Comprising a total area of It is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is not consolidated with that of a county, parish, or borough. Though primarily in Harris County, small portions of the city extend into Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, bordering other principal communities of Greater Houston such as Sugar Land and The Woodlands. The city of Houston was founded by land investors on August 30, ,  at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou a point now known as Allen's Landing and incorporated as a city on June 5, The arrival of the 20th century had a convergence of economic factors that fueled rapid growth in Houston, including a burgeoning port and railroad industry, the decline of Galveston as Texas's primary port following a devastating hurricane , the subsequent construction of the Houston Ship Channel , and the Texas oil boom.
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Incorporated on December 27, , it is the 11th-most populous city in the United States ,  the fourth-most-populous city in Texas , and the second-most-populous state capital city after Phoenix , Arizona. As of the U. Census Bureau 's July 1, estimate, Austin had a population of ,,  up from , at the census. Residents of Austin are known as Austinites. In recent years, some Austinites have adopted the unofficial slogan " Keep Austin Weird ",  which refers to the desire to protect small, unique, and local businesses from being overrun by large corporations. In Austin originated and remains the site for South by Southwest stylized as SXSW and colloquially referred to as South By , an annual conglomeration of parallel film, interactive media , and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March.
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