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.