Houston, Texas has a booming population of 2.3 million residents, which is no surprise considering all it has to offer. Located in and the county seat of Harris County, Houston is the largest city in Texas by population and the fourth in the United States. Houston also lays claim to North America’s fourth tallest skyline and the 12th tallest skyline in the world.
Seventeen school districts share the responsibility of educating Houston’s students, including the largest district in Texas, Houston Independent School District, which is also the 7th largest district in the nation. In addition to public schools, Houston offers more than 300 private schools. For higher education, there are four distinct universities and several private learning institutions.
The energy industry, namely, oil and natural gas, has fueled the economy in Houston, Texas, as well as aeronautics, and biomedical research. But it’s not all work. Houston also knows how to play.
Within the city’s boundaries, there are 337 parks spanning 65,405 acres, and an additional 19,600 acres of green spaces. Houston beats the heat with several water parks. The area also houses a plethora of performing arts theaters, musical performances, art galleries, museums, and other elements contributing to the rich entertainment options in Houston.
Houston receives approximately 51 inches of rain each year and no snow. There are 204 days per year, on average, when the sun shines on Houston. Summer high temperatures reach around 92 degrees with winter lows well above freezing at 44 degrees.
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County is the provider of public transportation, but Houston is also known for its bike commutes with 160 miles of dedicated bikeways. George Bush International Airport and William P. Hobby Airport provide air travel.
Houston, Texas is an eclectic mix of ethnic backgrounds creating a diverse culture steeped in community spirit.
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