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About Houston

1. Houston is the fourth largest city in America (trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago).

2. Founded in 1836, it's the largest city in Texas and has a 2009 estimated population of 2.25 million and the metro area's population of 5.54 million in 2006 is 6th largest among U.S. metropolitan statistical areas. (U.S. Census Bureau)

3. The Houston metropolitan Area covers 8,778 square miles, an area slightly smaller than Massachusetts, and larger than New Jersey.

4. County seat of Harris County, the nation's third largest county with more than 3.4 million citizens.

5. The City of Houston spreads over three counties: Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery.

6. "Houston" was the first word Astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke when he landed on the moon.

7. Two major airports: Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport, served over 51 million passengers in 2006, including over seven million international travelers.

8. Houston Airport System (HAS) is the fourth largest multi-airport system in the U.S., the seventh largest international gateway in the country.

9. Bush Intercontinental ranks third among U.S. airports for nonstop destinations.

10. 90 languages spoken throughout the area.

11. 83 consulates - the third largest consular corps in the nation.

12. More than 165 public and private golf courses.

13. Located 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

14. Located 30 minutes from Clear Lake, a 2,000-acre destination for boating enthusiasts.

15. U.S. energy headquarters with more than 5,000 energy-related businesses.

16. The Port of Houston, a $15-billion petrochemical complex, ranks number one in the nation in foreign tonnage and second in total tonnage.

17. Houston is 43 feet above sea level

18. Houston is home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The largest rodeo in the world, it attracts more than 1.8 million visitors each year.

19. Houston has among the youngest populations in the nation. The city has the third-largest Hispanic and third-largest Mexican population in the United States.

20. Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions - offering higher education options to suit all interests.

21. Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a local economic impact of $10 billion. More than 52,000 people work within its facilities, which encompass 21 million square feet. Altogether 4.8 million patients visit them each year. Texas Medical Center is home to 42+ nonprofit institutions

22. In 2006, the Houston metropolitan area ranked first in Texas and third in the U.S. within the category of "Best Places for Business and Careers" by Forbes magazine.

23. Home to and more than 5,000 energy related firms, Houston is considered by many as the Energy Capital of the world.

24. Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in the energy, aeronautics, and technology industries: only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters.

25. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. It is the tenth largest port in the world.

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