Information About Houston, Texas
Established in 1836, Houston was named after Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas. The city is located just inside Harris County, but sprawls across Montgomery and Fort Bend counties as well. Situated upriver from Galveston Bay, it's connected to the Gulf of Mexico by the Houston Ship Channel.
One of the most popular attractions in Houston is the Johnson Space Center, which charts man's exploration of outer space and the feats of engineering involved in doing so. The city also has museums showcasing collections of art, science and natural history, and there's even a museum dedicated to funeral history.
Houston Educational Opportunities
Houston is home to numerous nonprofit colleges and universities, including Rice University, a private school that was ranked the 18th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other 4-year schools in the city include Houston Baptist University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Houston main campus, as well as its downtown and Clear Lake campuses.
On the graduate level, Houston hosts the Baylor College of Medicine, ranked by U.S. News as the nation's 9th best medical school for primary care; the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, ranked 23rd for its master's program in nursing; and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, consistently ranked among the top two hospitals in the country for cancer care. South Texas College of Law is also located in Houston.
Students seeking an education of two years or less can choose from Houston Community College, the north and south campuses of San Jacinto College, and two campuses of the private Remington College.
Houston Economy and Industry
Oil and gas plays a major role in Houston's economy. As of 2013 revenues, the largest private companies based in Houston were oil refiners Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, Enterprise Products Partners L.P., and Sysco Corp. The largest private companies by revenue based out of Houston were Gulf States Toyota Inc., Republic National Distributing Company, and Tauber Oil Company.
Other prominent companies headquartered in Houston include solid waste collection company Waste Management Inc., heavy construction firm KBR Inc. and power and gas utilities company CenterPoint Energy Inc.