The area's economic activity is mostly in the Harris County seat, Houston, Texas. Houston is a major port and financial center for oil companies.
Baytown and Galveston also have ports. Galveston also has a cruise ship terminal and is a recreational area for people in the region. Sugar Land holds the Imperial Sugar headquarters. The company's primary refinery was once located in the city, but was closed in 2002. Engineering firms and other related industries have managed to take the place as an economic engine.
Largest Metropolitan areas: Abilene | Amarillo | Austin- San Marcos | Beaumont- Port Arthur | Brownsville- Harlingen- San Benito | Bryan- College Station | Corpus Christi | Dallas-Fort Worth | El Paso | Houston-Galveston-Brazoria | Killeen- Temple | Laredo | Longview- Marshall | Lubbock | McAllen- Edinburg- Mission | Odessa-Midland | San Angelo | San Antonio | Sherman- Denison | Texarkana | Tyler | Victoria | Waco | Wichita Falls
The Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown MetropolitanArea, a title designated by the U.S. Census as of 2003, is the seventh largest and most diverse metropolitanarea in the United States and consists of ten counties within the state of Texas.
The area is colloquially referred to as either the "Houstonmetropolitanarea" or the "greater Houston area" and is situated in the region of East Texas.
The population of the metropolitanarea grew 25.2 percent between the 1990 and 2000 censuses while the nation's population increased 13.2 percent over the same period.
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