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Nickname(s): Space City

Location in Harris County, Texas
Coordinates: 29°45′46″N 95°22′59″WCoordinates: 29°45′46″N 95°22′59″W
Country United States of America
State Texas
Counties Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery
Incorporated June 5, 1837
Government
- Type Mayor–council
- Mayor Annise Parker
Area
- City 601.7 sq mi (1,558 km2)
- Land 579.4 sq mi (1,501 km2)
- Water 22.3 sq mi (57.7 km2)
Elevation 43 ft (13 m)
Population (2008)[1][2]
- City 2,242,193 (4th U.S.)
- Density 3,828/sq mi (1,471/km2)
- Urban 3,822,509
- Metro 5,728,143 (6th U.S.)
- Demonym Houstonian
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 713, 281, 832
FIPS code 48-35000[3]
GNIS feature ID 1380948[4]
Website houstontx.gov
Houston (pronounced /?hju?st?n/) is the fourth-largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas. As of the 2008 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a population of 2.2 million within an area of 600 square miles (1,600 km2).[1] Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area—the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with a population over 5.7 million.
Houston was founded on August 30, 1836, by brothers Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou.[5] The city was incorporated on June 5, 1837, and named after then-President of the Republic of Texas—former General Sam Houston—who had commanded at the Battle of San Jacinto, which took place 25 miles (40 km) east of where the city was established. The burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the city's population. In the mid-twentieth century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.

 

 

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