At 8,778 square miles,
the Greater Houston Area covers more ground than any other major
city in America. In fact, were as big as the entire countries
of Israel and El Salvador. Thats
a lot of space filled with a vast number of business opportunities,
but a closer look offers a better view.
Most of the communities here
spotlight the beauty of Houston,
made possible by its proximity to several waterways. Called
the Bayou City, Houston is home to more than 10 of these winding
waterways that not only irrigate the lush landscape, but serve
as green spaces for fitness and nature enthusiasts. Several
lakes and bays also provide pleasant scenes of fun in the
sun as well as a feast for the eyes.
its the business opportunities provided by Houstons
waterways that are the primary reasons
for the citys existence. The Port of Houston still thrives
today, thanks to the dredging of Buffalo Bayou to form the famous
Houston Ship Channel. The port area is just one of the many business
districts that have branched out from the inner city. Other areas
such as the Uptown/Galleria area, Greenway Plaza, Interstate 10s
Energy Corridor and, of course, the Texas Medical Center, are booming
with business development and shortening the commute for many Houston
residents. But public transportation and Houstons excellent
freeway system can still connect Houstons 3 million-plus people
to our revitalized downtown business district.
strong economy has brought with it a diverse population,
which has worked to enhance our high standards of excellence in
two critical areas education and worship. The Houston area
consistently leads all of Texas in the number of exemplary schools,
and because of our cultural diversity, the Houston Independent School
District just one of the many districts in the area
serves students who speak dozens of languages.
city is also home to 45 religions,
from African Methodist to Zoroastrian. For all the far-reaching
influences brought together in Houston, our neighbors still share
a common goal the quality of life found in close-knit communities
located within one metropolitan melting pot.