Five Things That Make Houston More Country Than You Think

Houston defines country. Please.
Houston defines country. Please.

The most country city in America, according to is Fort Worth. Okay, we'll buy that, but Houston at No. 16? Preposterous.

We fell into the "somewhat country" category, a couple of notches above Austin and way below San Antonio, which came in at No. 2. But we're not going to let this faze our country-ness, because we know we belong in the top three at the very least. Besides, had some bunk methodology. This is how they established their rankings:

We took the 50 most populated cities and ranked them from 1-50 based on the percentage of Facebook users listing these ten topics as interests: country music, fishing, hunting, NASCAR, firearms, barbecue, cowboy boots, pickup trucks, rodeos, and sweet tea.

Sweet tea, of course. We might not have NASCAR, but we have NASA, you know, that place that trained all those space cowboys? We also have other things that made us more country than places like Colorado Springs, El Paso and Virginia Beach.

5. Grills Sure, any corner store jeweler in the country can fit you for some gold in your mouth. But Houston has its own cottage industry that really took off across popular culture. This is a staple of urban cool, and there's entrepreneurs building little empires around sticking gaudy jewels into your mouth.

Five Things That Make Houston More Country Than You Think
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4. Tejano culture

The heyday of the local music scene isn't what it once was, but if Go Tejano Day at this year's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was any indication, this it the place for Tejanos to come together in the spring. The event sold more than 75,000 tickets and was one of the biggest draws for the entire rodeo. Which brings us to one of the most country events on the planet...

Five Things That Make Houston More Country Than You Think
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3. Rodeo

This event just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It's a national draw for serious rodeo fans and participants, all right here in Houston.


2. Roughneck culture

If you consider that one of the definitive movies about cowboy culture and music (starring the 1980s John Travolta, not the one we know now), was based and shot around Houston, then our country propers are better established. This is probably one of the main stops if you want to work as a roughneck.

Five Things That Make Houston More Country Than You Think
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1. Oil Industry

What's more country than oil? Drilling for it and getting rich off of it? This is the home of oil and energy. Now, if building a city off black gold isn't country enough for you, we don't know what is.

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