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With a land area of Houston was founded by land speculators on August 30, ,  at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou a point now known as Allen's Landing  and incorporated as a city on June 5, The arrival of the 20th century saw a convergence of economic factors which fueled rapid growth in Houston, including a burgeoning port and railroad industry, the decline of Galveston as Texas' primary port following a devastating hurricane , the subsequent construction of the Houston Ship Channel , and the Texas oil boom.
Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. Leading in health care sectors and building oilfield equipment, Houston has the second most Fortune headquarters of any U. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse metropolitan area in Texas and has been described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the U.
Parrott, wife of T. The Allen brothers ran their first advertisement for Houston just four days later in the Telegraph and Texas Register , naming the notional town in honor of President Sam Houston. Holman becoming its first mayor. In , the Republic of Texas relocated its capital to Austin. The town suffered another setback that year when a yellow fever epidemic claimed about one life out of every eight residents. Yet it persisted as a commercial center, forming a symbiosis with its Gulf Coast port, Galveston.
Landlocked farmers brought their produce to Houston, using Buffalo Bayou to gain access to Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. Houston merchants profited from selling staples to farmers and shipping the farmers' produce to Galveston.
The great majority of slaves in Texas came with their owners from the older slave states. Sizable numbers, however, came through the domestic slave trade.
New Orleans was the center of this trade in the Deep South, but slave dealers were in Houston. Thousands of enslaved blacks lived near the city before the Civil War. Many of them near the city worked on sugar and cotton plantations, while most of those in the city limits had domestic and artisan jobs. In , the community established a chamber of commerce in part to promote shipping and navigation at the newly created port on Buffalo Bayou.
By , Houston had emerged as a commercial and railroad hub for the export of cotton. By , Houston was the railroad center of Texas. In , after Galveston was struck by a devastating hurricane , efforts to make Houston into a viable deep-water port were accelerated.
By , the city's population had reached 78,, almost doubling from a decade before. African Americans formed a large part of the city's population, numbering 23, people, which was nearly one-third of the residents. President Woodrow Wilson opened the deep-water Port of Houston in , seven years after digging began. By , Houston had become Texas' most populous city and Harris County the most populous county. Census Bureau reported Houston's population as When World War II started, tonnage levels at the port decreased and shipping activities were suspended; however, the war did provide economic benefits for the city.
Petrochemical refineries and manufacturing plants were constructed along the ship channel because of the demand for petroleum and synthetic rubber products by the defense industry during the war. Navy during World War II. Due to the boom in defense jobs, thousands of new workers migrated to the city, both blacks and whites competing for the higher-paying jobs.
President Roosevelt had established a policy of nondiscrimination for defense contractors, and blacks gained some opportunities, especially in shipbuilding, although not without resistance from whites and increasing social tensions that erupted into occasional violence. Economic gains of blacks who entered defense industries continued in the postwar years. In , the M. Anderson Foundation formed the Texas Medical Center. After the war, Houston's economy reverted to being primarily port-driven.
In , the city annexed several unincorporated areas, more than doubling its size. Houston proper began to spread across the region. In , the availability of air conditioning provided impetus for many companies to relocate to Houston, where wages were lower than those in the North; this resulted in an economic boom and produced a key shift in the city's economy toward the energy sector. Johnson Space Center in This was the stimulus for the development of the city's aerospace industry.
The Astrodome , nicknamed the " Eighth Wonder of the World ",  opened in as the world's first indoor domed sports stadium. During the late s, Houston had a population boom as people from the Rust Belt states moved to Texas in large numbers.
With the increase in professional jobs, Houston has become a destination for many college-educated persons, including African Americans in a reverse Great Migration from northern areas. In , Houstonians elected Lee P. Brown as the city's first African American mayor. The storm cost billions of dollars in damage and killed 20 people in Texas. In August , Houston became a shelter to more than , people from New Orleans, who evacuated from Hurricane Katrina. This was the largest urban evacuation in the history of the United States.
During its recent history, Houston has flooded several times from heavy rainfall, which has been becoming increasingly common. On January 31, , the Houston City Council agreed to forgive large water bills thousands of households faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, as Houston Public Works found 6, homeowners' water utility bills had at least doubled. Most of Houston is located on the gulf coastal plain , and its vegetation is classified as temperate grassland and forest.
Much of the city was built on forested land, marshes, swamp, or prairie and are all still visible in surrounding areas. Houston has four major bayous passing through the city that accept water from the extensive drainage system.
