“Houston is special. From the very beginning it was never intended to be like any other place. People from Houston, and Texas in general, are proud of their freedom and their culture. It’s a great place to live”
Everyone knows how big Texas is. All you have to do is spend 5 minutes with someone from here and they’ll tell you all about it. As the saying goes “Everything is bigger in Texas” and Houston is the biggest city in Texas…so what does that tell you? It should tell you that Houston is an amazing city and you’re going to love every second that you’re there! With over 2.3 million people Houston is huge. Not only do they have a lot of people, they’ve got a lot of space, it’s the 8th largest city, measured by land area, in the entire U.S. That means all those people have plenty of space to get out an enjoy themselves.
Houston is named after General Sam Houston. He was the president of the Republic of Texas and had won Texas’ independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto. Most people forget, but Texas used to be a part of Mexico, and was technically its own country, before becoming a part of the United States. It wasn’t until 1845 that Texas officially became part of the U.S. Since then it has grown and prospered greatly.
What we see when we look at Houston today began over 100 years ago. The geographic location of the city and the great climate helped spur its beginnings. Being a port city and part of the booming railroad industry helped Houston develop from an outpost to a regional trading center. Today It is an economic powerhouse that has a broad industrial base spread out over a variety of sectors. Energy, manufacturing, aeronautics (Houston…we have a problem) and transportation are just some of the areas that this city leads the way in. It’s home to the second most Fortune 500 headquarters in the U.S. and many respectable colleges and universities, including the University of Houston. The Port of Houston ranks 1st in the U.S. in international waterborne tonnage handled and 2nd in total cargo tonnage handled.
Visiting Houston today is a traveler’s paradise. There is literally no shortage of entertainment and good times. They have 3 professional sports teams; the Astros – MLB, the Rockets – NBA, and the Texans – NFL. The Space Center is one of the top tourist destinations in the entire country, and Houston is also home to one of the biggest rodeos you’ll ever see in your life; the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Houstonians take being a cowboy seriously and when you visit, you should too.
Make sure you come down and see what all the fuss about “Southern Hospitality” is about. Houston is a city that sets itself apart from most other American cities…and in a good way.