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"Space City, USA"

Houston is a city in Harris County. (The community straddles Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Sam Houston, first president of the Republic of Texas

The latitude of Houston is 29.763N. The longitude is -95.363W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 39 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 2,009,690.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$36,616
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Houston demographic reports
Houston is on Buffalo Bayou.
In 1836 the Republic of Texas chose Houston as its temporary capital
Public transportation: Metropolitan Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 23,988. The number of murders and homicides was 278. The violent crime rate was 11.8 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 7 among Best Cities for Singles, Forbes magazine, 2002

Ranked No. 7 on the Best Places to Live and Work in America list, compiled by BestJobsUsa.com, 2002

Houston received national attention for the financial collapse in 2001-2002 of energy trader Enron Corp. The Houston Astros baseball park, once called Enron Field, was renamed Minute Maid Park.
Filming location for:
· 1995 movie, "Apollo 13"
· 1994 movie, "Reality Bites"
· 2004 movie, "Friday Night Lights"
· 2006 movie, "Fast Food Nation"
· 2006 movie, "Flags of Our Fathers"
· 1983 movie, "Terms of Endearment"
Census 2000 highlights: Fourth largest city in the U.S., by population; city with the third largest population growth in the 1990s (255,758 people); at 579.4 square miles, Houston is the fourth largest U.S. city, in terms of land area
Well-known residents have included:
· Howard Hughes, movie mogul, aviator, billionaire
· Shelley Duvall, actress
· Brothers Dennis and Randy Quaid, actors
· Patrick Swayze, actor
Local bands (past and present) have included Crusaders, Archie Bell and the Drells, Destiny's Child, Geto Boys
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Diedrich Coffee, Gloria Jean's, Greenberry's Coffee & Tea, It's a Grind, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Bayou City Art Festival - Memorial Park - March 23-25, 2007
  • International Festival - April 21-22, 28-29, 2007
  • Dragon Boat Festival - May 5, 2007
  • International Jazz Festival - Aug. 4-6, 2007
  • Worldfest - Houston International Film Festival - April 20-29, 2007
  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Feb. 27-March 18, 2007
  • Bayou City Cajun Fest - March 31-April 1, 2007
  • Festa Italiana - Oct. 13-14, 2007
  • Bluegrass Festival - Sept. 8-9, 2007
  • Hot Sauce Festival - Sept. 22-23, 2007
  • Taiko Festival - Sept. 28-29, 2007
  • Festival Chicano - Oct. 4-6, 2007
  • Highland Scottish Games & Celtic Festival - May 11-13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Houston web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, A.D. Players, Alley Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, Ensemble Theatre, Theater LaB
Nearby parks & recreation: Sheldon Lake State Park, Hermann Park, Armand Bayou Nature Center
Houston attractions: Downtown Aquarium
Sports teams: Astros (NL), Aeros (AHL), Rockets (NBA), Dynamo (Major League Soccer), Texans (NFL), Houston Comets (WNBA)
Historic sites and museums: San Jacinto State Historic Park, Space Center Houston, Museum of Printing History, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Funeral History, Menil Collection
Colleges and universities: Rice University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, University of St. Thomas
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 150
Quotes:
For the tourist, Houston at night is as gloomy as Buffalo.
-- America Day by Day
Simone de Beauvoir

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Neighborhoods in Houston include Alief, Braeswood, Clear Lake City, Kingwood, Meyerland, Montrose, River Oaks, Sharpstown, Southampton Place, Southside Place ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Houston include Alief, Braeswood, Clear Lake City, Kingwood, Meyerland, Montrose, River Oaks, Sharpstown, Southampton Place, Southside Place ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Houston demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Harris County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Houston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 77004 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

6% of Houston residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Houston ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Houston was $20,101, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

27% of Houston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Houston include Broadacres Historic District, Courtlandt Place Historic District, Freedmen's Town Historic District, Main Street/Market Square Historic District, Old Sixth Ward Historic District, San Felipe Courts Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Houston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $501.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $965.


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Libraries

Libraries in Houston include Acres Homes Branch Library, Aldine Branch Library, Bracewell Branch Library, Carnegie Branch Library, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Collier Regional Library, Dixon Branch Library, Fairbanks Branch Library, Fifth Ward Branch Library, Flores Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Houston include Houston Chronicle

TV stations in Houston include KETH, KHOU, KHWB, KPRC, KRIV, KTRK, KTXH, KUHT, KZJL.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KTSU., KUHF.

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Politics

Harris County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Houston political report.

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Restaurants

Houston restaurants taking online reservations include 17 at Alden-Houston, Americas, Arcodoro - Houston, Artista, Bank Jean Georges @ Icon Hotel, Bice - Houston, Bistro D'Wine, Bistro Lancaster @The Lancaster Hotel, Bistro Moderne, Bossa ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Houston workers is 27 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 671 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Houston between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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