Houston, Texas

Houston: The fourth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Houston metropolitan area. It is located on the Gulf of Mexico, in southeastern Texas. Houston is a major center for the oil and gas industry.


Houston is a city located in the county of Harris in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population at the 2010 census was 2,099,451 and a population density of 1,217 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 2,316,120 inhabitants.

The city was created 187 years ago in 1836.

Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States with over 2.3 million residents as of July 29, 2023. Here are some key facts about Houston:


Houston was founded in 1836 and named after General Sam Houston. It initially grew as a railroad hub and later became a center for the oil, aeronautics, and space industries.

Location & Geography

Houston is located in southeast Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. The city lies on a coastal plain with a series of bayous running through it like Buffalo Bayou.


Major industries in Houston include energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, transportation, and healthcare. The Texas Medical Center is the world's largest medical complex.

Population & Diversity

The Houston metro area has high ethnic diversity with a large Hispanic/Latino population. Over 90 languages are spoken in the Houston area.

Culture & Sports

Houston has many performance halls and art galleries such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Major sports teams include the Houston Astros baseball team and the Houston Texans football team.

In summary, Houston is a massive and multicultural hub known for its energy sector, diverse communities, aerospace history, and sprawling cowboy culture. It represents the essence of Texas.

Houston locator map
Location of Houston on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Houston

Population : 2,316,120 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
County : Harris County
Instagram username : houstoncity
Twitter username : HoustonTX
Postal code : 77200–77299, 77000–77099
Phone Area Codes : 713, 281, 832
Area : 1724.54 km2
Legislative body : Houston City Council
Named for : Sam Houston
Altitude : 43 feet / 13 meters
Capital city : Houston is capital of Harris County
Establishment : August 08, 1836 (187 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−06:00, UTC−05:00, Central Time Zone
Local time : 10:58:20 (2nd March 2024)
Density : 1,343 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 9.35% (2010-2020)
Houston montage image
Houston montage
Houston montage image


Houston is located at 29°45'48"N 95°21'48"W (29.7632800, -95.3632700).

Houston map

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The population of Houston increased by 9.35% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 2,099,451 - census
2011 2,126,032 1.25% estimation process
2012 2,161,593 1.65% estimation process
2013 2,199,391 1.72% estimation process
2014 2,241,826 1.89% estimation process
2015 2,286,908 1.97% estimation process
2016 2,309,544 0.98% estimation process
2017 2,316,750 0.31% estimation process
2018 2,318,573 0.08% estimation process
2019 2,320,268 0.07% estimation process
2020 2,316,120 -0.18% estimation process

Houston zip code is 77002. County name: Harris, County fips: 48201

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People born in Houston (200)

People born in Houston, including actor Tony Oller, entrepreneur Matt Mullenweg, actress and singer Hilary Duff, .


  • Sarah Morrow (American musician) she was born in 14/11/1969
  • John Gray (American family therapist, lecturer, and author) he was born in 28/12/1951
  • Nathan Eovaldi (American baseball player) he was born in 13/02/1990
  • Z-Ro (American rapper) he was born in 19/01/1977
  • Tony Campise (American musician) he was born in 22/01/1943
  • Tyra Ferrell (American actress) she was born in 28/01/1962
  • Zak Whitbread (soccer player) he was born in 04/03/1984
  • Robert Wilson (American astronomer) he was born in 10/01/1936
  • Jennifer Garner (American actress) she was born in 17/04/1972
  • A. J. Foyt (American racecar driver) he was born in 16/01/1935
  • Brett Cullen (American actor) he was born in 26/08/1956
  • Anna Nicole Smith (American model, actress, and television personality (1967-2007)) she was born in 28/11/1967
  • Howard Hughes (American aviator, engineer, industrialist, and film producer) he was born in 24/12/1905
  • Alexis Bledel (American actress) she was born in 16/09/1981
  • Lexi Randall (American actress) she was born in 01/01/1980
  • Dennis Quaid (American actor) he was born in 09/04/1954
  • Jay Brannan (American singer-songwriter and actor) he was born in 29/03/1982
  • Reggie Johnson (American boxer) he was born in 28/08/1966

Schools in Houston

College & universities near Houston, TX

Code Name City ZIP
225432 University of Houston-Downtown Houston (TX) 77002-1014
228194 South Texas College of Law Houston Houston (TX) 77002
225423 Houston Community College Houston (TX) 77002
227863 University of St Thomas Houston (TX) 77006-4696
225511 University of Houston Houston (TX) 77204-2018

Stations (4)

Amtrak & bus stations near Houston, TX

Code Name Address Type
HOS Houston 902 Washington Ave. RAIL
HOG Houston, TX 2121 Main Street BUS
PVW Prairie View, TX 44814 US Highway 290 Business \r\n BUS
GLS Galveston (Texas Eagle Bus), Texas 25th St. and Strand St. BUS

Post offices near Houston

Post Office Name City ZIP
Civic Center Post Office Houston (TX) 77002
Two Houston Center Post Office Houston (TX) 77010
Houston Post Office Houston (TX) 77002
Sam Houston Post Office Houston (TX) 77002
Houston Post Office Houston (TX) 77002

Other cities in Harris County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Harris County , TX. (more)

City Name Population Title
Pasadena 149,440 The second most populous city in Harris County, Texas.
Baytown 77,288 The most populous city in Harris County, Texas.
Atascocita 65,844 Census designated place
Spring 54,298 Census-designated place in Harris County, Texas, United States
Channelview 38,289 Census designated place
La Porte 35,775 City in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States of America
Deer Park 32,913 City in Harris County, Texas, United States
Katy 23,889 City in Texas, United States; within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area
Cloverleaf 22,942 Census designated place
Bellaire 18,906 Village in Belmont County, Ohio, United States
Brownwood 18,208 City in Texas, United States of America
South Houston 17,446 City in Harris County, Texas, United States
Aldine 15,869 Census designated place
Humble 15,539 City in Texas
West University Place 15,496 City in Harris County, Texas, U.
Seabrook 13,879 City in Texas, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Houston distances to largest Texas cities