Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land is the fifth-most populous metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States, encompassing nine counties along the Gulf Coast in southeastern Texas. With a population of 6,997,384 people, as of 2018 census estimates, the MSA is the second-most populous in Texas after the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Colloquially referred to as Greater Houston, the 10,000-square-mile (26,000 km2) region centers on Harris County, the third-most populous county in the nation, which contains the city of Houston—the largest economic and cultural center of the South—with a population of 2.3 million. Greater Houston is part of the Texas Triangle megaregion along with the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, Greater Austin, and Greater San Antonio.
Houston has historically been among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States; it was the fastest-growing in absolute terms during the 2013–2014 census year, adding 156,371 people. The area grew 25.2% between 1990 and 2000—adding more than 950,000 people—while the nation's population increased only 13.2% over the same period, and from 2000 to 2007 alone, the area added over 910,000 people. The Greater Houston Partnership projects the metropolitan area will add between 4.1 and 8.3 million new residents between 2010 and 2050.
Greater Houston has the seventh-highest metropolitan-area gross domestic product in the United States, valued at $490 billion in 2017. A major trade center anchored by the Port of Houston, Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land has the second-highest trade export value of all MSAs, at over $84 billion in 2016, accounting for 42% of the total exports of Texas. Metropolitan Houston is home to the headquarters of 21 Fortune 500 companies, ranking fourth among all MSAs.
Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land
|• Urban||1,660.0 sq mi (4,299.4 km2)|
|• Metro||10,062 sq mi (26,061 km2)|
|Highest elevation||430 ft (131 m)|
|Lowest elevation||0 ft (0 m)|
|• Density||2,978.5/sq mi (1,150.0/km2)|
|• MSA||6,997,384 (5th)|
|• CSA||7,197,883 (9th)|
|MSA/CSA = 2018, Urban = 2010|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan statistical area has a total area of 10,062 square miles (26,060 km²), of which 8,929 sq mi (23,130 km2) is land and 1,133 sq mi (2,930 km2) is water. The region is slightly smaller than the state of Massachusetts and slightly larger than New Jersey. The Office of Management and Budget combines the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugarland MSA with four micropolitan statistical areas (Bay City, Brenham, El Campo, and Huntsville) to form the Houston–The Woodlands, TX Combined Statistical Area.
The metropolitan area is located in the Gulf Coastal Plains biome, and its vegetation is classified as temperate grassland. Much of the urbanized area was built on forested land, marshes, swamp, or prairie, remnants of which can still be seen in surrounding areas. Of particular note is the Katy Prairie to the west, the Big Thicket to the northeast, and the Galveston Bay ecosystem to the south. Additionally, the metropolitan region is crossed by a number of creeks and bayous which provide essential drainage during rainfall events; some of the most notable waterways include Buffalo Bayou (upon which Houston was founded), White Oak Bayou, Brays Bayou, Spring Creek, and the San Jacinto River. The upper drainage basin of Buffalo Bayou is impounded by two large flood control reservoirs, Barker Reservoir and Addicks Reservoir, which provide a combined 400,000 acre-feet of storage during large rainfall events and cover a total land area of 26,100 acres (106 km2). Greater Houston's flat topography, susceptibility to high-intensity rainfall events, high level of impervious surface, and inadequately-sized natural drainage channels make it particularly susceptible to catastrophic flooding events.
Underpinning Houston's land surface are unconsolidated clays, clay shales, and poorly cemented sands up to several miles deep. The region's geology developed from stream deposits formed from the erosion of the Rocky Mountains. These sediments consist of a series of sands and clays deposited on decaying organic matter that, over time, transformed into oil and natural gas. Beneath these tiers 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 dome shapes, often trapping oil and gas that seeped from the surrounding porous sands. This thick, rich soil also provides a good environment for rice farming in suburban outskirts into which the city continues to grow near Katy. Evidence of past rice farming is even still evident in developed areas as an abundance of rich, dark, loamy top soil exists.
The Houston region is generally earthquake-free. While the city of Houston contains over 150 to 300 active surface faults with an aggregate length of up to 310 miles (500 km), the clay below the surface precludes the buildup of friction that produces ground-shaking in earthquakes. These faults generally move at a smooth rate in what is termed "fault creep".
A number of tropical storms and hurricanes have hit the area, including:
As defined by the Office of Management and Budget, the metropolitan area of Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land encompasses nine counties in Texas. They are listed below with population figures as of the 2010 U.S. Census.
