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With a total geographical area of 627 square miles, Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States of America. On the population front, as per the 2017 census estimates, 2.312 million people call the city home. These figures make it the most populous city of Texas and the fourth most populous city of USA.

Houston Texas City overview

The Allen brothers-John Kirby & Augustus Chapman, while exploring town sites on Galveston Bay & Buffalo Bayou, bought the south half of the lower league from Elizabeth E. Parrot, for a neat sum of 5000$. Shortly after sealing the deal, they advertised in the papers christening the notional town Houston, in honor of President Sam Houston. The Republic of Texas agreed to designate Texas as temporary capital along with providing the new government with a brand new capital building.

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Geographically, Houston is located 165 miles east of Austin, 112 miles west of the Louisiana border and 250 miles south of Dallas. 555.59 square miles of the total area is covered with the land while the remaining 22.3 square miles is covered by water. Water supply is not an issue with the city owning surface water rights 1.20 billion gallons of water per day and 150 million gallons of groundwater every day. The city has a humid subtropical climate characterized by hot, long, humid summers and mild winters.

According to the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Greater Houston is “one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the country.” Owing to its multiculturalism and a large number of immigrants, it boasts of the relatively low cost of living, strong job market proximity to Latin America and is a hub for refugee resettlement.

 In comparison to other metropolitan areas, Houston is relatively younger with an average age of 33.5 in 2014 as opposed to national average of 37.4. The current mandated minimum wage throughout the state of Texas, including Houston is $7.25 per hour. The average income for a city household was $37,000. Males made on an average $32,000 while females clocked in $27,000.

Known worldwide for its energy industry, as well as for biomedical research and aeronautics; renewable energy sources- wind and solar are growing economic bases in the city. The Houston GDP in 2016 was $478 billion making it the sixth largest in the USA. Circa 2013, Houston was named numero uno city US city, for job creation by the U.S. Bureau of Statistics.

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There are four state universities in Houston and more than 300 private schools. The third largest the University of Houston, nationally recognized tier one research university has nearly 44,000 students on its 270-hectare campus.

As far as healthcare is concerned, the Texas Medical Centre contains the world's largest concentration of research and healthcare institutions, boasts of 49 medical institutions which are non-profit organizations. They employ more than 73,600 people and provide patient and preventive care and an avenue for education and research. Life Flight air emergency service, a successful inter-institutional transplant programme was developed.

Houston Texas Crime statistics

In comparison to the national rates, the violent and property crime rates are higher in Houston (Real Estate US News). It had a higher rate of 577.9 than average crime according to 2016 data. The crime rate is the number of crimes committed per 100,000 people. The homicide data for 2015 and 2016 was 303, 302 respectively. FBI's Uniform Crime Report shows a downward trend of violent crime in Houston. There has been a massive drop in the number of "physical arrests" by the Houston Police Department over the last decade.

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