Buffalo Bayou runs through downtown and the Houston Ship Channel , and has three tributaries: The ship channel continues past Galveston and then into the Gulf of Mexico.
Houston is a flat marshy area where an extensive drainage system has been built. The adjoining prairie land drains into the city which is prone to flooding. The region's geology developed from river deposits formed from the erosion of the Rocky Mountains. These sediments consist of a series of sands and clays deposited on decaying organic marine matter, that over time, transformed into oil and natural gas. Beneath the layers of sediment is a water-deposited layer of halite , a rock salt.
The porous layers were compressed over time and forced upward. As it pushed upward, the salt dragged surrounding sediments into salt dome formations, often trapping oil and gas that seeped from the surrounding porous sands. The thick, rich, sometimes black, surface soil is suitable for rice farming in suburban outskirts where the city continues to grow.
No significant historically recorded earthquakes have occurred in Houston, but researchers do not discount the possibility of such quakes having occurred in the deeper past, nor occurring in the future. Land in some areas southeast of Houston is sinking because water has been pumped out of the ground for many years. It may be associated with slip along the faults; however, the slippage is slow and not considered an earthquake, where stationary faults must slip suddenly enough to create seismic waves.
The city experiences very hot, long, and humid summers, and mild winters. While not located in Tornado Alley , like much of northern Texas, spring supercell thunderstorms sometimes bring tornadoes to the area. Prevailing winds are from the south and southeast during most of the year, which bring heat and moisture from the nearby Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay. The city reaches or surpasses this temperature on an average of Houston has mild winters. Overall, Houston has seen measurable snowfall 38 times between and Houston generally receives ample rainfall, averaging about Many parts of the city have a high risk of localized flooding due to flat topography,  ubiquitous low- permeability clay-silt prairie soils,  and inadequate infrastructure.
Houston has excessive ozone levels and is routinely ranked among the most ozone-polluted cities in the United States.
Houston was incorporated in and adopted a ward system of representation shortly afterward in In addition to Interstate , two additional loop highways encircle the city: Approximately , people live within the Interstate loop, while 1. Though Houston is the largest city in the United States without formal zoning regulations, it has developed similarly to other Sun Belt cities because the city's land use regulations and legal covenants have played a similar role.
Such restrictions have had mixed results. Though some have blamed the city's low density, urban sprawl , and lack of pedestrian-friendliness on these policies, the city's land use has also been credited with having significant affordable housing, sparing Houston the worst effects of the real estate crisis.
Voters rejected efforts to have separate residential and commercial land-use districts in , , and In the s, Downtown Houston consisted of a collection of midrise office structures. Downtown was on the threshold of an energy industry—led boom in A succession of skyscrapers was built throughout the s—many by real estate developer Gerald D.
It is the tallest structure in Texas, 15th tallest building in the United States, and the 85th-tallest skyscraper in the world, based on highest architectural feature. Based on highest architectural feature, it is the 17th-tallest in the United States and the 95th-tallest in the world. Uptown became one of the most prominent instances of an edge city. At the time of construction, it was believed to be the world's tallest skyscraper outside a central business district.
The Uptown District is also home to buildings designed by noted architects I. In the late s and early s, a mini-boom of midrise and highrise residential tower construction occurred, with several over 30 stories tall.
The Williams Tower is the tallest building in the US outside a central business district. The Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, a think tank , has described Greater Houston as "one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the country.
Houston's multiculturalism, fueled by large waves of immigrants, has been attributed to its relatively low cost of living , strong job market, proximity to Latin America , and role as a hub for refugee resettlement. Compared with its metropolitan area, the city of Houston's population has a higher proportion of minorities.
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To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data , this is the criteria we used:.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 7, people. This left us with a grand total of 20 suburbs to evaluate around Houston.
Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best. Income is the 3rd worst in the Houston area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 1st worst when it comes to home values.
This city is Back up the highway we go for the third worst Houston suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see South Houston on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. If you live in Baytown, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 9th lowest Houston suburb when it comes to residents making money.
Not only that, but this is the 2nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Houston. Remember, we looked at 20 cities for this study. Webster has the distinction of being a Houston suburb. Richmond is a city about It ranks as the 8th worst burb for Richmond has the 6th most uninsured people, 6th worst incomes, and has the 16th highest unemployment rate 4.
