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Oct 17, 2010

Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area has a total area of 10,062 square miles

Interesting tidbit about the growth of the Houston area.  No wonder the city seems bigger every time I return after a few months out of town... The Wiki page has a quite large and interesting collection of facts about the city.

Greater Houston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area has a total area of 10,062 square miles (26,060 km²), 8,929 sq mi (23,130 km2). is land area, while 1,133 sq mi (2,930 km2). is water area.; slightly smaller than Massachusetts and slightly larger than New Jersey!!.

The Combined Statistical Area encompasses 12,475 sq mi (32,310 km2). of area. 10,830 sq mi (28,000 km2). is land while 1,645 sq mi (4,260 km2). is water. This is actually a larger area than that of nine (9) of the US States!!!

Land and Water Area of States, 2000 - 
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108355.html

Houston is among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. The area grew 25.2 percent between the 1990 and 2000 censuses—adding more than 950,000 people—while the nation's population increased 13.2 percent over the same period. (City is still growing at a fast pace.)

Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center—the largest medical center in the world.


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