Houston, Texas

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  • The city of Houston, Texas, was named after the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston. The city began in 1837 and today remains a center of commerce and a travel destination for Texans and Americans, as it sits astride the South and the West, demonstrating political and cultural influences from both regions. Politically, the city has a strong mayor-council form of government, with the mayor acting as the chief executive of the city. As with many other cities, the more affluent neighborhoods—in this case in the city's western central region—tend to vote Republican, while the working-class, inner-city areas tend to vote Democratic.

    Houston is located in the state of Texas, northwest of Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. The city encompasses 579 square ...

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