Its residents have the 9th highest unemployment rate 7. West University Place takes the cake as the best place to live around Houston. Like Road Snacks on Facebook: And 2 Idiotic — For thinking that anyone will take his research and writing seriously after publishing this garbage.
They provide patient and preventive care, research, education, and local, national, and international community well-being.
Employing more than 73, people, institutions at the medical center include 13 hospitals and two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy, and virtually all health-related careers.
It is where one of the first—and still the largest—air emergency service, Life Flight , was created, and a very successful inter-institutional transplant program was developed. More heart surgeries are performed at the Texas Medical Center than anywhere else in the world. The Baylor College of Medicine has annually been considered within the top ten medical schools in the nation; likewise, the MD Anderson Cancer Center has consistently ranked as one of the top two U. Houston is considered an automobile-dependent city, with an estimated Despite the region's high rate of automobile usage, attitudes towards transportation among Houstonians indicate a growing preference for walkability.
The national average was 8. Greater Houston possesses a hub-and-spoke limited-access highway system, in which a number of freeways radiate outward from Downtown, with ring roads providing connections between these radial highways at intermediate distances from the city center. The city is crossed by three Interstate highways , Interstate 10 , Interstate 45 , and Interstate 69 commonly known as U. Route 59 , as well as a number of other United States routes and state highways.
Major freeways in Greater Houston are often referred to by either the cardinal direction or geographic location they travel towards. Highways that follow the cardinal convention include U.
Three loop freeways provide north-south and east-west connectivity between Greater Houston's radial highways. The Sam Houston Tollway, which encompasses the mainlanes of Beltway 8 as opposed to the frontage roads , which are untolled , is the longest tollway in the system, covering the entirety of the Beltway with the exception of a free section between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69 near George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The region is serviced by four spoke tollways: Greater Houston's freeway system is monitored by Houston TranStar, a partnership of four government agencies which is responsible for providing transportation and emergency management services to the region. Greater Houston's arterial road network is established at the municipal level, with the City of Houston exercising planning control over both its incorporated area and extraterritorial jurisdiction ETJ.
Arterial roads are organized into four categories, in decreasing order of intensity: Ultimately, the system is designed to ferry traffic from neighborhood streets to major thoroughfares, which connect into the limited-access highway system.
METRO's local bus network services approximately , riders daily with a fleet of over 1, buses. In the early s, two additional lines—the Green Line , servicing the East End , and the Purple Line , servicing the Third Ward —opened, and the Red Line was extended northward to Northline , bringing the total length of the system to Two light rail lines outlined in a five-line system approved by voters in a referendum have yet to be constructed. The station saw 14, boardings and alightings in fiscal year Houston has the largest number of bike commuters in Texas with over miles of dedicated bikeways.
Houston's bicycle sharing system started service with nineteen stations in May Houston Bcycle also known as B-Cycle , a local non-profit, runs the subscription program, supplying bicycles and docking stations, while partnering with other companies to maintain the system. The Houston Airport System , a branch of the municipal government, oversees the operation of three major public airports in the city. Hobby Airport , offer commercial aviation service to a variety of domestic and international destinations and served 55 million passengers in Houston was the headquarters of Continental Airlines until its merger with United Airlines with headquarters in Chicago; regulatory approval for the merger was granted in October of that year.
Customs and Border Protection. Hobby Airport HOU , known as Houston International Airport until , operates primarily short- to medium-haul domestic and international flights to 60 destinations. In , Southwest Airlines launched service from a new international terminal at Hobby to several destinations in Mexico , Central America , and the Caribbean. These were the first international flights flown from Hobby since the opening of Bush Intercontinental in Hobby Airport has been recognized with two awards for being one of the top five performing airports in the world and for customer service by Airports Council International.
Houston's third municipal airport is Ellington Airport , used by the military, government including NASA and general aviation sectors. The Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs is the city's liaison to Houston's sister cities and to the national governing organization, Sister Cities International.
Through their official city-to-city relationships, these volunteer associations promote people-to-people diplomacy and encourage citizens to develop mutual trust and understanding through commercial, cultural, educational, and humanitarian exchanges.
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The population in Houston is 2,, There are 3, people per square mile aka population density. The median age in Houston is , the US median. Of the missing person reports housed in the Texas Department of Public Safety online database, 72 of them were last seen in Houston. Perhaps the reason people move to Houston boils down to the fact that it is a well -rounded, desirable place to live. Ask any Houston native and.