Five "principal" communities are designated within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The Woodlands is a CDP; the rest are cities:
|Historical populations - Houston Metropolitan Area|
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of 2011 Greater Houston has four of Texas' ten wealthiest communities, which include the wealthiest community, Hunters Creek Village, the fourth-wealthiest community, Bunker Hill Village, the fifth-wealthiest community, West University Place, and the sixth-wealthiest community, Piney Point Village.
|County||2017 Estimate||2010 Census||Change||Area||Density|
|Austin County||29,786||28,417||+4.82%||646.51 sq mi (1,674.5 km2)||46/sq mi (18/km2)|
|Brazoria County||362,457||313,166||+15.74%||1,357.70 sq mi (3,516.4 km2)||267/sq mi (103/km2)|
|Chambers County||41,441||35,096||+18.08%||597.14 sq mi (1,546.6 km2)||69/sq mi (27/km2)|
|Fort Bend County||764,828||585,375||+30.66%||861.48 sq mi (2,231.2 km2)||888/sq mi (343/km2)|
|Galveston County||335,036||291,309||+15.01%||378.36 sq mi (979.9 km2)||885/sq mi (342/km2)|
|Harris County||4,652,980||4,092,459||+13.70%||1,703.48 sq mi (4,412.0 km2)||2,731/sq mi (1,055/km2)|
|Liberty County||83,658||75,643||+10.60%||1,158.42 sq mi (3,000.3 km2)||72/sq mi (28/km2)|
|Montgomery County||570,934||455,746||+25.27%||1,041.73 sq mi (2,698.1 km2)||548/sq mi (212/km2)|
|Waller County||51,307||43,205||+18.75%||513.43 sq mi (1,329.8 km2)||100/sq mi (39/km2)|
|Total||6,892,427||5,920,416||+16.42%||8,258.25 sq mi (21,388.8 km2)||835/sq mi (322/km2)|
Among the ten most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S., Houston ranked first in employment growth rate and second in nominal employment growth. In 2006, the Houston metropolitan area ranked first in Texas and third in the U.S. within the category of "Best Places for Business and Careers" by Forbes.
The Houston–The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA's gross metropolitan product (GMP) in 2005 was $308.7 billion, up 5.4% from 2004 in constant dollars—slightly larger than Austria's gross domestic product. By 2012, the GMP had risen to $449 billion, the fourth-largest of any metropolitan area in the United States. Only 26 nations other than the United States had a GDP exceeding Houston's GAP. Mining, which in Houston is almost entirely oil and gas exploration and production, accounted for 11% of Houston's GAP—down from 21% as recently as 1985. The reduced role of oil and gas in Houston's GAP reflects the rapid growth of other sectors—such as engineering services, health services, and manufacturing.
The area's economic activity is centered in Houston, the county seat of Harris County. Houston is second to New York City in Fortune 500 headquarters. The city has attempted to build a banking industry, but the companies originally started in Houston have since merged with other companies nationwide. Banking, however, is still vital to the region.
Galveston Bay and the Buffalo Bayou together form one of the most important shipping hubs in the world. The Port of Houston, the Port of Texas City, and the Port of Galveston are all major seaports located in this Greater Houston area. The area is also one of the leading centers of the energy industry, particularly petroleum processing, and many companies have large operations in this region. The metropolitan area also comprises the largest petrochemical manufacturing area in the world, including for synthetic rubber, insecticides, and fertilizers. The area is also the world's leading center for building oilfield equipment. The region is also a major center of biomedical research, aeronautics, and high technology.
Much of the metro area's success as a petrochemical complex is enabled by its busy man-made ship channel, the Houston Ship Channel. Because of these economic trades, many residents have moved to the Houston area from other U.S. states, as well as hundreds of countries worldwide. Unlike most places, where high fuel prices are seen as harmful to the economy, they are generally seen as beneficial for Houston, as many are employed in the energy industry. Baytown, Pasadena/La Porte, and Texas City have some of the area's largest petroleum/petrochemical plants, though major operations can be found in Houston, Anahuac, Clute, and other communities. Galveston has the largest cruise ship terminal in Texas (and the 12th-largest in the world). The island, as well the Clear Lake Area, are major recreation and tourism areas in the region.
The University of Houston System's annual impact on the Houston-area's economy equates to that of a major corporation: $1.1 billion in new funds attracted annually to the Houston area, $3.13 billion in total economic benefit, and 24,000 local jobs generated. This is in addition to the 12,500 new graduates the UH System produces every year who enter the workforce in Houston and throughout Texas. These degree-holders tend to stay in Houston; after five years, 80.5% of graduates are still living and working in the region.
