Faster growing Houston Metro Area has over 7 million residents and is the 5th largest metro area in America.
Having over 4 million population and containing most of Houston, Harris is the largest county in the metro area.
There are 1.1 million African-Americans in Houston Metro Area.
The region’s geology developed from Rocky Mountain sand and clay sediments that deposited on decaying organic matter that, over time, transformed into oil and natural gas.
The Port of Houston in Galveston Bay, Houston Ship Channel and the Buffalo Bayou form one of the most important shipping hubs in the world.
Houston Metro Area comprises the world’s largest center for petrochemical, oilfield equipment, synthetic rubber, insecticides and fertilizer manufacturing.
Houston has the 2nd largest collection of Fortune 500 companies, including Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, Enterprise Products Partners, Sysco, Baker Hughes, Fluor, Apache, Marathon Oil, Waste Management, Kinder Morgan and NRG Energy.
Rice University, U. of Houston, Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University and Prairie View A&M University are the largest centers of higher education in the region.
Houston is home to Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world’s largest livestock exhibition and rodeo event.
Houston natives and others who made their mark here:
Jack Yates – First documented black resident of Houston
Barbara Jordan – distinguished U.S. Congresswoman & orator
Sheila Jackson Lee – distinguished U.S. Congresswoman
Dr. Lee Brown – First African-American Mayor of Houston
Sylvester Turner – Second African-American Mayor of Houston
Eldrewey Stearns – civil rights leader in Houston
Archie Bell & The Drell – Soul Music group
Beyonce Knowles & Kelly Rowland – Soul & Pop Music
Billy Preston- pianst
Michael Strahan – NFL football player & TV show personality
Debbie Allen – choreographer, dancer& actress
Phylicia Rashad – actress
Latoya Luckett – singer
Chandra Wilson – actress
Chamillionaire – rapper
Loni Love – comedian
Isaiah Washington – actor
Loretta Devine – actress
Terry Ellis – singer with En Vogue