They say everything is bigger in Texas, and in Houston, the state’s biggest city, you can believe they go big! From the 59,000 seat Astrodome to some of the country’s largest oil producers and one of the world’s most advanced medical research centers, Houstonians like to be the first, the biggest, and the best. If that’s not enough, Houston is home to the Johnson Space Center and Mission Control, making Houston a city that is truly out of this world!
When you’re not working at one of Houston’s major oil and gas companies, finance firms, or biomedical research lab you can take part in those traditionally Texan experiences like the 20-day livestock show and rodeo, where you’ll see concerts, bull riding, and livestock competitions. If rodeos aren’t your thing, Houston provides an array of museums, concerts, and restaurants to satisfy anyone’s desires. So grab your cowboy boots and gitty-up on down to Houston for a southern sensation under the Texan sun.
Houston was founded in 1836 by two brothers, John Kirby Allen and Augustus Chapman Allen, who named the city after the San Jacinto hero and soon to be president of Texas, Sam Houston. It developed into a commercial, railroad and shipping hub and became the temporary capital of Texas in 1837, a position it ultimately lost to Austin. Even so, the city’s reputation drew in residents, especially in the early 1900s, after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 sent investors away from Galveston, Texas and into Houston.
Today, Houston continues to blossom as the fourth largest city in the United States, boasting the most Fortune 500 companies anywhere outside of New York.