About Houston

Houston is a city of endless possibilities: our history has been marked with achievements like the first word heard from the moon and the first artificial heart transplant. Nationally recognized parks, professional sports, fine dining, and other attractions make Houston a great place to call home. Living in Houston means affordable housing options, excellent school districts and employment opportunities in numerous industries throughout the region.

At over 6 million people, Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, the largest city in the southern United States, and is growing at an incredibly fast rate. Over 90 different languages are spoken in the city making it a melting pot of different cultures. Houston also has the third largest Hispanic and Mexican population in the nation/ With 23% of the population being younger than 14 it has one of the youngest populations in the nation. Houston hosts many popular events – more information can be found here.

Downtown is considered the city’s most central business district as well as the home to rich history. The historic district on the north end of downtown has many of Houston’s oldest and architecturally unique buildings. The Texas Medical Center located in the heart of Houston, is the largest medical complex in the world. The medical center encompasses 23 hospitals, eight research institutions, six nursing programs, three medical schools, two universities, two pharmacy schools, and one dental school.  Only 21 countries other than the United States have a gross domestic product exceeding Houston’s regional gross area product. Houston also has more than 5,000 energy related firms- giving it the nickname “Energy Capital of the World”. 23 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Houston, and the Port of Houston ranks first in the US in international waterborne cargo.