The city of Houston is located on the Gulf Coast plain of eastern Texas in USA. Characterized by marshlands, forested land and swamps, the city covers an area of 1,558.4 sq km and has a total population of around 2,145,000.
Houston has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are very hot and are accompanied by afternoon thunderstorms. Temperatures range from 22°C to 34°C. Winters are cool and moderate, with temperatures ranging from 4°C to 16°C.
Founded in 1836 and incorporated in 1837, the city was named after General Sam Houston, commander of the Battle of San Jacinto. The railroad industry and the discovery of oil led to the city’s growth.
With its lush topography and pleasant climate, recreational activities are possible throughout the year. With more than 500 cultural and visual arts attractions, Houston is very much an ‘outdoor city’. The Bayou Place is a popular landmark of the city.
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