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Five popular Houston’s nicknames

Jason Martinez

HOUSTON, TX—A city can have multiple nicknames, including Houston. Those nicknames reflect the city’s geography, economy, population, and popular culture. Wonder how our city got its many nicknames? Read on to find out.

Bayou City

One of the most popular nicknames for Houston is probably “The Bayou City”. No wonder, since the city is home to ten winding waterways flowing through the neighboring area. Buffalo Bayou is the city’s primary waterway, and it holds a special place in Texas history because the final fight for Texas independence was fought along its banks.


When it comes to entertainment, “H-Town” is the commonly used nickname for Houston, both nationally and internationally. We have the H-Town Blues Festival, H-Town Arena and even an R&B and hip-hop band called H-Town.


“Hustle-Town” is often used to reference the city’s importance as an international center of trade, music, art and a rapidly growing population that never seems to rest. The release of the rap record “Hustle-Town” by South Park Mexican in 1998 increased the usage of the term in hip-hop music and culture in the Houston scene.

The Big Heart

In 2005-2006, Houston earned the nickname “The Big Heart”, which refers to assistance given by the city and its citizens to the victims of Hurricane Katrina from Louisiana and other affected areas. During that time, Houston housed, fed and cared for more than 150,000 survivors. It is believed to be the largest shelter operation in the country’s history.

Space City

Last but not least, Houston has an official nickname. After NASA built the Manned Spacecraft Center in 1967, Houston adopted “Space City” as its official nickname. It refers to the city’s important role in the space exploration industry. “Houston” became a code name used by astronauts to communicate from space. It was used by Neil Armstrong after he landed on the moon.

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