Sugar Land is home to the second-largest economic activities and fifth-largest city in the metropolitan area. Sugar Land has the most important economic center in Fort Bend County. The city holds the Imperial Sugar (its namesake), Nalco Champion, and Western Airways headquarters. Engineering firms and other related industries have managed to take the place as an economic engine.
|Houston Astros||Baseball||1962||MLB||Minute Maid Park|
|Houston Rockets||Basketball||1967||NBA||Toyota Center|
|Houston Texans||Football||2002||NFL||NRG Stadium|
|Houston Dynamo||Soccer||2005||MLS||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Houston Dash||Women's soccer||2014||NWSL||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Houston SaberCats||Rugby Union||2018||MLR||Aveva Stadium|
|Houston Energy||Football||2001||WPFL||The Rig|
|Houston Red Storm||Basketball||2006||ABA||John H. Reagan HS|
|Sugar Land Skeeters||Baseball||2010||ALPB||Constellation Field|
|Houston Dutch Lions||Soccer||2011||PDL||HDLFC Soccer Complex|
|Houston Aces||Women's soccer||2012||UWS||Carl Lewis Stadium|
|Houston Hotshots||Indoor Soccer||2015||PASL||TBD|
Greater Houston is home to five NCAA Division I programs, with four located within Houston proper. The University of Houston and Rice University play in Division I (FBS). The University of Houston plays in the American Athletic Conference, while Rice belongs to Conference USA. Both schools were once part of the Southwest Conference. Texas Southern University, which is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, plays in Division I (FCS). Houston Baptist University currently plays in Division I (FCS), mainly in the Southland Conference. Rice and Houston Baptist are widely noted for their student-athlete graduation rates, which number at 91% for Rice (tied for highest in the nation according to a 2002 Sports Illustrated issue on best college sports programs) and 80% for HBU.
|Prairie View A&M University||1876||Prairie View A&M Panthers||Southwestern Athletic Conference|
|Rice University||1912||Rice Owls||Conference USA|
|Texas Southern University||1927||Texas Southern Tigers||Southwestern Athletic Conference|
|University of Houston||1927||Houston Cougars||American Athletic Conference|
|Houston Baptist University||1960||Houston Baptist Huskies||Southland Conference|
Houston is or has been home to various nationally known sporting events. The most notable is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which is the world's largest livestock exhibition and rodeo event. Other events of importance on greater Houston include the Shell Houston Open (a PGA Tour event), the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships (ATP tour), the Houston Marathon, and the Texas Bowl college football bowl game. From 1959 to 1987, Houston hosted the Bluebonnet Bowl. Houston has also played host to three Super Bowls (VIII, XXXVIII, LI), the 1968, 1986, and 2004 MLB All-Star Games, 2017 World Series, 2005 World Series, and the 1989, 2006, 2013 NBA All-Star Games. Houston has also played host to various high school and college sporting events, including the Big 12 Championship Game and hosted the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four, 2010 NCAA Men's Regional Finals, and 2010 MLS All-Star Game. Houston has held two WrestleMania events, WrestleMania X-Seven and WrestleMania XXV, which is considered the biggest pro-wrestling event of the year, seen as the Super Bowl of pro-wrestling. Houston was also considered a candidate for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Houston's concentration of consular offices ranks third in the nation and first in the South, with 90 countries represented. Houston has a sizable Hispanic community. CNN/Money and Money magazine have recognized cities in the Greater Houston area the past three years as part of its 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. In 2005, Sugar Land, southwest of Houston in northeast Fort Bend County, was ranked 46th in the nation, and one of only three Texas cities among the Top 100. In 2006, the magazine recognized Sugar Land again, this time as the third-best city on its list. Also making the 2006 list were League City (65th) in northern Galveston County and The Woodlands (73rd) in southern Montgomery County. In 2007, another Houston suburb, Friendswood, made the list ranked 51st in the nation. The 2006 list only includes cities with at least 50,000 residents, and the 2007 list contains only cities with less than 50,000 residents.
Greater Houston is widely noted for its ethnic diversity and strong international community. In its 2010 publication "Urban Elite", A.T. Kearney added the city to their list of the 65 most important world cities and ranks Houston 35th, as "...a magnet for a diverse population and business services...". The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network ranks Houston as a Beta- World City, "an important world city instrumental to linking their region or state to the world economy."
Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area is served by a public television station and one public radio station. KUHT (HoustonPBS) is a PBS member station and is the first public television station in the United States. Houston Public Radio is listener-funded radio and comprises one NPR member station, KUHF (KUHF News). The University of Houston System owns and holds broadcasting licenses to KUHT and KUHF. The stations broadcast from the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting, located on the campus of the University of Houston.
