Spanning 637 square miles near Galveston Bay and the Gulf Coast, Houston is an exciting, vibrant city with a deep cultural heritage and bright future. The metropolitan area is home to more than 2.3 million people, making it the largest city in the state and the fourth largest in the country. Here, you'll find exciting arts and entertainment in the compact Downtown area as well as the vital employment centers of the Energy Corridor to the west. In between, sprawling parks, world-class universities, outstanding cuisine and luxury shopping add to the wonderful quality of life. At its heart, Houston is a collection of neighborhoods and communities, each supplying its unique voice to the rich chorus that is The Bayou City.