IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIVING IN HOUSTON
Like all things Texas, Houston is big. Pull back the layers a bit though, and you’ll see this city has much more to offer than its size.
If you’re planning to move to the Houston area, here is a look at some important things you should know about living in Houston.
Houston is Growing & Getting Younger
Thanks in part to a recent employment boom, the population of Houston is growing rapidly. The fastest-growing city in 2015, it was predicted that Houston would add 63,000 jobs last year. These increased employment opportunities are bringing the population age down too with 33 being the new median age in Houston.
Still Some Small Town Charm
Even with the growing population, you’ll still feel the small town Texas charm from the locals. Need directions? You’ll get them with a smile. Even if you’re just dropping into the local convenience store for gas and a snack, you’ll likely be met with a friendly smile and casual small talk about the weather or latest news.
Southern Drawl Out. Y’all Still In
Houston is more urban and less “Texas” than other Texas cities, so you won’t hear Southern drawls on every street corner. But even though not everyone speaks with the friendly Texas drawl, “y’all” will never die. Even if you’re not from the south, “y’all” will eventually become part of your everyday vocabulary if you live in Houston long enough.
It’s a Museum Lover’s Dream Come True
Not only is Houston home to plenty of art galleries and artsy neighborhoods, it’s also bursting at the seams with museums. In fact, you’ll find an actual Museum District, which houses 20 museums in a 12-block radius.
It’s a Foodie’s Paradise
With 11,000 restaurants in Houston, you’ll never make it through all the culinary fare the city has to offer, but we wouldn’t blame you if you tried since Houston is home to some of the best restaurants in the United States.
Hot Summers, Nice Weather the Rest of the Year
With temperatures in the summer often hovering around 100 degrees combined with high humidity, Houston isn’t exactly pleasant during the summer months unless you’re in a pool. Some say you get used to it. Some just suffer. Make it through summer, however, and you’ll get to enjoy the flip side - mild winters and lots of sunshine throughout the rest of the year. In fact, you’ll often enjoy 70-degree weather even in December and January in Houston.
Remember the heat? Yep, you’re going to want to have access to a pool if you live in Houston. Many houses have private pools, but if not, there are plenty of neighborhood and city pools around to relax in. In addition to pools, there are also several great beaches such as Galveston Island to enjoy in the Houston area.
Nature Lovers Won’t Be Disappointed
Yes, it’s a large city, but plenty of green space breaks up the concrete jungle. With nearly 40,000 acres in the City of Houston park system, including the 12-acre Discovery Green in downtown Texas, you’re bound to find some nature wherever you are.
The housing market is rather competitive in Houston right now with some houses selling before they even hit the market. But still, the city is one of the most affordable housing markets in the country, with the average price of a single-family home at just $300,178 (as reported in June of 2016).
Houstonians Are Proud
Houston has a lot to offer, and the people know it. They won’t let you forget it either. If you’re going to live in Houston, prepare to feel a newfound pride of place.