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Where does the Houston area end and when does ‘out of town’ begin?

City limits and metro area boundaries aside, we contemplate what signals when we’re truly “out of town.”


A green Houston city limit sign against a background of clouds
Aside from city limit boundaries, where does the Houston area begin and end?


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From the moment we launched this show more than 10 years ago, we decided to define the "Houston area" broadly – that we wouldn't just cover what's happening in the city limits, or merely "inside the loop." That we would think of Greater Houston as stretching as far as, well, most any place, and any thing, that...matters to Houston. That we'd introduce Houstonians to one another and that meant someone listening to us from The Woodlands, or Sugar Land, or Katy, would be just as much a part of our daily conversations as someone in Midtown, or Montrose, or Third Ward, or The Heights.

But we'd never really drawn a hard and fast line about who is and isn't in the Greater Houston area, until July 25, 2022, when we asked your fellow Houstonians what they thought — and, as we had suspected — there wasn't a lot of agreement.

It was, however, fun to talk about with our listeners and with Jack Young. He’s the head of the Professional Actor Training Program and professor of acting and movement at the University of Houston. And Jessica Brown, the co-director of Station Theater, who also has a background in tourism and public relations.

In the audio above, the pair weigh in on just where Greater Houston begins and ends.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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