Houston

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Houston
City of Houston
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Flag of Houston
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Nickname(s): 
Space City
Location in Harris County, Texas
Coordinates: 29°45′46″N 95°22′59″W / 29.76278°N 95.38306°W / 29.76278; -95.38306Coordinates: 29°45′46″N 95°22′59″W / 29.76278°N 95.38306°W / 29.76278; -95.38306
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountiesHarris
Fort Bend
Montgomery
IncorporatedJune 5, 1837
Government
 • MayorSylvester Turner (D)
Area
 • City601.7 sq mi (1,558 km2)
 • Land579.4 sq mi (1,501 km2)
 • Water22.3 sq mi (57.7 km2)
Elevation
43 ft (13 m)
Population
(2007)[1][2]
 • City2,242,193
 • Density3,828/sq mi (1,471/km2)
 • Urban
3,822,509
 • Metro
5,728,143
 • Demonym
Houstonian
 (4th U.S., 6th Metro U.S.)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)713, 281, 832
FIPS code48-35000[3]
GNIS feature ID1380948[4]
Websitehoustontx.gov

Houston is a large city in the United States. It is in the state of Texas. It is the fourth largest city in the U.S. The mayor of Houston since 2015 is Sylvester Turner. Over two million people live in Houston. It is named for Sam Houston, who fought for Texas freedom in 1836. It is well known for Johnson Space Center of NASA.

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the main airport serving Houston.

Sports[change | change source]

Houston has many sports teams. The Astros play baseball. The Rockets play basketball. The Texans play American Football.

Climate[change | change source]

Houston has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa in the Koeppen climate classification).

References[change | change source]

  1. "US Census Bureau Population Finder: Houston city, TX". United States Census. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
  2. "Population Estimates for the 25 Largest U.S. Cities based on July 1, 2006 Population Estimates" (PDF). www.census.gov. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.