25 Facts About Houston TX

1. Houston TX has more than 500 institutions devoted to the performing and visual arts, science and history in the Houston area.

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2. Houston TX is one of only a few US cities with resident professional companies in the four disciplines of the performing arts: ballet, opera, symphony and theater.

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3. Houston TX received approximately 17.5 million visitors in 2015, according to the most recent data available.

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4. Houston TX rates first in total park acreage among US cities with more than one million residents.

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5. Houston TX was the headquarters of Continental Airlines until its 2010 merger with United Airlines with headquarters in Chicago; regulatory approval for the merger was granted in October of that year.

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6. In 2015, downtown Houston TX added a cycle track on Lamar Street, running from Sam Houston Park to Discovery Green.

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7. Houston TX has the largest number of bike commuters in Texas with over 160 miles of dedicated bikeways.

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8. Houston TX is the seat of the internationally renowned Texas Medical Center, which contains the world's largest concentration of research and healthcare institutions.

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9. Houston TX is served by the Houston TX Chronicle, its only major daily newspaper with wide distribution.

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10. University of Houston TX, located in the Third Ward, is a tier-one public research university and the third-largest institution of higher education in Texas.

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11. Houston TX hosts a number of graduate schools in law and healthcare.

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12. The university in Texas, the University of Houston TX has nearly 44,000 students on its 667-acre campus in the Third Ward.

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13. Houston TX is one of the country's largest hubs for human trafficking.

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14. In 2009, Houston TX became the first US city with a population over 1 million citizens to elect a gay mayor, by electing Annise Parker.

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15. Houston TX is a home rule city and all municipal elections in the state of Texas are nonpartisan.

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16. Houston TX has sports teams for every major professional league except the National Hockey League.

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17. Houston TX attracts many touring Broadway acts, concerts, shows, and exhibitions for a variety of interests.

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18. Houston TX is home to folk artists, art groups and various small progressive arts organizations.

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19. Houston TX is the beginning or end point of numerous oil, gas, and products pipelines.

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20. Houston TX is recognized worldwide for its energy industry—particularly for oil and natural gas—as well as for biomedical research and aeronautics.

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21. Houston TX has the fifth-tallest skyline in North America and 36th-tallest in the world as of 2015.

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22. Houston TX has excessive ozone levels and is routinely ranked among the most ozone-polluted cities in the United States.

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23. On February 14 and 15, 1895, Houston TX received 20 inches of snow, its largest snowfall from one storm on record.

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24. Houston TX has four major bayous passing through the city that accept water from the extensive drainage system.

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25. Houston TX was founded by land speculators on August 30, 1836, at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837.

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