Houston - the fourth city in the number of inhabitants in the United States and the largest city in Texas. The city's population exceeds 2.2 million people. Houston is the administrative center of Harris County and the main economic center of the Greater Houston metropolitan area with a total population of 6.3 million people. The city located in 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico coastal plain. Large retail chains, professional shopping malls and outlet centers are situated in the city. Houston houses the largest in the state and 8th largest US shopping center Galleria, which brings together more than 400 tenants - both mass-market brands for the whole world, and a gallery of luxury boutiques of leading fashion houses in Europe and the United States.