Known as the “energy capital of the world,” Houston is a thriving business center and the fourth largest city in the country. It is a diverse, international location that offers residents and visitors top choices among museums, fine restaurants, world-class shopping, rodeos and professional sports teams. NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the headquarters for astronaut training and mission control, is located here.
With more than 200 institutions devoted to arts, science and history, cultural activities abound year round for Houstonians and visitors. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Jones Hall and the Alley Theatre are just some of the facilities that house Houston’s renowned opera, ballet, theatre and symphony performances.
Houston also boasts some of the country’s best medical schools, hospitals, research facilities, and top academic institutions, such as Rice University and the University of Houston. The Texas Medical Center, the largest in the world with 70,000 full time employees, is located in Houston. Some of the country’s best medical schools, including Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical School-Houston, are part of the TMC. The M.D. Anderson Cancer & Research Center has been continuously ranked as one of the best cancer treatment centers in the nation.
The Port of Houston is the largest port in the U.S. and the sixth largest in the world based on foreign waterborne commerce measured by tonnage. Houston is often referred to as “The Gateway to Central and South America” in terms of trade and commerce.” Also, Houston is home to the third largest consular corps in the nation with approximately 83 foreign consulates.
Texans love their sports, and Houston makes the state proud. Local professional and minor league sports teams include the NFL’s Houston Texans, NBA’s Houston Rockets and Major League Baseball’s Astros.
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