Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States of America. Houston is the county seat of Harris County, with a population of approximately 1.9 million. Some refer to Houston as the "Bayou (pronounced buy-yoo) City."
Houston is known for its thriving energy industry and the largest medical center in the country, as well as the second largest performing arts district in the nation.
Unlike most other big cities, Houston is growing and has affordable housing relatively close to its downtown. It has benefited from no zoning, in contrast which liberal cities.
Its mayor is Annice Parker.
The city of Houston was founded on August 30, 1836. The founders were two brothers named Augustus C. and John K. Allen. They bought 6,642 acres of land near the Buffalo Bayou.
Famous People from Houston
- Michael Dell - Born February 23, 1965, he is an entrepreneur who founded Dell Computer Systems.
- Beyonce Knowles - Born September 4, 1981, Beyonce is a singer and actress. She was a part of the band Destiny's Child for a while. She's also acted in movies such as Dream Girls and the Austin Powers series.
- Dan Rather - Born October 31, 1931. Dan Rather was a journalist and news anchor for CBS Evening News for 24 years.