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Interesting Facts About Houston

●   The City of Houston is the fourth largest city in the nation and the largest city in the south/southwest. The City of Houston covers 596.11 square miles of flat land 50 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 100 feet above sea level.
●   Population estimate for the Houston Brazoria Galveston Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area* is 4,253,428 ranking it 10th among the nation's metropolitan areas. The Houston CMSA* covers 8,778.31 square miles!
●   Houston is reportedly the most air-conditioned place on the earth. The climate is classified as marine or semi-tropical. The average temperature in Houston is a delightful 70 degrees year-round.
●   More than 60 primary languages other than English are spoken in the homes of Houston Independent School District students.
●   The 52-mile man-made Houston Ship Channel connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico, allowing Houston to be an inland city and a seaport at the same time.
●   The Port of Houston i s the second-largest port in the United States in total and foreign tonnage. It ranks eighth worldwide.
●   Major Industries - where cotton was once king, now Houston relies on the energy, petrochemical, medical ●   and space industries. Houston has become a major center of applied technology - the engineering and technical skills needed to use high technology.
●   International business directly or indirectly supports one-third of all jobs in the metropolitan area.
●   More than $1.3 billion in construction is currently under way or planned for Houston's downtown business district alone.
●   The Texas Medical Center employs approximately 50,000 doctors, scientists, researchers, technicians and nurses. More than $2 billion in research grants have been awarded to Texas Medical Center institutions in the past five years alone.
●   Home to NASA Johnson Space Center, focal point for U.S. manned space flight program.
●   Houston is second only to New York City for number of theater seats, with nearly 8,000. We are one of only a handful of cities to boast resident companies that perform 12 months a year in all four performing arts: ballet, opera, symphony and theater, including the Tony Award-winning Alley Theater.
●   Unexpected museums in Houston include: The Cockrell Butterfly Exhibit at the Museum of Natural Science, the Museum of Health & Medical Science, the Children's Museum, the Menil Collection and the Holocaust Museum Houston.


Interesting Facts About Texas

Name:        From "tejas" - Indian word meaning "friendly"
Motto:        Friendship
Nickname:  Lone Star State
Bird:           Mockingbird
Tree:          Pecan
Flower:      Blue bonnet
Dish:          Chili
Song:          "Texas, Our Texas"
Capital:       Austin
Population:  18.7 Million
Mountains:  Texas has 91 mountains a mile or more high, all of them in the Trans-Pecos region.
Highest Point: 8,751 feet Guadalupe Peak
Lowest Point: Sea Level, Gulf of Mexico
Lakes:  Texas, second only to Alaska in volume of inland water, has more than 6,000 square miles of lakes and streams.
Area: Texas contains 267,339 square miles - large enough to accommodate 15 of the 50 states within its borders and still have 14,000 square miles left over! Texas extends 801 straightline miles from north to south and 773 miles from east to west. Brewser, in West Texas, is the largest of the state's 254 counties with 6,204  square miles, an area larger than the State of Connecticut, The smallest county is Rockwall in North Centeral Texas, with 147 square miles.
Time Zone: Central Time Zone, except for West Texas (El Paso Area), Mountain Time Zone