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Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

HoustonThe city of Houston covers 634 square miles and lies 50 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico on a flat coastal plain. Greater Houston (Houston and its suburbs) covers about 1,900 square miles, making it the fourth largest city in the U.S. It is peaceful and green, with luxurious, wooded areas. Houston has a mild, sunny climate year-round. The temperature averages 83ºF in the summer with humid Gulf Breezes. (Days can be warmer). The winters are relatively mild and comfortable. Houston only has about 20 days a year with low temperatures near freezing. The rest of the winter is cool and comfortable, averaging 56ºF.

        • ~ One of the top 10 up-and-coming tech cities (, 2008
        • ~ Number 2 city for Fortune 500 headquarters, 2009
        • ~ 29 companies on the Forbes 500 list
        • ~ Leading nanotechnology center
        • ~ 4 companies of the 10 fastest- growing companies on the Fortune 500 list
        • ~ 699 foreign-owned companies
        • ~ 88 foreign government consular offices
        • ~ $325.5 billion Gross Area Product


2.14 million people from many different cultures live in Houston, and more than 3.7 million live in the 7-county metropolitan region. Houston is the fourth largest U.S. city. In 2008, the Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Houston the number one city to live and work in due to good jobs, reasonable living costs and good entertainment. Houston's booming economy relies on the energy, petrochemical, medicine and space industries. More than 1.63 million people are employed in the Houston region.

The following statistics were taken from 2006 as an example of Houston's business community: Houston has over 11,000 restaurants, over 90 languages spoken, and over 500 arts organizations. Houston has 500 parks and 38 miles of bike trails. Houston has the largest medical center in the world. Houston is an academic center of the Southwest with over 230,000 students in the 40 local universities, colleges, and institutions.


City of Houston



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