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Welcome to Houston ...

The city of Houston is located in Harris County and is the County Seat for Harris County.

When the people of Houston refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Houstonian<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Houston has a population of 2,325,502 people<2> (see below for details).

Houston was established in 1836.

The community of Houston is 40 feet [12 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Houston lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Houston: (281)<4>, (713) & (832).

The ZIP codes for Houston: 77001-77096, 77098-77099, 77201-77210, 77212-77213, 77215-77231, 77233-77238, 77240-77245, 77248-77249, 77251-77259, 77261-77263, 77265-77275, 77277, 77279-77280, 77282, 77284, 77287-77293, 77297, 77299<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Houston had a population of 2,099,451 people (which is 51.3% of the total population of Harris County). This makes Houston the county's most populous community.

The population of Houston represents 8.35% of the total population of Texas (which has 25,145,561 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,099,451 people, the population of Houston increased 7.46% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,953,631 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Houston had an population of 2,325,502 people. This is an increase of 10.77% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 19.03% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Houston.

Communities Also Named Houston ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 28 communities that are also named Houston - they are located in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, British Columbia, California (2), Colorado, Delaware (2), Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi (2), Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina (2), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Houston.

Websites for Houston ...

Official Website:

Junior League:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Houston. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Houston. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Houston. Our list includes 248 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Houston:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Houston ...

Looking for more information about Houston? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Houston, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Houston.

Communities near Houston ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Pasadena   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the Southeast (SE) of Houston

Pearland   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) of Houston

Located in Brazoria County

Sugar Land   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Houston

Located in Fort Bend County

Missouri City   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Houston

Located in Fort Bend County

Friendswood   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Houston

Located in Galveston County

La Porte   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E) of Houston

Deer Park   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) of Houston

Bellaire   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Houston

Stafford   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Houston

Located in Fort Bend County

South Houston   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Houston

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Houston.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Houston:

The official website for Harris County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Houston refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Houston may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Houston.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Houston - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Of the area codes for Houston, area code (281, 832) is an overlay.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Houston). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Houston or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Houston includes: 77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77008, 77009, 77010, 77011, 77012, 77013, 77014, 77015, 77016, 77017, 77018, 77019, 77020, 77021, 77022, 77023, 77024, 77025, 77026, 77027, 77028, 77029, 77030, 77031, 77032, 77033, 77034, 77035, 77036, 77037, 77038, 77039, 77040, 77041, 77042, 77043, 77044, 77045, 77046, 77047, 77048, 77049, 77050, 77051, 77052, 77053, 77054, 77055, 77056, 77057, 77058, 77059, 77060, 77061, 77062, 77063, 77064, 77065, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77071, 77072, 77073, 77074, 77075, 77076, 77077, 77078, 77079, 77080, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77084, 77085, 77086, 77087, 77088, 77089, 77090, 77091, 77092, 77093, 77094, 77095, 77098, 77201, 77202, 77203, 77204, 77205, 77206, 77207, 77208, 77209, 77212, 77215, 77216, 77217, 77218, 77219, 77220, 77221, 77222, 77223, 77224, 77225, 77226, 77227, 77228, 77229, 77230, 77233, 77234, 77235, 77236, 77237, 77240, 77241, 77242, 77243, 77244, 77248, 77251, 77252, 77253, 77254, 77255, 77256, 77257, 77258, 77261, 77262, 77265, 77266, 77267, 77268, 77269, 77270, 77271, 77272, 77273, 77274, 77277, 77279, 77282, 77284, 77287, 77288, 77289, 77290, 77291, 77292, 77297 & 77299.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Houston) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Houston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Houston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Houston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.7550, Longitude: -95.3541     [Map].






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