houston one of the most ethnically diverse big city in America, with more than 145 different languages spoken at home, according to the latest census—about even with New York. No wonder its restaurants are ranked #4 in the nation, trailing just the big three of L.A, NYC and Chicago. The fourth-largest city in the U.S. is also home to the fourth-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the country. The recent development of the Houston Spaceport, a hub for innovation, education and commercial spaceflight, is the future of the region’s space industry—and brings us all a step closer to space tourism. For now, Houston’s 22.3 million annual visitors (2018)—of which 3.28 million were international travelers—arrive and depart by more conventional means. The city ranks #7 for Connectivity.