The Houston area is served by the Houston Chronicle, its only major daily newspaper with wide distribution. The Hearst Corporation, which owns and operates the Houston Chronicle, bought the assets of the Houston Post—its long-time rival and main competition—when Houston Post ceased operations in 1995. The Houston Post was owned by the family of former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby of Houston. The only other major publication to serve the city is the Houston Press—a free alternative weekly with a weekly readership of more than 300,000.
The Galveston County Daily News, founded in 1842, is that city's primary newspaper and the oldest continuously printed newspaper in Texas. It currently serves as the newspaper of record for Galveston, as well as Galveston County. Radio station KGBC, on air since 1947, has also served as a local media outlet.
Five separate and distinct state universities are located within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. The University of Houston is a nationally recognized Tier One research university, and is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. The third-largest university in Texas, the University of Houston has nearly 43,000 students on its 667-acre campus in southeast Houston. The University of Houston–Clear Lake and the University of Houston–Downtown are standalone universities; they are not branch campuses of the University of Houston. The metropolitan area is home to the two largest historically black institutions in the state: Texas Southern University (largest) and Prairie View A&M University. The University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A&M University at Galveston, a branch campus of Texas A&M University, are located in Galveston.
Several private institutions of higher learning—ranging from liberal arts colleges to a nationally recognized Tier One research university—are located within the metropolitan area. The University of St. Thomas is the only Catholic institution of higher education in Houston. Houston Baptist University, located in the Sharpstown area, was founded in 1960. Rice University is one of the leading teaching and research universities of the United States and consistently ranks among the nation's top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Three community college districts exist with campuses in and around Houston. The Houston Community College System serves most of Houston. The northwestern through northeastern parts of the metropolitan area are served by various campuses of the Lone Star College System, while the southeastern portion of the city and some surrounding areas are served by San Jacinto College. Eastern portions of the area and small sections of the city are served by Lee College. Portions of Fort Bend County are served by Wharton County Junior College. Portions of Galveston County are served by College of the Mainland and Galveston College. Portions of Brazoria County are served by Alvin Community College and Brazosport College. Blinn College serves portions of Austin County. The Houston Community College and Lone Star College systems are within the 10 largest institutions of higher learning in the United States.
Houston's freeway system includes 575.5 miles (926.2 km) of freeways and expressways in the 10-county metro area. The State of Texas plans to spend $65 billion on Houston area highways by 2025. Houston freeways are heavily traveled and often under construction to meet the demands of continuing growth.
The Greater Houston area has a hub-and-spoke freeway structure with multiple loops. The innermost is Interstate 610, forming a roughly 42-mile (70 km)-circumference loop around downtown. The nearly square Loop 610 is quartered into "North Loop", "South Loop", "West Loop", and "East Loop". The roads of Beltway 8 and their freeway core, the Sam Houston Tollway, are the next loop, at a diameter around 83 miles (134 km). A planned highway project, State Highway 99 (the Grand Parkway), will form the third loop outside of Houston. Currently, a completed portion of State Highway 99 runs from U.S. Highway 59, Near New Caney, to U.S. Highway 59 in Sugar Land, southwest of Houston, and was completed in 2016. Another segment of State Highway 99 from Interstate 10 south to Farm-to-Market Road 1405 in Chambers County was completed in 2008. The next portion to be constructed is from the current terminus at U.S. Highway 290 to U.S. Highway 59 in Montgomery County. Freeways also include the Westpark Tollway, which runs from U.S. Hwy 59 to Texas Hwy 99 and the Fort Bend Parkway, which runs from U.S. Hwy 90-A to Texas Hwy 6 in Missouri City. When completed in the future, Interstate 69, will start at the Mexico–US border, go through the Greater Houston area, and continue on to Michigan at the Canada–US border. All of Interstate 69 has been completed in the Greater Houston area and is co-signed with U.S. Highway 59. Interstate 45, which starts at State Highway 75 in Dallas provides transport from Houston to Dallas.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, or METRO, provides public transportation in the form of buses, trolleys, and lift vans.
METRO began running light rail service (METRORail) on January 1, 2004. Currently, the track is rather short — about 22.7 miles (20.6 km) from Northline Transit Center Station through downtown Houston to the Texas Medical Center and Reliant Park, and lines from downtown to the East End and the University of Houston/Lower 3rd Ward. Still, the system is traveled by about 61,000 people daily, giving it the second-highest ridership per track mile in the nation. The Uptown Light Rail Line has been converted to a BRT Line and began construction in the late 2nd quarter of 2016. The BRT Line will run between the former NW Mall (which is in the process of redevelopment) and the WestPark TC. METRO's various forms of public transportation still do not connect multiple suburbs to the inner city (defined by the 610 loop), causing Houstonians to rely on the automobile as a primary source of transportation. The problem is one due the lack of a central metropolitan area transportation authority, primarily due to a few suburban counties refusing to cooperate with METRO. For example, there are multiple coach bus services that run into downtown Houston. METRO is in the late planning stages of the US 90 Commuter line which will service the Ft Bend County and SW Harris County suburban region. Prior to the opening of METRORail, Houston was the largest major city in the United States without a rail transit system.
