Houston, Texas: Quick Facts?

Incorporated in 1837, Houston is the country’s biggest and most successful cities. The total area of the city is 656.3 square miles, where 22.3 of those miles are water and the other 634 is land. The city offers the fourth tallest skyline, falling behind New York City, Chicago, as well as Toronto. Houston also boats a seven-mile system of tunnels where skywalks link the buildings downtown. This allows those traveling by foot to avoid rain and the humid summer heat.

Houston has received many high positive rankings from prestigious avenues. It has been named the best shopping city, the best city for paycheck worth, along with the top ciy for the creation of employment.

The city has a humid subtropical climate, which quite typical in the South. Much of Texas is located in “Tornado Alley”, but not Houston. Much of the year prevailing winds blow in from the south and southeast. These winds bring in heat and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Summers are hot and humid, and winters are calm and mild.

Houston has been nicknamed “Space City”, but has so much more to offer. This global city is a major player in international trade, business, culture, media, entertainment, fashion, sports, science, technology, medicine, education, and research. Part of the city’s success can be traced backed to the Port of Houston, which has been ranked highly in both total cargo tonnage handled and international waterborne tonnage handled.

Various religious and ethnic groups call the area home, and there is a large international community. It is also home to a variety of cultural exhibits and institutions, which help to bring in more than seven million visitors each year. The city’s many universities, along with being one of the major port cities has helped with the great diversity of cultures that call Houston home. The city has often been referred to as the United States’ most diverse city.