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Houston ( HYOO-stən) is the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States. With a census-estimated 2016 population of 2.303 million within an area of 667 square miles (1,730 km2), it is also the largest city in the southern United States and the seat of Harris County. Located in Southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico, it is the principal city of the Greater Houston metro area, which is the fifth-most populated MSA in the United States.
Houston was founded on August 28, 1836, near the banks of Buffalo Bayou (now known as Allen's Landing) and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837. The city was named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had commanded and won at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles (40 km) east of where the city was established. The burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the city's population. In the mid-20th century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.
Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. Leading in health care sectors and building oilfield equipment, outside New York City, Houston has more Fortune 500 headquarters than any other U.S. municipality within its city limits. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. Nicknamed the "Space City", Houston is a global city, with strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine, and research. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse city in Texas and has been described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the U.S. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.

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  1. ATCclears

    Houston, TX - 'Gun jugging' on the rise

    Not familiar with the term “jugging”? It’s basically a stalk and steal approach criminals use to take cash from bank customers who’ve recently withdrawn money from an ATM. They watch, wait, and then strike when the victim least suspects it or is most vulnerable. Gun jugging is the same...
  2. Tony617

    Other State  Houston Pastor and Wife Wreck a Home Invader Criminal Career Permanently

    Houston Pastor and Wife Wreck Home Invader's Criminal Career...Permanently ⋆ Conservative Firing Line
  3. RicInOR

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    "Goines is being criminally prosecuted for the “untruths or lies” he peddled to obtain the warrant. But he is not facing murder charges. " Woodpile Report You have to scroll down to find the tale. "Something Art Acevedo did not say is that the officers who entered the home were in plain...
  4. Nick Burkhardt

    Other State  Houston homeowner shoots 5 invaders with his AK-47 killing 3

    Houston Police have cleared the scene where 5 men where shot by a homeowner with a fully loaded AK-47, killing 3. This has been the hot 2A story of the day and the homeowners weapon was just released. Listen to the video, the print story has not been updated yet. 5 shot, 3 killed after...
  5. L84Cabo

    LIFTOFF! Houston We have LIFTOFF! Tesla Goes Airborne

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  6. tourproto

    Other State  North Houston homeowner defends self with AR-15, shoots 3, kills 2

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  7. RicInOR

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  8. ATCclears

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