Let’s talk Texas; make that Houston, Texas. It’s not as flashy as New York, LA or Chicago, but Houston is the 4th Largest city in the U.S. behind those three cities and indeed fabulous in its own way. Founded in 1836 by two brothers, Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou, the population in the metro area was nearly six million according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Some other curiosities of note compiled by the City of Houston:
- If Houston were an independent nation, it would rank as the world’s 30th largest economy
- Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city.
- Houston has a Theater District second only to New York City with its concentration of seats in one geographic area.
- Houston is home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The world’s largest livestock show and rodeo attracts more than 2.2 million visitors each year.
- Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions.
- Houston ranks second in employment growth rate and fourth in nominal employment growth among the 10 most populous metro areas in the U.S.
- In 2006, the Houston metropolitan area ranked first in Texas and third in the U.S. within the category of “Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes magazine.
- 23 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Houston
- Of the world’s largest non-U.S. Corporations, 63 have a presence in Houston.
Another Houston highlight is the City of Houston’s ReadyHouston group had the brilliance to develop this film on violence in the workplace entitled, RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event. Every single person in America should watch this. If you enter a public place or business you’re vulnerable. Thanks to the men and women who put this together. Girlfriends, please share.