Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States.

Houston was founded on August 30, 1836, near the banks of 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. 

The port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901 has resulted in  continued growth in the city's population over the years. 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.

Modern Houston:
Houston's economy has a broad industrial base with industries such as energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. 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 metropolitan area in Texas and has been described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the U.S. Home to a vibrant economy, beautiful surroundings and a population full of optimism and high spirits, it's no wonder that Houston is a popular place to live. Houston is the home to The Texas Medical Center - the largest medical complex in the world and home to 59 world-renowned medical research and academic institutions. Many Houston-area hospitals consistently rank among the nation’s top institutions which means residents have access to great healthcare .

Residents of Houston can explore miles of scenic green space in local parks and other recreational spots . Houston is home of two of the 10 largest urban public parks in the U.S. — Cullen Park and George Bush Park. With a wide range of open-air activities like Zumba at Discovery Green, free performances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre and water sports like kayaking and boating, there's never a dull moment in the Houston outdoors. If you love multicultural surrounding,beautiful, green scenery and warm weather Houston is the place for you. Some of the best quality properties in Houston can be found on JamesEdition.com. 

Lifestyle and Culture
If you are a foodie you should make Houston a place to go on your travel list. It’s  known for authentic TexMex, but that just one of the many cuisines that make up Houston’s exciting dining scene. Houston is the culture and culinary capital of Texas with more than 8,600 restaurants and eating establishments and more than 600 bars spanning  over 60 cuisines. What’s more, Grub Hub named Houston as a top 10 city in the U.S. for ethnically diverse cuisine. Pour into St. Arnold, Hay Merchant, Flying Saucer or Karbach to get your fill of craft beer. Mix it up with cocktails at Anvil, Down House or Julep, or sip wine at The Tasting Room, Sonoma or 13 Celsius - there are countless places to visit and everyone will find something to suit their tastes . 

Connoisseurs of music can enjoy enjoy the indie scene at the Free Press Summer Fest along with some of the best known artists playing at the Toyota Center, NRG Stadium, Bayou Center and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Many celebrities call Houston home, like Beyonce, ZZ Top, Arcade Fire, Clint Black and many more. That proves that local music scene is alive and full of creative and talented people. 

If you are fan of festivals, Houston hosts many different events.. Festivals such as Renaissance Festival,the World-Fest Houston International Film Festival, the Bayou City Arts Festival, FotoFest and many other worthwhile culture festivals. If shopping is your interest and you may fear  that you will be bored being away from the fashion capitals of  New York City, Paris. There's nothing to worry about.Houston offers world-class shopping, from the famed Houston Galleria to the pedestrian-friendly Sugar Land Town Square. Throw in an eclectic mix of local shops, and you'll find there is something for every taste and budget.