H-Town or Houston, Texas is my birthplace and I love this city. On the other hand, sometimes Houston is misunderstood by outsiders. Moreover, they think of it as southern redneck city. A place where racism exists just because it was once part of the confederacy. I can assure you that these are myths and falsehoods. Houston is likely the country’s most diverse and unique city. Are you ready to learn about H-Town?
First, in H-Town aka Houston there are over one hundred and forty-five languages spoken in the city. The only two cities with more languages spoken are New York City and Los Angeles. Due to the amount of languages spoken in H-Town we have a very diverse culture. Hence there are over thirteen major religions represented here including Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The best part is that all of these religions truly coexist in peace with each other in this great city.
In addition, Houston it truly an international city with more consulates than in other city except Washington DC and New York City. Total consulates or foreign countries represented officially in H-Town is currently stands at ninety-two.
And with all of our international flair comes with it the great cuisines of the world. If you have a favorite dish or type of food it is more than likely you can get it in H-Town. Houston is represented with over ten thousand restaurants and over seventy countries and ethnic cuisines in addition to all the American regional food-types. Moreover, Houstonians take advantage of this culinary heaven and eat out more times per week than any city in the country.
Like sports we have those too including professional football, basketball, and the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros. Rumor also has it that Houston should be getting a NHL Hockey franchise soon. Mix that in with lots of local college sports that include the University of Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls. Houston is also home to the world’s first domed stadium, the Astrodome. A little know fact about our diversity is that more professional athletes from other teams live in Houston than any other city. That dispels the racism myth.
Some things do follow the stereotype though in a good way. H-Town does have the Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show, which is the largest rodeo in the world. It is great organization that is run all by 31,000 volunteers. In addition, this past year they gave away over $26,000,000 in scholarship money to over 750 students.
When it comes to commerce H-Town has it all. Houston is home to the world’s largest medical center, the Texas Medical Center. Houston is also the energy capital of the world with the headquarters for many of the world’s largest energy companies located here. The Port of Houston receives more foreign tonnage than any port in the nation. It is also the second largest port in the nation when combining foreign and domestic tonnage.
Culture – we’ve got that too! Houston has over one hundred fifty museums and cultural centers. The “Museum District” area of Houston is home to nineteen differetn museums itself. Houston is also second in the nation in theater seats with only New York City having more. Furthermore, Houston has its’ own ballet, orchestra, and opera.
Don’t be fooled by the myths and stereotypes – Houston has something for everyone!
Cary Michael Cox