It´s a well-known fact that everyone in Houston wears cowboy hats and boots; rides a horse to work; talks with a drawl that signifies ignorance and stupidity; chews tobacco; and has an oil well in his back yard. Oh!, wait a minute: I´m not a New York screen writer selling a script to a Hollywood film executive...
Let´s dispense with the stereotypes. Houston is truly one of the most international, modern, and cosmopolitan cities in the United States of America. As the fourth most populous city in the nation (following New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago) Houston has approximately 2.1 million residents within its city limits. Harris County (within which Houston is located) has roughly 3.8 million residents. The Houston Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area ("CMSA") is the 10th largest in the nation and contains approximately 4.9 million residents. The Houston CMSA (the parameters of which are defined by federal law) is comprised of eight counties: Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Montgomery, Chambers and Liberty. In terms of geography, Houston is the largest city in the nation, containing 618 square miles. The Houston CMSA contains 8,778 square miles. By way of comparison, the Houston CMSA is as large as Israel and El Salvador.
Houston Quick Facts: General
Named for Samuel Houston, a military general; first President of the Republic of Texas; Representative to the U.S. Congress; U.S. Senator; and Governor of Texas
4th most populous U.S. city with 2.1 million people, 4.9 million in its CMSA
Largest city in nation based on geography: 618 square miles
78 foreign consulates assist foreign nationals in Houston
With nearly 13,000 seats, Houston´s 17-block Theater District contains the 2nd highest number of theater seats in nation--only New York has more
Houston Grand Opera is the only opera company to have won a Tony, two Grammys and two Emmy awards
Houston Ballet is the nation´s fifth-largest dance company
Home of the prestigious Shell Houston Open golf tournament
Home to Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, attracting more than 1.8 million visitors annually
With more than 11,000 restaurants, more people "eat out" in Houston than any other city in the nation
Diverse population: 39.8% Hispanic origin, 29.1% Caucasian origin, 24.3% African origin, and 5.9% Asian origin.
3rd most affordable housing marketing amongst major U.S. cities
6th largest Hispanic population amongst U.S. cities, and Harris County has the 3rd largest Hispanic population amongst U.S. Counties
19 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Houston
Ranked number 1 in the nation in new business growth in 2001, 2002, and 2003
Dozens of public-traded companies maintain key operations in Houston
Home of the Texas Medical Center, the world´s largest private employer
Houston Airport System is the 4th largest multi-airport system in the U.S., and the 6th largest in the world: more than 38 million travelers annually
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