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Houston enjoyed its biggest party in decades on 3 November when an estimated one million people turned out to hail their baseball team Houston Astros on becoming World Series champions for the first time.  They overcame Los Angeles Dodgers by four games to three to take the title to Texas for the first time and schools were given the day off to attend the victory parade. Mayor Sylvester Turner and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are pictured with members of the victorious team outside City Hall.

The cost of living in Texas is lower than in most states of the U.S.  according to a survey of state income, property and sales taxes.   Mississippi had the lowest cost of living with Texas at No 8.

With no individual state tax and lower than average housing and grocery costs, Texans have more money in their pockets but this is offset by higher than average property tax (1.9%) and sales tax (8.9%).

Houston/Grampian Association office-bearers appointed for 2017-18 are: Chairman – Mary Metz M.B.E.; President – Lorna Ramsay; Vice President – Kate Ferguson; Secretary – Lucia Campbell; Treasurer – Tom Gossett; Board Members – Travis Middleton, Ross Davidson, Kenneth Ferguson, Bob Howard and JoeEd Nelson.

Over the past decade Houston has changed more than most American cities, according to a study of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.  Only Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth experienced greater change than Houston. The study ranked metro areas on the level of change in areas including

house prices, crime rates, building permits, commuter times and employment. Between 2006 and 2016 Houston recorded a 38% increase in house prices and 24% in building permits while crime rates decreased by 27%. The average commuting time was up by 7% to 30 minutes, the median income up 23% to $61,708, and rents up 35% to $1009.

The Houston/Grampian Association will be represented at the Sister Cities of Houston’s annual international variety concert “Our Bridges to the World” on Saturday, 18 November. Houston has 18 sister cities.