Maybe you have already read about our event we did in Houston but still when visiting another city we try to really understand the people living there and how they think in order to truly get the best experience for both parties when doing an event. Therefore, this is just a short summary about Houston and what to see there.
Along with its nickname “The Space City”, the city of Houston, Texas is residence to numerous factories, schools, hospitals, cultural facilities, and not only that: the people of Houston make it a very special place to live. It is estimated that it is the most diverse city in the United States, with over 90 languages being spoken in the area. It is the largest city in the state of Texas and in the Southern United States.
Houston was founded in 1836 and was named after Sam Houston, the head of state of the former Republic of Texas. Throughout its history, it has ended up being home to many important institutions, probably the most famous being Johnson’s Space Center and its Mission Control. We all remember that 1995 movie with its quote “Houston, we have a problem” that illustrates the 1970 mission to the Moon.
Economy of Houston
One of the most important industry branches is natural gas and oil industry. Many of Houston inhabitants are hired in the industry, whose success stems from the activity on the Port of Houston It also serves as the end point to many pipelines.
In recent years, there has been a surge in popularity of renewable energy sources in Houston, Texas. In 2013, 25 Fortune 500 companies were headquartered in Houston, one of them being Phillips 66.
Being home to more than 10,000 production facilities, petrochemical and aerospace industries, as well as the growing significance of financial institutions, trade, tourism, and computer companies comprise only a part of the services Houston, Texas has to offer.
Education of Houston
Houston is also a vital regional center for higher education. Currently, there are 4 universities operating in the city: the University of Houston, the University of Houston– Clear Lake, the University of Houston– Downtown, and the Texas Southern University.
The Texas Medical Center is a large hospital complex containing four medical schools, the largest cancer hospital and the largest children’s hospital in the world. Cancer patients all over the country are being managed here and it has been proclaimed the best cancer hospital in the US.
City of Culture
Over a million of Houston citizens are foreigners, which makes Houston a very varied city. The Mahatma Gandhi District and the Houston’s Chinatown offer just a part of the city’s rich population. There are numerous festivals in Houston, such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Bayou City Art Festival.
Houston is proud of its many cultural facilities, including opera, ballet and music halls, museums, and theaters. There are many venues that showcase music acts or various genres: rock, country blues, and the local Houston hip-hop.
The city is also home to many sports events, such as the Grand Prix of Houston and the Texas Superbowl, and has teams in nearly every major national league.
Houston also has the largest percentage of green land, when taking the 10 biggest United States cities into consideration. It has over 300 parks that feature museums, a zoo, and other facilities.