Thursday, July 25, 2024

20 Fun Facts About Houston Texas

Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States. This sprawling metropolis has a lot to offer visitors and residents alike. Here are 20 fun facts about Space City:

  1. Houston was founded in 1836 and named after General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas at the time.
  2. With its origins as a railroad hub, Houston still has an impressive skyline of gleaming skyscrapers. The city has 7 of Texas’s 10 tallest buildings.
  3. Houston is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, where Mission Control for NASA’s space flights is located.
  4. Houston has one of the youngest populations of major metro areas in the U.S. thanks largely to migrants. The median age is 33.
  5. Houstonians love cars. Houston is home to one of the largest car shows in the world, the annual Houston Auto Show.
  6. Houston is the energy capital of the world and home to more than 5,000 energy companies.
  7. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo draws over 2.5 million visitors annually, making it the largest event in Houston.
  8. Houston is home to 39 Fortune 500 headquarters including Phillips 66, Sysco and ConocoPhillips.
  9. Houston has one of the top 10 busiest ports in the world based on cargo volume. The Port of Houston handles over 200 million tons annually.
  10. Houston’s theater district is home to nine performing arts organizations including the Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet.
  11. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. with 145 languages spoken. More than 145 countries are represented among foreign-born residents.
  12. Houston rapper Travis Scott declared November 9th as “Astroworld Day” in the city to honor his Grammy-nominated album.
  13. Houston has over 10,000 restaurants to explore ranging from Texas barbecue to international cuisine.
  14. Houston is home to the largest medical complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center, which sees 10 million patients a year.
  15. Catch an Astros game at Minute Maid Park, home of the 2017 World Series Champions.
  16. Space Center Houston is visited by over 1 million people annually making it one of the city’s top tourist attractions.
  17. Houston has over 300 municipal parks and 200 greenways covering over 200,000 acres.
  18. Houston’s geographical spread covers 669 square miles, making it bigger than the five boroughs of New York City.
  19. Houston has one of the largest collections of contemporary African art in the U.S. at the Menil Collection.
  20. Houston holds the record for the highest rainfall from a single storm in the U.S. – over 51 inches during Hurricane Harvey.

Whether you’re a local or just visiting, Houston promises no shortage of sights, sounds and discoveries.

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