Houston at a Glance

Houston is a big place with a rich history, so there’s a lot to know about it. But we’ve taken the liberty of providing easy access to the basics below.

Founded: 1836

Incorporated: June 5th 1837

Land Area:

City: 627.8 square miles

Metro: 10,062 square miles


City: 2,099,451 (2010)

Urban: 4,944,332 (2010)

Metro: 6,313,158 (2010)

Elevation: 43 ft above sea level

MSA Gross Area Product: $325.5 billion (2006)

Airports: George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P Hobby Airport, Ellington Airport

Higher-Education: 40+ colleges, universities and institutions

Mayor: Sylvester Turner

Primary Industries: Energy, Medical

Via:: Houston Topics


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