Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation (trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago), and is the largest in the southern U.S. and Texas.
The Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (Houston CMSA) consists of eight counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller.
Nearly 30 school districts serve the greater Houston area. Friendswood Development communities, although located throughout the Houston area, share in their proximity to outstanding schools.
Additionally, a number of highly respected universities and community college systems also serve the needs of Houstonians pursuing higher education. Universities within the Houston area include:
The University of Houston
Houston Baptist University
University of St. Thomas
Texas Southern University
The University of Texas Medical School
Baylor University Medical School
South Texas College of Law