Local Houstonians showing love for their city with every way they know how to say Houston! Every nickname this is given to Houston shows you the amount of diversity and culture the city really has.
“H-Town” is a widely popular and modern nickname for Houston. It is commonly used in reference to the city both locally and internationally, especially within the entertainment community. The “H” stand for Houston.
Houston is popularly known as “The Bayou City” because it is home to ten winding waterways that flow through the surrounding area. Buffalo Bayou is the main waterway flowing through the city and has a significant place in Texas history, not only due to the founding place of the City of Houston, but also because the final battle for Texas Independence was fought along its banks.
Although “Screwston” is not an official nickname, it is widely known by fans of local hip-hop artist DJ Screw and his style of music, known as “chopped and screwed”.
Houston received its official nickname of “Space City” in 1967 because it is home to NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center. The first words transmitted by Neil Armstrong from the moon, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed”, are written in 15 languages on bronze plaques placed along the main entrance of Tranquility Park in downtown Houston. A replica of one of the footprints left on the moon by Neil Armstrong is also on display inside the park.
“Flood City” is a modern nickname for Houston due to it’s constant flooding and national headlines for the amount of flooding.
“713” is Houston’s area code and a widely popular name among locals.
Energy Capital of the World
Houston is considered to be “The Energy Capital of the World” because the city is home to more than 5,000 energy-related firms. The city is a leading domestic and international center for virtually every segment of the oil and gas industry—exploration, production, transmission, marketing, service, supply, offshore drilling, and technology.
The nickname of “Clutch City” was given to the city of Houston after the Houston Rockets won the 1994 and 1995 NBA championships. The moniker was adopted in response to a front-page headline in the Houston Chronicle declaring Houston to be “Choke City”. The Rockets’ mascot, “Clutch the Bear”, was named the 5th-most recognizable mascot in sports by USA Today in February 2005, and was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006.