Following a successful referendum held locally in 2004, METRO is currently in the beginning design phases of a 10-year expansion plan to add five more sections to connect to the current rail system. An 8.3-mile (13.4-km) expansion has been approved to run the service from Uptown through Texas Southern University, ending at the University of Houston campus.
Some areas in east Harris County are served by Harris County Transit.
In 2010, Continental Airlines moved its headquarters from downtown Houston to downtown Chicago upon its merger with United Airlines. The southeast of Houston has William P. Hobby Airport, the second-largest commercial passenger airport. Houston's third-largest airport is Ellington Field, which houses several National Guard and Air National Guard units, as well as a United States Coast Guard air station and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center's fleet of jets that are used to train astronauts. Sugar Land has the Sugar Land Regional Airport, which is the fourth-largest airport in the metropolitan area. Both Sugar Land Regional and Ellington Field serve as reliever airports for the Houston Airport System.
Greyhound Bus Lines operates services from three bus stations in the City of Houston:
In addition, Greyhound operates services from two stops
Greyhound also operates services to stops within other cities in the Greater Houston area, including:
Three Megabus stations additionally serve the Houston area:
The city of Houston has historically voted Democratic except for its affluent western and west-central portions, including the River Oaks, Westchase, Memorial, and Uptown areas, as well as the Kingwood and Clear Lake City master-planned communities on Houston's far northeast and southeast sides, respectively. All these areas favor and are almost entirely represented both in Congress and in the Texas Legislature by Republicans. Democrats' strongest areas are within Loop 610, and in the largely poor and minority northern, eastern, and southern portions of Houston. Most of these areas have sizable Hispanic populations, though some northern and southern parts of the city have mostly notable large African American communities. Democrats are also stronger in the more liberal Neartown area, which is home to a large artist and LGBT community, and Alief, which houses a sizable Asian American population. In 2008, almost every county in the region voted for Republican John McCain; only Harris County was won by Democratic candidate Barack Obama, by a small margin (51%–49%). Galveston has long been a staunch Democratic stronghold, with the most active Democratic county establishment in the state.
Houston's suburbs are also politically divided. Such examples:
|Senate Class 1||Ted Cruz||Republican||2012||Junior Senator|
|Senate Class 2||John Cornyn||Republican||2002||Senior Senator|
|Representatives||Name||Party||First elected||Area(s) of Greater Houston represented|
|District 2||Dan Crenshaw||Republican||2018||Kingwood portion of Houston, Spring, northeast Harris County (including Baytown, Humble and La Porte), western and southern Liberty County|
|District 7||Lizzie Pannill Fletcher||Democratic||2018||West Houston, Memorial Villages, Bellaire, West University Place, west and northwest Harris County|
|District 8||Kevin Brady||Republican||1996||Montgomery and San Jacinto counties; northern Liberty County|
|District 9||Al Green||Democratic||2004||Alief, Southwest Houston, Houston's Southside, portions of Fort Bend County (Mission Bend, eastern portion of Stafford, northern and eastern portions of Missouri City, county's entire share of Houston)|
|District 10||Michael McCaul||Republican||2004||Northwest Harris County; Austin and Waller counties; most of the Greater Katy area|
|District 18||Sheila Jackson Lee||Democratic||1994||Downtown Houston, Bush IAH, northwest and northeast Houston, inner portions of Houston's Southside|
|District 22||Pete Olson||Republican||2008||most of Fort Bend County (Sugar Land, Rosenberg, the southern portion of Greater Katy, plus western and southern portions of Missouri City), northern Brazoria County (including Pearland), portions of Galveston County (La Marque), southern and central Pasadena, Deer Park|
|District 29||Sylvia Garcia||Democratic||2018||East Houston, northern Pasadena, Galena Park, Channelview (all Harris County)|
|District 36||Brian Babin||Republican||2014||Southeastern and eastern parts of Harris County (including the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center)|
|District||Name||Party||First elected||Area(s) of Greater Houston represented|
|3||Robert Nichols||Republican||2006||Northern and western Montgomery County (including Conroe), San Jacinto County|
|4||Brandon Creighton||Republican||2014||Southern Montgomery County (including The Woodlands), Kingwood, Liberty County, Chambers County, far eastern portions of Baytown|
|6||Carol Alvarado||Democratic||2018||Houston Ship Channel, eastern portions of Houston, Jacinto City, Galena Park, northern Pasadena, western portion of Baytown|
