Victoria is a city in and the seat of Victoria County, Texas, United States. The population was 60,603 at the 2000 census. The three counties of the Victoria Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 111,163 at the 2000 census, Victoria is named for General Guadalupe Victoria, who became the first president of independent Mexico. The city is home to the University of HoustonVictoria and Victoria College. Victoria is the cathedral city of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Texas. Victoria is located thirty miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. The city is a regional hub for a seven-county area known as the "Golden Crescent" and serves a retail trade area of over 250,000 people. Victoria is known as "The Crossroads" because of its location within a two-hour drive of Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.