As the most populated city in the state of Texas, Houston is the 4th most populated city located in the United States of America. In the 2016 census, there were 2.3 million people in the land mass comprising 599.59 square miles. Houston is considered a largest city of the Southern U.S. and it’s the county seat for Harris County, Texas. Located by Gulf of Mexico, Houston is no stranger to hurricanes and it’s the 5th fifth populated MSA in the entire U.S.
Founded August 30, 1936, Houston was located near the Buffalo Bayou which is now called Allen’s Landing. It was incorporated into a city on June 5, 1837. Named after the General Sam Houston, who was the president for the Republic of Texas and won the battle of San Jacinto which was 25 miles east of the establishment of the city.
Houston was a burgeoning port as well as a railway industry that also was very involved in the oil industry. It would replace Galveston as the primary port in Texas in 1901 after Galveston was nearly wiped out by a devastating hurricane.
Houston is also the home to Texas Medical Center which is the world’s largest conglomeration of healthcare as well as research institutions. It’s also home to NASA Johnson Space Center which is where the Mission Control Center is centrally located.
The economy for Houston is well diversified with a broad industrial base that is focused on energy, aeronautics, manufacturing as well as transportation and healthcare. Houston comes in second for being home to Fortune 500 companies of any US city with New York as the only competition for first place.
Ranking first for the Port of Houston, it’s also home to a huge amount of waterborne tonnage that is handed on a daily basis. As a global city, Houston is so diversified that there literally is something for everyone here.
With a population of varying ethnicities and religious affiliations, Houston is one of the most modern and coveted cities in the entire United States. Home to a variety of cultural institutions and exhibits, Houston attracts over 7 million visitors annually to the Museum District. It is also quite active on the visual and performing arts scene.
There is no lack of things to do in Houston, Texas and with so many things to choose from a person could spend a lifetime trying to get it all in.