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Location: Houston, Texas, United States of America

HoustonThe city of Houston covers 634 sq. miles and lies 50 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. The Greater Houston area (Houston and its suburbs) covers about 8,778 sq. miles, which makes it the fourth largest city in the United States. About 2.1 million people from different cultures live in Houston, and more than 5.95 million individuals live in its seven-county metropolitan region.

Houston is peaceful and green, with many luxurious, wooded areas. The city’s climate is mild and sunny throughout the year, with an average temperature of 83 degrees in the summer. Winters are relatively mild and comfortable, averaging 56 degrees. Houston only has about 20 days a year with low temperatures near freezing.


Quick Facts

  • Houston rates first among the nation’s 10 most populous cities, according to a study by The Trust for Public Land
  • Houston ranked number seven on The New York Times “The 46 Places to Go in 2013”
  • More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area
  • More than 500 Houston institutions are devoted to the performing and visual arts, science and history
  • Houston is the birthplace of nanotechnology and is home to the largest medical complex in the world– the Texas Medical Center
  • More than 700 foreign-owned companies exist in Houston
  • Foreign government have established 92 consular offices in metropolitan Houston
  • Downtown Houston has array of  entertainment venues, music and dance clubs and sporting events that attracts students and young adults

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Last updated or reviewed on 2/25/15

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