|7||Paul Bettencourt||Republican||2015||Memorial Villages, Memorial/Spring Branch area, Addicks Reservoir, Northwest Harris County|
|11||Larry Taylor||Republican||2013||Northern and central Brazoria County, southeastern portions of Houston and Harris County, the Galveston County mainland, and all areas roughly north of SH 87 on Galveston Island.|
|13||Borris Miles||Democratic||2017||Downtown Houston, Texas Medical Center, southwest and northeast Houston, Houston's Southside, northern portions of Missouri City, Stafford|
|15||John Whitmire||Democratic||1983||Northwest Houston, Bush IAH, southern portion of Humble, eastern Harris County|
|17||Joan Huffman||Republican||2008||Meyerland, Bellaire, West University Place, much of Katy area, far west Houston, Barker Reservoir, portions of Fort Bend County (Sugar Land and southern Missouri City) southern Brazoria County, the area of Galveston Island south of SH 87, entire Bolivar Peninsula, and Port Arthur.|
|18||Lois Kolkhorst||Republican||2015||Austin, Waller and Wharton counties; western Fort Bend County|
|District||Name||Party||First elected||Area(s) of Greater Houston represented|
|3||Cecil Bell Jr.||Republican||2013||Waller County, Montgomery County|
|13||Leighton Schubert||Republican||2015||Austin County|
|15||Mark Keough||Republican||2014||The Woodlands, southern Montgomery County|
|16||Will Metcalf||Republican||2015||Northern and central Montgomery County (including Conroe)|
|18||Ernest Bailes||Republican||2017||San Jacinto County, Liberty County, Walker County|
|23||Wayne Faircloth||Republican||2015||Galveston, Texas City, Bolivar Peninsula, Chambers County|
|24||Greg Bonnen||Republican||2013||Hitchcock, La Marque, Santa Fe, Dickinson, League City, Friendswood (all in Galveston County)|
|25||Dennis Bonnen||Republican||1996||Southern Brazoria County (Lake Jackson, Angleton, Freeport)|
|26||Rick Miller||Republican||2013||Sugar Land|
|126||Kevin Roberts||Republican||2017||Champions/FM 1960|
|127||Dan Huberty||Republican||2011||Kingwood, Lake Houston, Crosby, Wallisville|
|128||Briscoe Cain||Republican||2017||East Harris County (Baytown, Deer Park, La Porte)|
|129||Dennis Paul||Republican||2015||Southeast Harris County (Clear Lake City Area, NASA Johnson Space Center)|
|130||Tom Oliverson||Republican||2017||Northwest Harris County (including Tomball and Cypress-Fairbanks areas)|
|131||Alma Allen||Democratic||2004||Outer portions of Houston's Southside|
|132||Mike Schofield||Republican||2015||West Harris County (including county's share of Katy and unincorporated western parts of the Katy area)|
|133||Jim Murphy||Republican||2006||West Houston, western portion of Memorial/Spring Branch, part of the Energy Corridor|
|134||Sarah Davis||Republican||2006||Inner western portions of Houston (including Meyerland, River Oaks and Memorial Park), Texas Medical Center, West University Place, Bellaire, Southside Place|
|135||Gary Elkins||Republican||1994||Parts of northwest Harris County (including Jersey Village) and southeastern segments of the Champions/FM 1960 area|
|136||Beverly Woolley||Republican||1994||Memorial Villages and surrounding areas|
|137||Gene Wu||Democratic||2013||Southwest Houston (including Sharpstown, Westwood and Fondren Southwest)|
|138||Dwayne Bohac||Republican||2002||Northwest Houston and parts of the Memorial/Spring Branch area north of I-10, Addicks Reservoir|
|139||Jarvis Johnson||Democratic||2016||North Houston and Aldine west of I-45|
|140||Armando Walle||Democratic||2008||North Houston and Aldine east of I-45|
|141||Senfronia Thompson||Democratic||1972||Northeast Houston, Bush IAH, Greenspoint, southern portion of Humble|
|143||Ana Hernandez||Democratic||2005 (special election filling the unexpired term of Joe Moreno)||East Houston within Loop 610, Houston Ship Channel, Galena Park, Jacinto City, northern Pasadena|
|;||144||Mary Ann Perez||Democratic||2017||Southern Pasadena, far southeast Houston|
|145||Carol Alvarado||Democratic||2009||Inner southeastern portions of Houston (mainly east of I-45), South Houston (not part of the city of Houston)|
|146||Shawn Thierry||Democratic||2017||Inner portions of Houston's Southside|
|147||Garnet Coleman||Democratic||1991 (special election filling the unexpired term of Larry Evans)||Downtown Houston, inner southeastern portions of Houston (mainly west of I-45)|
|148||Jessica Farrar||Democratic||1994||Northwest Houston mainly within Loop 610 (including Houston Heights)|
|149||Hubert Vo||Democratic||2004||Far west Houston, Alief, unincorporated portions of Katy area east of Fry Rd, Barker Reservoir|
|150||Valoree Swanson||Republican||2017||Northern Harris County (Spring, Klein, northern Humble)|
The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area was also the top in metro area numerical increase with 156,371 people added between 2013 and 2014, followed by the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area with a 131,217-person increase and the New York-Newark-Jersey City-Pennsylvania area with a 90,797-person increase.
