Houston Area Information

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Houston, Texas – Top US City

As the fourth largest city in the United States with a population of over 2 million people, Houston, Texas is named for General Sam Houston, the city’s heroic leader and namesake for the first president of the Republic of Texas. As a robust international city, the Houston area offers so much to both visitors and residents alike.

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Houston, TX – Rocket City, USA

Home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston proudly carries the name “Rocket City” is a city of many first in our nation’s history. Houston, the city, was the first word spoken from the surface of the moon when astronaut Neil Armstrong announced, “Houston. Tranquility Base here. Eagle has landed.” Another first for the city was the construction and operation of the famous Houston Astrodome, the first air-conditioned sports stadium.

Total Sports & Entertainment City

From world-class museums to a vibrant local entertainment scene in the downtown area, greater Houston offers something for everyone and every taste. Visitors and residents love to explore the wonders of space at the Johnson Space Center or choose to shop the day away at several of our area malls. One of the local favorite venues is The Galleria. Home to world's largest rodeo, Houston lives up to the state's reputation – “Everything is Bigger in Texas!” Houston, Texas is also home to numerous annual sporting events including the Grand Prix of Houston, the Shell Houston Open, and the Rotary Lombardi Award. Professional sports are alive and well here, with Houston serving as the home for the Houston Astros (MLB), the Houston Rockets (NBA), the Houston Texans (NFL), and the Houston Dynamo (MLS).

Houston – A Fortune 500 City

Houston is home to the world’s largest concentration of healthcare providers. The largest and most notable facility is that of The Texas Medical Center. The Texas Medical Center has one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, science, and trans-national research of any location in the world. Serving as a worldwide hub for advanced healthcare delivery, The Texas Medical Center treats patients from around the globe daily offering a superior point of patient care.

Many of the top corporations of the world call the greater Houston area home. Below is an abbreviated list of the Fortune 500 companies* that are located in the Houston area.

ConocoPhillips

Marathon Oil

Sysco

Halliburton

Plains All American Pipeline

Lyondell Chemical

Enterprise GP Holdings

Waste Management

Continental Airlines

Kinder Morgan

Reliant Energy

Anadarko Petroleum

*This information is based on Fortune 500 Magazine, April 2007 issue.

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