HOUSTON, TX - Many consider America the land of opportunity and for minorities that is often the case. While Houston is thought of as a cultural melting pot, though in some cases, we don't rank as high in financial well-being as some would think.
The Center for Opportunity Urbanism, listed the top 52 cities in regards to minority opportunity for success and that list says African-Americans in the Bayou City rank twelth among those 52.
"I`m very surprised Houston is ranked number 12 on the list for cities to live in. I would really think that we would be ahead of San Antonio at the very least,' said Lamon Atkins, dining at the Breakfast Club.
The top city for African-Americans is Atlanta, but the rankings may be misleading.
"Number-wise we might actually be higher, it`s just on a percentage basis it would look a little lower. If you have a smaller city like an Orlando they can add a higher percentage easier than a very large metro like Houston," explained Tory Gattis of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism.
Houston`s Hispanic community is in fourth place among the top 52.
"Houston attracts immigrants from all over, partially due to the energy industry, the port, huge melting pot on the scale of Los Angeles, New York. Fantastic opportunities here for all sorts people," added Gattis.
Houston's Asian community, in terms of financial opportunity is in fifth place.
"The cost of living in Houston is amazing compared to other cities. I`ve been around, I have family that live in Cali, live in the East Coast and I believe Houston is the best place to live," according to Linh Ly, owner of Les Givral's Kahve on Washington.
By percentage, we might not be highest on these lists, but we still think we`re at the top, don't we?