Facts About Houston
The city of Houston was founded by land investors on August 30, 1836, at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou.
Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the country, with 145 different languages spoken by its residents.
Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas, the fourth-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in the Southern United States, as well as the sixth-most populous in North America, with an estimated population of 2,320,268 in 2019.
People from, and that live in Houston are referred to as Houstonians.
The Texas Medical Center, the largest medical centre in the world, sees 7.2 million patient visits per year.
Houston has more Fortune 500 headquarters within its city limits than any city except for New York City.
In 2009, Houston elected Annise Parker, becoming the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay person as mayor.
Residents in Houston eat out more times a week than in any other city in America, With more than 10,000 restaurants.
Houston is situated in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth-most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States.
The Houston area is on land that was home to the Karankawa and the Atakapa indigenous peoples for at least 2,000 years before the first known settlers arrived.
Houston is the southeast anchor of the greater megaregion known as the Texas Triangle.
There are 198 golf courses within a 50-mile radius of downtown Houston.
The city has a total area of 637.4 square miles, this comprises over 599.59 square miles of land and 22.3 square miles covered by water.
Houston was incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837.
The city is named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had won Texas’s independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles east of Allen’s Landing.
Houston is home to the first traditional Indian temple, or mandir, in North America. Originally built in 1988, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was upgraded in 2004.
From 1837 to 1839, Houston was the capital of Texas.
In 2017, Houston hosted Super Bowl LI. This is the third Super Bowl for the city, with the last games being held in 1974 and 2004.
Houston is Nicknamed the “Bayou City”, “Space City”, “H-Town”, and “the 713”.
Houston is the largest city in the country without formal zoning laws.
Houston has an underground pedestrian tunnel system.
Houston is twinned with the following cities Taipei, Taiwan, Huelva, Spain, Chiba, Japan, Nice, France, Baku, Azerbaijan, Aberdeen, Scotland, Stavanger, Norway, Perth, Australia, Istanbul, Turkey, Shenzhen, China, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Leipzig, Germany, Tyumen, Russia, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Luanda, Angola, Tampico, Mexico, Karachi, Pakistan & Basrah, Iraq.
The city gets an average of 45 inches of rain every year.
The Houston Galleria, or just The Galleria, opened in 1970 and is the largest mall in Texas, with over 375 stores filling the four floors, making it the 9th largest in the U.S.
The Astrodome was the first-ever dome stadium to be built in the world.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Houston is 109 °F, which was reached both on September 4, 2000, and August 28, 2011.
Houston has the seventh-largest metro GDP in the nation, $512.2 billion.
The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled.
Houston’s motto is The City With No Limits.
Houston has excessive ozone levels and is routinely ranked among the most ozone-polluted cities in the United States.