in 1836, the City of Houston has a population of 1.9 million people
and is currently the fourth most populous city in the nation
(trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago), and is the
largest in the southern U.S. and Texas. The
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area consists of eight counties:
Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty,
Montgomery and Waller.
The metro area's population of 4.8 million is 10th
largest in the US. Houston covers 8,778 square miles, an area
slightly smaller than Massachusetts but larger than New Jersey.
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