Houston is the largest city
in Texas and the fourth-largest city in the United States. According to the
2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of over 2.1 million people within a
land area of 599.6 square miles (1,553 km). Houston is the seat of
Harris County, and its metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in the U.S., with over 6 million people.
Houston was founded in 1836 on land near the banks of
Buffalo Bayou (now known as Allen's Landing) and incorporated