Texas City has been a portal for the success of the Houston shipping industry for more than a century. Today, the busy deepwater Port of Texas City is known as the No. 3 port in Texas by tonnage and ninth in the nation. Texas City also is a treasure for outdoor enthusiasts. Windsurfers race along the waters of Galveston Bay and anglers can always find a spot along the Texas City Dike.Relaxed afternoons can be spent strolling Historic 6thStreet shops and boutiques or visiting the Texas City Museum. A host of seasonal parades, festivals and other events bring neighbors together frequently to enjoy the small-town ambiance.
Houston’s mix of Southern charm, cosmopolitan outlook and surprising affordability has turned the nation’s fourth largest city into the destination of choice for businesses and tourists. Boasting a robust economy, thriving fine and performing arts scene, professional sports teams, exceptional schools and world-class dining, the Bayou City rivals New York, Boston and San Francisco in terms of quality of life. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why Houston consistently rates in the top 10 on “Best of” lists.
Cars are the preferred method of transportation for the Houston area. A system of 4,206 miles of freeways and expressways serves the metropolitan area with 118 miles designated as High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes for buses, carpools and vanpools, and motorcycles during peak traffic times. The expansion of Highway 99, “The Grand Parkway,” is greatly facilitating travel between Houston and nearby suburban areas.