Our Very Own H-Town
Ranked fourth in the U.S. by total population, our very own “H-Town”, is the most ethnically diverse major city in the U.S. with strengths in culture, medicine, and research.
Houston has one of the youngest, fastest-growing and most diverse populations in the world. It offers a compelling mix of cultural amenities, world-class restaurants, diverse communities and a low cost of living. Our school, McGovern Medical School at UT Health is located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) –the largest medical complex in the world.
Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) and Toyota Center (home of the Rockets), are in Downtown Houston. NRG Stadium (home of the Texans) and Minute Maid Park have the retractable-roof stadium. Toyota Center also has the largest screen for an indoor arena in the United States built to coincide with the arena’s hosting of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. Other sports facilities include Hofheinz Pavilion (Houston Cougars basketball), Rice Stadium (Rice Owls football), and NRG Arena.
The Houston Theater District, in Downtown, is home to nine major performing arts organizations and six performance halls. Houston is one of few United States cities with permanent, professional, resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines: opera (Houston Grand Opera), ballet (Houston Ballet), music (Houston Symphony Orchestra), and theater (The Alley Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars).
The Museum District is home to nineteen museums, galleries, and community spaces. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District, and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts and attract more than 7 million visitors a year. Notable facilities include The Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, the Holocaust Museum Houston, and the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Houston is home to 337 parks, including Hermann Park, Terry Hershey Park, Lake Houston Park, Memorial Park, Tranquility Park, Sesquicentennial Park, Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park and Sam Houston Park. Within Hermann Park are the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.