You’ve gone (or are about to go) from the familiar to the unknown. Moving anywhere is exciting, disruptive and a wonderful opportunity for discovery. Take a deep breath! Your new job, new work relationships, new neighborhood and new friends are a chance to begin again in one of the world’s greatest cities.
Whether you’re at the stage where you find it hard to envision the shape of your new life, or are settling in nicely, we’re here to help with general information about Houston, entertainment, education, health care, services, sports and what we love about our city.
Houston is known internationally for world-class health care, our area of expertise here at Memorial Hermann. The largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center, is located just 10 minutes from downtown Houston. Situated on 675 acres, the medical center is home to more than 50 nonprofit and government institutions, including teaching hospitals and medical schools that offer a higher level of care. Among them is Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the teaching hospital for McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
In addition, there are some 85 hospitals in the Houston area with more than 19,300 beds. All these facilities employ more than 100,000 health care professionals, almost 7 percent of Houston’s workforce. How do you choose a good one?
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A few facts about our city… Houston was founded in 1836 near the banks of Buffalo Bayou, now known as Allen’s Landing, and incorporated as a city in 1837. The city was named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and led his troops to victory at the Battle of San Jacinto, which took place 25 miles east of the city. Stand on the observation deck beneath the 220-ton star at the top of the San Jacinto Monument and get a bird’s-eye view of our thriving metropolis.
The burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with the discovery of oil in 1901, led to continual surges in the city’s population. In the mid-twentieth century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest concentration of health care and research institutions – and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the agency’s Mission Control Center is located.
Rated as a global city, Houston has an economy with a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics and transportation. It also leads in the health care and oilfield equipment sectors. Only New York City has more Fortune 500 headquarters. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. Free boat tours of the port are available; reserve online on the port’s website.
Houston’s has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, it attracts more than 7 million visitors annually to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.