Houston is the 4th most populous city in Texas. It is home to a thriving energy industry, five professional sports teams and NASA. At you relocating to Houston or thinking about making a move there? Here are 10 things you need to know before making the move!
1. You’ll need a car. Houston is a driving city and traffic can be rough. There’s more in the way of light rail and buses than there used to be but public transit is still underdeveloped. Having a car is pretty much a must, and we’re guessing you’ll want to invest in a car with a functioning air conditioner for the Summer since the heat and humidity can be intense.
2. You will need to invest in insect repellant. Houston is hot, humid and swampy. After it rains, the mosquitoes come out to hunt. And mosquitoes in Houston don’t just mean annoying buzzing and itchy bites – they also carry dengue and West Nile virus.
3. Houston is quickly gaining new residents. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2010 and 2015 the population of Houston grew by 8.9%. Between July 2014 and July 2015 Houston added over 40,000 residents.
4. Relatively low housing market. The median home value in Houston is around $150,000. It’s a relatively affordable housing market, which is part of why it has managed to attract so many new residents. Unlike cities like New York and San Francisco which haven’t supplied enough housing to keep up with the demand from new residents, Houston’s housing market has grown with its population, preventing the kinds of real estate bubbles other cities have seen.
5. Diversity. Houston is a diverse city with a large number of residents from other countries. That’s part of what makes it such a great place to live. Moving to Houston will give you the opportunity to explore the many cuisines and languages (over 90 are represented in the city) that make Houston what it is today.
6. Commuting. If you want a short commute, be sure to look for a place to buy or rent that is close to the office. Living far out in the suburbs and having a long commute is common and just like any other major city, Houston is a heavy traffic city.
7. The Loop. Interstate 610 is a freeway that loops around central Houston. When giving directions, residents will often mention whether a given destination is inside or outside “The Loop.” There’s a lot of good stuff inside the Loop, including cultural institutions and sports teams. If you don’t need a big house in the suburbs with a yard and a pool you may want to settle inside the Loop after moving to Houston.
8. Food Scene. The food scene in Houston is famous for its diverse offerings and residents count themselves lucky to have such great restaurants at their fingertips. Tex-Mex is the city’s most famous culinary offering but, as you’d expect in such a diverse city, there’s food of all kinds available. Prices range from the high-end restaurants catering to the city’s oil millionaires to humble food trucks.
9. Major Attraction – The Rodeo. If moving to Texas conjures up visions of cowboy boots and concealed carry permits, the rodeo is the place for you. Even if you’re not planning to immerse yourself in that culture it’s a fun event that brings Houstonians together every year.
10. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. On a more serious note, Houston is in the path of hurricanes and tropical storms, so if you’re moving to Houston it’s smart to come up with a disaster plan.
Houston is a city that has a lot to offer to everyone, no matter what your culture is. If you are looking to relocate, contact Strongman Movers today for a free estimate to relocate your family.