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Houston earns the top spot in our 2013 rankings by offering affordability, a vibrant economy, and the jobs and industries that best fit the skills of today's transitioning military members. Houston's unemployment rate of 6.1% is well below the U.S. average, and its job growth of 2.6% over the last year is among the top 10% of all metro areas. Despite its booming economy and higher-than-average household income, the median housing price is below the national average. Plus, Houston has the amenities and resources that come with being the fourth largest metro area in the U.S. Over the last year, the city has appeared on numerous lists for its variety of interesting activities and sights.