Houston is the nations' fourth largest city. Houston is incredibly diverse and international, but the city also reflects the native Texas "can do" spirit. One of the nation's largest seaports, Gulf Coast beaches and recreation areas are within an hour's drive of the city. The local economy is expanding, diverse, and international. In addition to oil and manufacturing, the city is a leader in finance, health care, retailing, engineering, construction and international trade. The Johnson Space Center develops and coordinates NASA's manned space flights. The Texas Medical Center is internationally famous for medical research, education and patient care. Two commercial airports serve the Houston metropolitan area.
Houston offers an enormous range of entertainment, shopping, restaurants, and arts scene. The opera, ballet, modern dance and theatre companies are nationally recognized. Houston is home to professional football, baseball, basketball (NBA and WNBA), and hockey. Outstanding University of Houston and Rice University collegiate teams compete as well.
- The Houston Press
- The Houston Chronicle
- KUHF 88.7 FM (Houston Public Radio)
- KUHT Channel 8 (Houston PBS)
- Bayou City Art Festival
- The Orange Show and Art Car Parade
- Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
- Houston International Festival
- Texas Renaissance Festival
- University of Houston Blaffer Gallery
- University of Houston Moores School of Music
- The Museum District
- Houston Theatre District