Rigzone Ranks the Top 10 Oil & Gas Cities in the World

Rigzone Ranks the Top 10 Oil & Gas Cities in the World

For years, the petroleum industry has created significant job opportunities and economic benefits through energy hubs around the world. Innovations in technology and old-fashioned determination have allowed vast supplies of oil and gas to be brought to market from key cities in nearly every country. The running list of active and pending projects, along with the amount of planned global investment, speaks volumes about the career options on the horizon for our industry.

For those with the right education and training, the opportunities for international mobility are unrivaled. In fact, many oil and gas companies are offering educational programs that encourage key job functions to train in different parts of the world over time. So the question doesn't have to be: where in the world do I want to live and work? It can now be: how many countries will I get to see during the course of my career?

While Houston has long dominated the list of key oil and gas cities, there are many amazing locations that have emerged as important centers for exploration, production, transportation, technology developments and refining. Today, a wide array of cities with close ties to the petroleum industry circle the globe.

Given the large group of Rigzone users and our focus on careers, we asked our readers to tell us which oil and gas cities represent the most important, promising opportunities for the industry and the employees that drive it. Nearly 8,000 people weighed in. In the pages that follow, see just how far a career in oil and gas can take you.


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Diego Pimentel | Apr. 6, 2015
The only city on the list that may be higher than Houston is Dubai.

Steve | Apr. 8, 2014
I believe the point of the article was highlighting the favorite cities for O&G, as in best places to live and work. Not sure why Houston would make the top ten then. Wasnt meant to be the biggest O&G cities. No offense, but the only people that want to live in Houston are Houstons.

Shawn | Jul. 5, 2013
I think people are missing the point, its not saying by the numbers, its a 360 of living/working there.

Guy From Aus | Jul. 3, 2013
The article says favourite O&G city, so I guess this is just popularity contest. Houston still number one for sure. Aberdeen and London right up there too.

Jamie | May. 22, 2013
I agree with Robert. Houston still remains the #1 O&G city when you look at the numbers. Its great that other cities are getting a "piece of the pie". As for CP, he needs to do a little more research

Eric | May. 21, 2013
Hello? Odessa

Deneen | May. 20, 2013
Actually, Denver is know for its upcoming Oil and Gas Prospects, so it does not surprise as they are probably in a hiring state of mind and thus are reaching out to Houston to find the quality of expertise they need to cultivate and grow bigger in Oil and Gas... Hands down... the UK and Houston for the USA has the experts in the field and who cares if your city is better smelling... Houston and the GOM smells like Money to me :-)

DJ basin | May. 12, 2013
Having lived in both Houston and Denver, they both have pluses and minuses. Houston is an oil and gas capital like NYC, London, Frankfurt, etc are to finance. If you want opportunity for growth, Houston will probably offer more. Denver has great opportunities for skiing, and hiking if you want to wander to the mountains. Denver gets unpredictable snow storms especially in spring and temperatures can swing day to day by 40-50 degrees F sometimes when cold fronts come in. Colorado has the US highest incidence of skin cancer so make sure to wear sunblock since the sun is intense here in summer. Houston does have a lot of running and biking clubs (MS150 anyone?) and beaches if you want to go to Galveston or wander down to Corpus Christi... Houston is hot and humid in summer which may be uncomfortable but good for your skin my wife tells me. Also the heat I guess is why A/C got invented. Houston is only a few hours away from Austin and San Antonio if you want to go to hill country. Both cities are good for meeting people as a lot of people have moved in from other places, but Houston is much more diverse and international than Denver (with direct flights to Europe). Last month when I flew to London, we went through Houston ironically. If your not in oil and gas and a dual career couple though, Denver is a tougher job market than Houston. One of my co-workers quit last month and I know of multiple couples that move to Houston because Denver lacks job opportunities for a trailing spouse / other non-engineering professionals. Traffic can suck in both Denver and Houston. I take light rail in Denver and took the express buses in Houston -either place if you can ride public transport, take advantage of it. Anyway, I like both places but they do have pluses and minuses to consider. [I really like Calgary too and was glad to see it as #2 as I have relatives and vacationed there a couple summers ago.]

Robert Patlovany | May. 7, 2013
Maybe some comments writers didnt actually read the story very carefully. Houston still dominates the world oil and gas business scene. This article is simply a popularity pole of important oil and gas towns. For example, "Im not sure how Denver beat out Houston for the U.S. Just seems crazy." It is crazy if you take this article as anything but a popularity pole result. Houston still rules the oil and gas business with no close second place.

cp | May. 7, 2013
whats not to love? Business is booming and the quality of life is sooooo much better than Houston. People actually walk outside here and there is clean air. Take that Houston!

prince | May. 6, 2013
I am surprised, London is not in top 10. All major operators and EPC contract ors are based here.

Rob C | May. 6, 2013
Way to go Denver!!!

Oilman | May. 6, 2013
Denver is a big up and coming city in oil and gas with great growth prospects and its a great place to live.

Bill Leake | May. 6, 2013
Thats both flattering and a "been there, done that" assessment. Denver has had--as I recall--three prior oil booms--and busts--in just the 50 years Ive lived here. It would be nice if we dont again go through the predictable, "Please, God, give me another oil boom and I wont piss this one away!" Its both amusing and off-putting to observe the usual scenario of buying Gulfstreams, monstrous (ostentatious) houses and profoundly gauche "bling" and then filing for bankruptcy seemingly only months later. Variety may be the spice of life but its monotony that brings home the bacon.

Fred Price | May. 6, 2013
I love Pittsburgh, PA. Well get to #1

Ben | May. 3, 2013
Houston is the energy capitol of the world. Period.

Trevor | May. 3, 2013
Denver beat Houston because Houston is awful!

Luba | May. 3, 2013
everyone knows Calgary is the centre of the world....

james | May. 3, 2013
I am not a big fan of Houston at all, but Im not sure how Denver beat out Houston for the U.S. Just seems crazy


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