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Houston city, Texas

Houston city, Texas
Nickname(s):Space City
Incorporated:June 5, 1837
Population
- Total:2.099.451 (2010)
- Density:3.499,1/sq mi (1.351,9/sq km)
Area code(s):713, 281, 832
Time zone:CST (UTC-6)
Summer Time zone:CDT (UTC-5)
Website:www.houstontx.gov
Area
- Total:628 sq mi (1.626 sq km)
- Land:600 sq mi (1.553 sq km)
- Water:29 sq mi (73 sq km)
- % water:4,49 %
Latitude:+29.7804724
Longitude:-095.3863425

Quick information summary of the Houston city area.

Houston city is located in the state of Texas. It occupies the area of 628 square miles. 29 square miles are water areas and 600 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Houston city lies at +29.7804724, -095.3863425 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 2.099.451 living in the Houston city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (50.51%), Black or African American (23.74%) and Some Other Race (15.69%). Median age is 31 for the males and 33 for the females.

Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas and, with a population of 2.1 million (2010 Census) the fourth-most populous city in the United States. It is the center of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area, the fifth-largest one in the States.

The official nickname of Houston is “Space City,” in reference to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.

Houston is a powerful global city, with highly developed economy based on manufacturing, energy, aeronautics and transportation, as well as health care. Its residents are called Houstonians. The city lies in the Central Time Zone (UTC-6).

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Statistical data for the Houston city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

Total
2,099,451
White alone
1,060,49150.51 %
Black or African American alone
498,46623.74 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
14,9970.71 %
Asian alone
126,3786.02 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1,1530.05 %
Some Other Race alone
329,43615.69 %
Two or More races
68,5303.26 %

Profile of the Houston city

History of Houston

Houston was founded in 1836 near the banks of the Buffalo Bayou, by the Allen brothers from New York, who named the new settlement after Sam Houston, a popular general at the time. Houston was incorporated in 1837 and the same year it became the temporary capital of the Republic of Texas. Houston started growing in the 1860 as the regional commercial and transportation hub for cotton. During the Civil War, the city was General Magruder’s headquarters, from where he organized the Battle of Galveston.

In 1900, a devastating hurricane hit Houston. This accelerated the efforts to make the city into a proper deepwater port. In 1901, oil was discovered near Beaumont, which, of course, prompted the development of oil industry in Texas and made it one of the richest American states. The deepwater Port of Houston was opened in 1914. World War II reduced the activity in the port but on the other hand it did provide some benefits for the economy in the city - wartime industries demanded rubber and petroleum and the city built new factories to meet the demand. After the war, the economy was again primarily based on port activities. The NASA’s Johnson Space Center opened in 1961 and the Astrodome, the first domed indoor sports center in the nation, opened in 1965.

In the late 1970s the city experienced a new population boom when many residents of the Rust Belt moved to Houston. In the 1980s, the oil market crashed, causing a very serious blow to the economy in Houston. The space industry also suffered after the incident in which Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated right after the launch.

Houston experienced the worst flooding in its history, following the tropical storm Allison, which killed 20 people in the state and caused significant material damage. In 2005, Houston sheltered 150,000 residents of New Orleans who evacuated from Hurricane Katrina. Just a month later, 2.5 million residents of Houston had to evacuate as Hurricane Rita approached (and fortunately caused little or no damage to the city itself). This is considered to be the largest urban evacuation ever in the United States.

Geography and Climate

Houston is located in Harris County in Texas. It has four large bayous passing through: Buffalo Bayou, White Oak Bayou, Braes Bayou and Sims Bayou. These three last bayous are tributaries to the Houston Ship Channel, which continues through Galveston and into the Gulf of Mexico.

The climate in the city is humid subtropical. The summers are hot and humid and winters are usually mild. The city is prone to tornados, even though it is not part of the Tornado Valley.

Houston does not have a single central business district and instead of that it has multiple districts that have grown throughout the city over the decades, such as Downtown, Uptown, Texas Medical Center, Midtown, Greenway Plaza, Memorial City, Energy Corridor, Greenspoint and Westchase.

Population of Houston

In 2011, the population of Houston was estimated at 2,145,146. The racial makeup in the city in 2010 was 44% Hispanic or Latino, 26% non-Hispanic White, 24% Black or African American, 6% Asian (Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, Korean and Japanese), 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 15.2% some other race and 3.3% two or more races.

Houston has one of the youngest populations in the USA. It is a multicultural city in which more than 90 languages are spoken. It also has a large population of illegal aliens - approximately 400,000.

As for the crime, Houston is a large center for drug trafficking, especially cocaine, MDMA, marijuana and heroin.

The median household income in Houston is $37,000 and the per capita income for the city is $20,000.

Economy and Business

Energy industry, especially oil and natural gas, is the stronghold of the economy in Houston. Biomedical research, aeronautics, education, finance and healthcare are also large economic sectors in the city.

The Port of Houston has been crucial for the economic development of Houston. It is the tenth-largest port in the world and the first port in the USA in international commerce. The city has 92 consular offices of foreign nations, 23 foreign chambers of commerce and 24 foreign banks.

