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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Population Counts

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