Houston, Texas Overview

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Houston Texas Skyline

Houston, Texas is the 4th largest city in the United States and the largest city in Texas ranked by population. The city was founded in 1836 on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837. The city was named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had commanded and won at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles  east of where the city was established. The burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the city’s population. In the mid-twentieth century, it  became the home of the Texas Medical Center—the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.

Houston Sports Teams

The city is home to  sports teams for every major professional league except the National Hockey League(NHL). The Astros are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team.  The  Rockets are a National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise based in the city since 1971.  The Houston Texans are a National Football League (NFL) expansion team formed in 2002. The Dynamo are a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise that has been based in Houston since 2006 . The Dash play in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The Scrap Yard Dawgs, a women’s pro softball team, is expected to play in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) from 2016.

Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) and Toyota Center (home of the Rockets), are located downtown.  Our city has the NFL’s first retractable-roof stadium with natural grass, NRG Stadium (home of the Texans). Minute Maid Park is also a retractable-roof stadium. Toyota Center also has the largest screen for an indoor arena in the United States built to coincide with the arena’s hosting of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. BBVA Compass Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium for the Dynamo, the Texas Southern University football team, and Dash, located in East Downtown. In addition, NRG Astrodome was the first indoor stadium in the world, built in 1965. Other sports facilities include Hofheinz Pavilion (Cougars basketball), Rice Stadium (Rice Owls football), and Reliant Arena. TDECU Stadium is where the University of Houston ( Cougars) football team plays.

An International City

Located in the American South, our city is a diverse city with a large and growing international community. The metropolitan area is home to an estimated 1.1 million (21.4 percent) residents who were born outside the United States, with nearly two-thirds of the area’s foreign-born population from south of the United States–Mexico border. Additionally, more than one in five foreign-born residents are from Asia.[The city is home to the nation’s third-largest concentration of consular offices, representing 86 countries.


Houston offers extensive tourism and cultural options including a huge museums district that include gardens, natural science, art collections and historic architecture.

It  is home to numerous  parks and nature centers including Buffalo Bayou, Downtown Aquarium. Houston Zoo, Lake Houston Wilderness Park and Lake Houston.

Nearby historic sites include Battleship Texas, NASA/Space Center Houston and San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.

No matter what your interest our city has something to offer especially for you. Stop and Visit Houston on your next vacation!





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