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With a population of more than two million people, the city of Houston is the major metropolitan center of the Texas Gulf Coast. As its nickname, "Space City," suggests, Houston is a forward-looking city, with a diverse community.


The following pages will help you explore this exciting city.






Fast facts about Houston:

  • The City of Houston was founded in 1836 (Texas became the 28th state on December 29, 1845).
  • Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States with an estimated 2.14 million people. Only New York (8.21 million), Los Angeles (3.85 million) and Chicago (2.83 million) have more people.
  • The Houston metro area's population of 5.87 million ranks No. 6 in the nation behind New York (19.07 million), Los Angeles (12.87 million), Chicago (9.58 million), Dallas (6.45 million) and Philadelphia (5.97 million).
  • Houston is 43 feet above sea level.
  • The City of Houston is 634 square miles. The Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area covers 10,062 square miles.
  • Houston is home to the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center. More than 52,000 people work within its 21 million square feet of facilites.
  • The first word spoken on the moon was "Houston." During the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, Neil Armstrong said, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."
  • Housing costs in Houston are 28 percent below the nationwide average and 48 percent below the large metro average.
  • Houston is home to more than 5,000 energy-related firms and is considered by many to be the Energy Capital of the world.
  • There are more than 40 colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning in Houston.
  • More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area.

Sources: City of Houston and 

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