Some of the largest companies in the city include ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil, Sysco, Enterprise Products Partners, Plains All American Pipeline, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Waste Management, Inc. and others.

Culture and Attractions

The city has a diversified cultural live. The Houston Theatre District is the major center for performing arts. The city has its own professional opera, ballet, symphony and theatre and it is home to a large number of art groups, folk artists and independent art organizations.

The Museum District includes institutions such as The museum of Fine Arts, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Holocaust Museum Houston and Houston Zoo.

Another major attraction for both the locals and the tourists is the Space Center Houston, the official visitors’ center of the NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Other attractions include The Galleria, SplashTown Waterpark Houston, Sam Houston Race Park, Downtown Aquarium, as well as over 337 public parks and gardens, most notably Hermann Park, Memorial Park, Tranquillity Park and Lake Houston Park.

Houston hosts the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest event of this kind in the world.

Education

As for the higher education, Houston has four different state universities. The University of Houston is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System and a Tier One research university with a national recognition. Other three state universities in the city include the University of Houston - Clear Lake, The University of Houston - Downtown and Texas Southern University. The city also has a number of private institutions of higher education. Rice University is probably the most prestigious of them as it is often considered to be one of the top 20 universities in the United States.

Transportation

Houston is served by three large airports, two of which are commercial. The primary airport is George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the sixth-busiest airport in the USA. Houston was the headquarters of Continental Airlines until the company merged with United Airlines in 2010 and the headquarters moved to Chicago.

The city has a large number of bicycle commuters and a public bicycle sharing system called Houston B-Cycle.

Sports

Houston is home to three major league professional sports franchises: Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Rockets (NBA) and Houston Astros (MLB). It is also home of the Houston Dynamo of the Major League Soccer and Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

Statistical data for the Houston city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

Total
2,099,451
White alone
1,060,49150.51 %
Black or African American alone
498,46623.74 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
14,9970.71 %
Asian alone
126,3786.02 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1,1530.05 %
Some Other Race alone
329,43615.69 %
Two or More races
68,5303.26 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Total
2,099,451
Not Hispanic or Latino
1,179,78356.19 %
Hispanic or Latino
919,66843.81 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Total
2,099,451
Not Hispanic or Latino
1,179,78356.19 %
White alone
537,90145.59 %
Black or African American alone
485,95641.19 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3,5280.30 %
Asian alone
124,85910.58 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
7110.06 %
Some Other Race alone
4,1280.35 %
Two or More races
22,7001.92 %
Hispanic or Latino
919,66843.81 %
White alone
522,59056.82 %
Black or African American alone
12,5101.36 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
11,4691.25 %
Asian alone
1,5190.17 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
4420.05 %
Some Other Race alone
325,30835.37 %
Two or More races
45,8304.98 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes
32
Male
31
Female
33

Household Type

Total
782,643
Family households
481,57061.53 %
Husband-wife family
305,08863.35 %
Other family
176,48236.65 %
Male householder, no wife present
49,47428.03 %
Female householder, no husband present
127,00871.97 %
Nonfamily households
301,07338.47 %
Householder living alone
242,38080.51 %
Householder not living alone
58,69319.49 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Houston city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Houston city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Houston city center

Airport

  • Police Headquarters Heliport [1.39 mi] [2.23 km]

Building

  • 1884 Houston Cotton Exchange Building [1.88 mi] [3.02 km]
  • Harris County Sheriff's Office [2.09 mi] [3.36 km]
  • Houston Police Station [1.42 mi] [2.29 km]
  • The Bayou Bend Collection Building [4.1 mi] [6.6 km]
  • Harris County Sheriff's Office - Family Criminal Law Division [1.66 mi] [2.67 km]
  • Merchants and Manufacturers Building [1.9 mi] [3.06 km]
  • Houston Police Department - Central Patrol [1.3 mi] [2.1 km]
  • James Bute Company Warehouse [2.14 mi] [3.44 km]
  • Houston Fire Station Number 6 [0.9 mi] [1.45 km]
  • Houston Fire Department Station 6 [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Houston Fire Department Administration [1.28 mi] [2.06 km]
  • Heights State Bank Building [0.96 mi] [1.55 km]
  • Morris and Mary Johnson House [0.93 mi] [1.5 km]
  • Sessums-James House [0.92 mi] [1.47 km]
  • Houston Fire Department Station 9 [1.58 mi] [2.54 km]

Cemetery

  • Washington Cemetery [1.12 mi] [1.8 km]
  • Glenwood Cemetery [1.05 mi] [1.7 km]
  • Hollywood Cemetery [0.56 mi] [0.9 km]

