Andrew Minh Khang Nguyen How Houston Is Affected By 5 Themes Of Geography Houston is affected greatly, influenced by, and is shaped by the 5 crucial themes of geography. Not only that, Houston thrives by and grows by the major themes of geography. All the important themes of geography; Location, Places, Human/Environment Interactions, Movement, and Regions, effect and make Houston as a city of it is today. It is because of these themes that make Houston one of the most positive locations to live in.

Where is Houston, Texas exactly, or its absolute location? It is at 29.7628 degrees North, 95.3831 degrees West. It has a decent relative location, along nearly all the other major Texas cities. Houston, Texas is near the coastline of Texas, which is near the Gulf of Mexico, and is nearly connected, naturally and artificially, with the city and port of Galveston, Texas, which mainly lies to its east. To its west lies San Antonio, another major city, and to its slight Northwest lies Austin, the capital of Texas. College Station, or Bryan, Texas is exactly or close to Northwest of Houston, Texas. Almost North of Houston is Dallas, Texas. All of these help give a relevant location of Houston, Texas when using the other major Texas cities on the Coastal Region of Texas.

Houston, Texas has a humid subtropical climate with summers that usually reach more than 80? degrees, but uncommonly more than 100?. Houston’s warmest month (on average) is July at 94.4 °F (34.7 °C), and the coldest month being January at 53.1 °F (11.7 °C). June through August in Houston is very hot and humid, often with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The average daily high temperature peaks at 94 °F (34 °C) in July, with an average of 99 days per year above 90 °F (32 °C)(Summer). Autumn in Houston is warm, with temperatures averaging in the upper 60s to lower 80s °F (20-28 °C) during the day and in the 50s to lower 60s °F (10-17 °C) at night. Winters in Houston are very mild and temperate. While the average high in January, the coldest month, is 62.9 °F (17.2 °C) and the low 43.2 °F (6.2 °C), Houston sees an average of 18 days per year of freezing temperatures. Snow is extremely unusual in Houston. Light snow has fallen approximately 35 times since 1895.

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Houston has a very diverse and distributed population of 49.3% White (including Hispanic Latino), 25.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 5.3% Asian), 0.1% Pacific Islander, 16.5% from other races, and 3.2% from 2 or more races. 37% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. Racial and ethnic diversity in Houston increases further from the center of the city.

Houston has had a troubled past with pollution of many types, mainly of its oil and petrochemical industries, which leading contributors to the city’s economy. As a result, Houston introduced many programs since the 2000 federal order to reduce air pollution in the city, particularly the METRORAIL light rail project. Heat stroke can strike people who stay out of doors for long periods of time during the summer so hydration is essential for outdoor work and recreational activity. Most workers are relatively unaffected by the heat since they spend the hottest part of the day indoors in air conditioning. Air conditioning is considered an essential for the growth of Houston in 1950 when it became the most air-conditioned city in the world.

What is Houston’s economy based on, what are the major industries? People mainly looking for work, switching to other jobs for a better pay or a more flexible schedule, food, space, and engineering industries. Fishing industries and seafood, the more specific types of food, are also a major part of Houston’s economy. Another major part of Houston’s movement are family-run businesses, or businesses that people own by themselves.

Evangelical Protestant : 64.4%,Mainline Protestant : 8.1%,Orthodox : 0.1%,Roman Catholic : 21%,Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists, Muslims, etc. : 2%,Unclaimed : 4.5%, or people that don’t follow any religion. Most of Houston is Christian, and/or are and can be divided into the major Christianity branches of religion. Houston is divided into several regions, mainly of how it is in that region: Downtown Houston, South Side, Southwest, Northside, Energy Corridor, Midtown, and Uptown. Downtown Houston is the business district, and is the largest of Houston. Southside Place functions as a bedroom community for middle and upper-middle-class families. Many low-income apartment complexes are located in Southwest Houston. Northside basically manages all the other districts of Houston. Energy Corridor offers some of the most desirable residential and commercial addresses in the greater Houston area. Midtown is where the older living spaces of people, like old houses and apartments, are and packed. Uptown is a satellite central business district and a center for premier shopping centers.

The 5 themes of geography certainly leave a positive impact, mostly, on Houston. Location shows that it is a comfortable place to live in. Place shows that Houston has average temperatures and there is a wide variety of races. Human/Environment Interactions show that Houston is improving by having ways to keep cool, and keep pollution down to a minimal level. Movement shows that Houston’s economy depends on a wide variety of industries to thrive. Region shows that Houston has many different kinds of religions and regions of Houston divide the city based on what it is like in that region.


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