Houston

Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas

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In 2015 Houston, covering 627 square miles, ranked as the fourth largest city in the United States with an estimated population of 2,296,224. The city passed Philadelphia in 1984 to take a position behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The 2015 population of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (also known as Greater Houston), which encompassed Galveston, Fort Bend, Harris, Brazoria, Liberty, Waller, Montgomery, Chambers, and Austin counties, amounted to 6,656,947. This ranked it fifth in the nation and second in Texas to Dallas-Fort Worth. When first formed in 1949 the Houston Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area covered only Harris County and had a population of 806,701 people. More than 100 ethnic groups now shape the population of the city; the major components in 2015 were 26 percent non-Hispanic White, 25 percent Black, 43 percent Hispanic of any race, and 6 percent Asian. This spectacular growth developed as a result of the construction of transportation systems, the fortuitous nearby location of useful natural resources, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Houston is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    29.78032850
    Longitude
    -95.38637900

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Population Counts

Houston
Pop. Year Source
2,304,580 2020 United States Census Bureau
2,338,187 2019 Texas Demographic Center
2,100,263 2010 United States Census Bureau
1,953,631 2000 United States Census Bureau
1,637,859 1990 United States Census Bureau
1,594,086 1980 United States Census Bureau
1,232,802 1970 United States Census Bureau
938,219 1960 United States Census Bureau
596,163 1950 United States Census Bureau
384,514 1940 United States Census Bureau
292,352 1930 United States Census Bureau
138,276 1920 United States Census Bureau
78,800 1910 United States Census Bureau
44,633 1900 United States Census Bureau
27,557 1890 United States Census Bureau
16,513 1880 United States Census Bureau
9,382 1870 United States Census Bureau
4,845 1860 United States Census Bureau
2,396 1850 United States Census Bureau