Church

  • Saint Josephs Catholic Church [1.32 mi] [2.13 km]
  • Mount View Church of God in Christ [3.74 mi] [6.01 km]
  • Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection [1.08 mi] [1.74 km]
  • Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church [3.12 mi] [5.02 km]
  • Shepherd Drive Methodist Church [1.64 mi] [2.64 km]
  • Saint Stephens Catholic Church [0.97 mi] [1.56 km]
  • Church of Christ - West End [2.15 mi] [3.47 km]
  • Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church [3.15 mi] [5.07 km]
  • Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church [3.16 mi] [5.08 km]
  • Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church [0.87 mi] [1.39 km]
  • West End Pentecostal Church of God [2.09 mi] [3.36 km]
  • Saint Rest Baptist Church [3.14 mi] [5.05 km]
  • Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church [3.94 mi] [6.34 km]
  • Saint Paul Church [0.97 mi] [1.56 km]
  • Bethel United Church of Christ [1.52 mi] [2.45 km]
  • Saint Peters Lutheran Church [1.04 mi] [1.67 km]
  • New Testament Baptist Church [3.18 mi] [5.11 km]
  • Saint Theresa Catholic Church [2.68 mi] [4.32 km]
  • Pine Crest Presbyterian Church [3.95 mi] [6.36 km]
  • South Park Baptist Church of Alvin [0.92 mi] [1.49 km]
  • Galilee Baptist Church [3.35 mi] [5.39 km]
  • Saint Mary Baptist Church [1.35 mi] [2.18 km]
  • East Orange African Methodist Episcopal Church [3.63 mi] [5.84 km]
  • Mount Vernon United Methodist Church [2.71 mi] [4.37 km]
  • Spring Woods United Methodist Church [1.63 mi] [2.63 km]
  • Mallalieu United Methodist Church [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Olivet Baptist Church [2.86 mi] [4.6 km]
  • Mount Carmel Baptist Church [3.95 mi] [6.35 km]
  • First Shiloh Baptist Church [3.66 mi] [5.89 km]
  • Lyons Unity Missionary Baptist Church [2.96 mi] [4.76 km]
  • Saint Stephen Baptist Church [1.3 mi] [2.09 km]

Crossing

  • Interchange 769A [1.51 mi] [2.43 km]
  • Interchange 770B [2.64 mi] [4.26 km]
  • Interchange 770C [2.79 mi] [4.48 km]
  • Interchange 770A [2.55 mi] [4.1 km]
  • Interchange 769C [2.32 mi] [3.73 km]
  • Interchange 768B [1.31 mi] [2.12 km]
  • Interchange 771A [3.63 mi] [5.84 km]
  • Interchange 766 [0.7 mi] [1.13 km]

Hospital

  • Bayshore Center for Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency [0.95 mi] [1.52 km]
  • Saint Elizabeth Hospital [3.73 mi] [6.01 km]

Locale

  • Grady Street Yard [2.2 mi] [3.53 km]
  • Old Sixth Ward Historic District [1.09 mi] [1.75 km]
  • Chaney Yard [0.76 mi] [1.23 km]
  • Hardy Street Yard [1.93 mi] [3.1 km]
  • Bayshore Plaza Shopping Center [1.02 mi] [1.64 km]

Park

  • Spotts Park [1.13 mi] [1.82 km]
  • Finnegan Park [4.1 mi] [6.59 km]
  • Hennessey Park [2.28 mi] [3.68 km]

School

  • George Washington Junior High School [1.71 mi] [2.75 km]
  • Cleveland School [1.38 mi] [2.22 km]
  • Law Enforcement - Criminal Justice High School [1.69 mi] [2.71 km]
  • Dow School [1.14 mi] [1.83 km]
  • Miller School [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • Bruce School [3.23 mi] [5.2 km]
  • Bruce Elementary School [3.24 mi] [5.21 km]
  • Messiah School [1.8 mi] [2.89 km]
  • Memorial School [2.46 mi] [3.97 km]
  • Memorial Elementary School [2.46 mi] [3.96 km]
  • Harper School [0.82 mi] [1.32 km]
  • Saint Paul School [0.92 mi] [1.48 km]
  • Brock Elementary School [1.06 mi] [1.7 km]
  • Brook School [1.05 mi] [1.68 km]
  • Milam Elementary School [1.7 mi] [2.74 km]
  • Milam School [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • McCardell Academy [2.76 mi] [4.43 km]
  • Wheatley High School [3.96 mi] [6.38 km]
  • Saint Theresa School [2.68 mi] [4.32 km]
  • Crockett Elementary School [0.63 mi] [1.01 km]
  • Crockett School [0.6 mi] [0.96 km]
  • Crawford Elementary School [2.71 mi] [4.36 km]
  • H P Carter High School [3.03 mi] [4.88 km]
  • Smith Junior High School [3.06 mi] [4.93 km]

Stream

  • Whiteoak Bayou [2.03 mi] [3.27 km]

Trail

  • Memorial Park Jogging Trail [3.43 mi] [5.53 km]
  • Bruce Elementary SPARK Park Trail [3.26 mi] [5.25 km]
  • Houston Arboretum and Nature Center Trail [3.93 mi] [6.33 km]
  • Memorial Elementary SPARK Park Trail [2.46 mi] [3.96 km]
  • Brock Elementary SPARK Park Trail [1.06 mi] [1.7 km]
  • Crockett Elementary SPARK Park Trail [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • Crawford Elementary SPARK Park Trail [2.7 mi] [4.34 km]

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