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Houston honored as one of America's hottest startup cities by Inc. mag

Houston honored as one of America's hottest startup cities by Inc. mag

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As a part of its annual Inc. 5000 findings, the magazine named Houston the ninth-hottest startup city in America. Photo by Tim Leviston/Getty Images

It's not just Texas' weather that's hot. Three Lone Star State cities made Inc. magazine's list of hot startup cities — and Houston came in at No. 9.

The list came out of the Inc. 5000 report — the magazine's list of the fastest-growing 5,000 privately held companies in the United States — and was ranked by the three-year revenue growth of each of the cities' companies.

Houston boasted a three-year revenue growth of 117 percent, with 84 Houston companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list.

H-Town is praised for its construction industry growing "tremendously to help rebuild and repair [Hurricane Harvey's] damage," in the article, as well as having top companies such as oil pipeline services company JP Services (No. 792) and contractor services firm CC&D (No. 1,973).

Another Texas city on the list, Dallas (No. 10), had a three-year revenue growth rate of 113 percent and 74 companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list. Inc. calls out Dallas for its "low regulations, zero corporate income taxes, and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, or DEC, which is a nonprofit organization serving as a hub for startup networking, funding, and mentorship."

Near the top of the list is No. 2 Austin, which had a three-year revenue growth rate of 259 percent, with 87 Inc. 5000 companies. 

Austin is praised for its "high rate of entrepreneurship and job creation" in the article, as well as for having outposts for top tech companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google. Inc. also highlights "innovative food businesses," including veggie noodle maker Cece's Veggie Co. (No. 3) and handcrafted chocolatier Maggie Louise Confections (No. 650).

Here's the full list:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Austin
  3. New York City
  4. San Diego
  5. Atlanta
  6. Denver
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Chicago
  9. Houston
  10. Dallas

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