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Houston, Texas
City of Houston
Flag of Houston, Texas
Official seal of Houston, Texas
Space City (official), more ...
Location within and around Harris County
Location within and around Harris County
Houston is located in Texas
Location within Texas
Houston is located in the United States
Location within the United States
Houston is located in North America
Location within North America
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
CountiesHarris, Fort Bend, Montgomery
IncorporatedJune 5, 1837
Named forSam Houston
 • TypeStrong Mayor-Council
 • BodyHouston City Council
 • MayorSylvester Turner (D)
 • City671.67 sq mi (1,739.62 km2)
 • Land640.44 sq mi (1,658.73 km2)
 • Water31.23 sq mi (80.89 km2)
80 ft (32 m)
 • City2,304,580
 • Rank4th in the United States
1st in Texas
 • Density3,598.43/sq mi (1,389.36/km2)
 • Metro7,122,240 (5th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
770xx, 772xx (P.O. Boxes)
Area codes713, 281, 832, 346
FIPS code48-35000[4]
GNIS feature ID1380948[5]
Major airportsGeorge Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
InterstatesI-10 (TX).svg I-45 (TX).svg I-69 (TX).svg I-610 (TX).svg
U.S. routesUS 59.svg US 90.svg US 290.svg
State routesTexas 3.svg Texas Spur 5.svg Texas 6.svg Texas Beltway 8.svg Texas 35.svg Texas 99.svg Texas 146.svg Texas 225.svg Texas 249.svg Texas Spur 261.svg Texas 288.svg Texas Spur 330.svg Texas Spur 527.svg
Rapid transitHouston Metro

Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the 4th most populous city in the United States. As of 2019, more than 2 million people lived there. Sylvester Turner became the mayor of Houston in 2015. Houston is named after Samuel Houston, who fought for Texas to leave Mexico in 1836. The Johnson Space Center of NASA is in Houston.

Houston has the largest medical center and complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the main international airport serving Houston, and William P. Hobby Airport is the other international airport that is close to downtown Houston.

Sports[change | change source]

Houston has many sports teams, including the Astros, Texans, Rockets, and Houston Dynamo. The Astros play baseball, the Rockets play basketball, the Texans play American Football, and the Houston Dynamo play soccer.

Climate[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "2021 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  2. "QuickFacts: Houston city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  3. "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  4. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2008.