Angleton is a city in and the county seat of Brazoria County, Texas, United States, within the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area. Angleton lies at the intersection of State Highway 288, State Highway 35, and the Union Pacific Railroad. The population was 18,862 at the 2010 census. Angleton is in the 14th congressional district, and is represented by Republican Congressman Randy Weber.Bellville, Texas
Bellville is a city in the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Austin County. The city's population was 4,097 at the 2010 census. Bellville was named for Thomas B. Bell, one of Stephen F. Austin's earliest colonists, after he and his brother donated land for the new county seat established by voters in 1846. San Felipe had been the county seat before the war for independence.
State Highway 36 and State Highway 159 intersect at Bellville, as do FM 529, FM 1456, and FM 242.Chambers County, Texas
Chambers County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,096. The county seat is Anahuac.Chambers County is one of the nine counties that comprise Greater Houston, the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land.Chinquapin Preparatory School
Chinquapin Preparatory School is a nonprofit private college-preparatory school, grades six through twelve, which serves low-income youth, particularly minorities, from the Greater Houston area. The school, accredited by the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools, is located in Highlands in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, USA, near Baytown.Chinquapin Prep, along with Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston and Yellowstone Academy, is one of the few Greater Houston private schools that caters to low income students.Clear Lake (Galveston Bay)
Clear Lake is a brackish harbour located near Houston, Texas, U.S., in Harris County. The lake feeds Galveston Bay. It is bordered by Houston (Clear Lake City), Pasadena, League City, Clear Lake Shores, Taylor Lake Village, Seabrook and El Lago, Texas. NASA's Johnson Space Center lies near its shores.
The lake is a major recreation center and home to one of the largest concentrations of recreational boats and marinas in the nation. The communities surrounding the lake, known collectively as the Clear Lake Area, contain a large base of tourism and high-tech businesses.Clear Lake City (Greater Houston)
Clear Lake City is a master-planned community located in southeast Harris County, Texas, within the Bay Area of Greater Houston. It is the second-largest master-planned community in Houston — behind Kingwood. The majority of the community lies in the corporate limits of Houston, while a northern portion is in the city limits of Pasadena and a small eastern portion within the city limits of Taylor Lake Village.The community is adjacent to NASA's Johnson Space Center, as well as other major aerospace companies—including Boeing and Lockheed-Martin. The community and its adjacent areas have a high concentration of engineers due to both NASA and the local petrochemical and biomedical industries.Cloverleaf, Texas
Cloverleaf is a census-designated place (CDP) in east central Harris County, Texas, United States. The population was 22,942 at the 2010 census.Coldspring, Texas
Coldspring is a city in San Jacinto County, Texas, United States. The population was 853 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of San Jacinto County which is named after the river that traverses it and shares its name with the Battle which gave Texas its independence.Dickinson Bay (Texas)
Dickinson Bay is an inlet of Galveston Bay in Texas, United States within the Greater Houston metropolitan area. It is fed by Dickinson Bayou and the community of San Leon sits on a peninsula to its north.Hockley, Texas
Hockley is an unincorporated community located in Harris County, Texas on Texas State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 290, approximately five miles southeast of the city hall of Waller, and thirty-six miles northwest of Downtown Houston.The community serves as the main hub for railway traffic serving Houston, Austin, and many parts of central Texas. The Southern Pacific (now known as Union Pacific) rail line is one of the community's major employers. The community is surrounded by grain farms and cattle ranches.Houston
Houston ( (listen) HEW-stən) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas, fourth most populous city in the United States, as well as the sixth most populous in North America, with an estimated 2018 population of 2,328,419. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, with a population of 6,997,384 in 2018.Comprising a total area of 637.4 square miles (1,651 km2), Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States (including consolidated city-counties). It is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is similarly not consolidated with that of a county or borough. Though primarily in Harris County, small portions of the city extend into Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, bordering other principal communities of Greater Houston such as Sugar Land and The Woodlands.
The city of Houston was founded by land speculators on August 30, 1836, 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, 1837. The city is named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had won Texas' independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles (40 km) east of Allen's Landing. After briefly serving as the capital of the Texas Republic in the late 1830s, Houston grew steadily into a regional trading center for the remainder of the 19th century.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 1900 hurricane, the subsequent construction of the Houston Ship Channel, and the Texas oil boom. In the mid-20th century, Houston's economy diversified as it became home to the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.
Houston's economy since the late-20th century has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. Leading in healthcare sectors and building oilfield equipment, Houston has the second most Fortune 500 headquarters of any U.S. municipality within its city limits (after New York City). The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. Nicknamed the "Space City" and "H-Town", Houston has become a global city, with strengths in culture, medicine, and research. 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.S. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.Islamic Education Institute of Texas
The Islamic Education Institute of Texas (IEIT), also known as Darul Arqam Islamic School District (DAISD) and Darul Arqam Schools is a network of Islamic schools in Greater Houston, Texas, United States. They are a subsidiary of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH). IEIT is headquartered in Southwest Management District in Houston.IEIT, as Darul Arqam, began as a full-time PreK-3 school located in two mobile homes in 1992, with 33 students and 8 faculty members. It is a PreK-12 school system.Lewis Food Town
Lewis Food Town, Inc., doing business as Food Town Grocery Stores, is a chain of grocery stores located in Greater Houston, founded in 1994. The headquarters are in South Houston. Ross Lewis founded it as he came out of retirement. He currently has over 40 years of Grocer experience.As of 2003 the chain had 14 stores in Greater Houston, and took a 2.57% market share in that market. As of that year the Shelby Report stated that Lewis Food Town was the sixth largest grocery store chain in Greater Houston. As of 2011 the chain had 30 stores in the area. The stores are more densely located in the south part of the city.List of cities and towns in Greater Houston
This is a complete list of all incorporated cities, towns, and villages within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area defined by the U.S. Census as of April 2010. Some of the more significant CDP's are also included. Some municipalities may have changed their positions in subsequent estimates.List of museums in the Texas Gulf Coast
This article was split from List of museums in Texas.
The list of museums in the Texas Gulf Coast encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. Also included are non-profit art galleries and exhibit spaces.
Counties included are Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Orange, Walker, Waller, and Wharton County, Texas.To use the sortable table, click on the icons at the top of each column to sort that column in alphabetical order; click again for reverse alphabetical orderNorth Shore, Houston
North Shore is a community in northeast Harris County, Texas with a small portion inside the city of Houston, Texas. The area includes subdivisions such as Songwood, Holiday Forest, Wood Bayou, Cimarron, Home Owned Estates, Woodland Acres, Hidden Forest, Pine Trails, Woodforest, Woodforest North, New Forest, and New Forest West, as well as newer neighborhoods near Highway 90 and Beltway 8 North Sam Houston Parkway.
Northshore was annexed by Houston in the 1950s.The best known subdivision in North Shore is Woodforest, a Taylor Home development. Taylor, founder and CEO of VIP Homes, began building in North Shore in the late 1960s and early 1970s, primarily ranch style, single family homes.
North Shore is served by line #137 in the Metro system of buses which run all over Houston.San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College is a community college in the Greater Houston area in the U.S. state of Texas.
Established in 1961, San Jacinto College originally consisted of the independent school districts (ISD) of Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte, and Pasadena. The college now also serves Sheldon, and portions of Clear Creek ISD and Humble ISD. San Jacinto College headquarters are located in Pasadena, Texas.The Daily News (Texas)
The Daily News, formerly the Galveston County Daily News and Galveston Daily News, is a newspaper published in Galveston, Texas, United States. It was first published April 11, 1842, making it the oldest newspaper in the U.S. state of Texas. The newspaper founded The Dallas Morning News on October 1, 1885 as a sister publication. It currently serves as the newspaper of record for the City of Galveston as well as Galveston County.The Woodlands Mall
The Woodlands Mall is a three-story, enclosed shopping mall located at the intersection of Interstate 45 and Lake Woodlands Drive in the community of The Woodlands in unincorporated Montgomery County, Texas, United States, north of Houston. The Woodlands Mall features six anchor stores: Dick's Sporting Goods, Dillard's, Forever 21, JCPenney, Macy's, and Nordstrom. With a gross leasable area of 1,350,000 square feet (125,000 m2), The Woodlands Mall is considered a super-regional mall by industry definitions. The Woodlands Mall is managed by Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land
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