Living In Houston, Texas: The Pros And Cons Of Living Here

Houston Texas

Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States as well as being the most diverse city in the Country.

It is a city that offers many opportunities and things for you to see and do.

I have a deep connection with this city.

Because as many of you have known, I was born and raised here in the city of Houston.

I have lived here all my life and absolutely love every minute of it.

If you are considering moving to Houston, I have some tips for you here down below. After all every city has their pros and cons about them. And its best to know what you are getting yourself into before you move to a certain location.

So without wasting your time any longer, lets dive on in!

Pros And Cons Of Living In Houston

There are many pros and cons about living in Houston.

Many of which might surprise you.

However even with that being said, you should still take a good look at this list carefully and decide for yourself if this city is truly for you.

Pros Of Living In Houston

Low Cost Of Living

Housing in Houston

If you didn’t know, Houston has a very low cost of living.

For instance, if you were to compare Houston to cities like New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, the cost of living here is actually really low.

An example would be: You can rent a spacious and luxury 3 bedroom apartment which includes a garage and luxury amenities like a gym, game room, meeting room etc…for a low price of only $1,500.

That same price can probably get you a closet or a small 1 room apartment in a city like New York City or Los Angeles.

Now Houston isn’t the absolute cheapest city in the United States but compared to many other major cities, it is a terrific value for what you get.

Great Base For Traveling Around

flying around

Houston makes for a perfect base to travel around the country.

After all, it is located in the middle area of the United States, so traveling around to the west cost or east cost will definitely be cheaper for you.

For instance, depending on the months I can most likely get a plane ticket to fly to any city in California for about $100-150 dollars. If I wanted to fly to the east coast, I could fly there for around the same price as well.

Plus because Houston is a major travel hub, we have airlines flying to and from here from almost any country around the world.

So if you love traveling, this place would definitely be the place for you.

The City Is Extremely Diverse

Diverse City

As you know, Houston is the most diverse city in the entire country. Which means you can find people with different backgrounds here every single day.

Not only that, but because of the diversity here, you can find many different cultures here, delicious foods, perspectives and anything else you might imagine.

Lots Of Jobs

Lots Of Jobs

One of the greatest draws for any new person to the city of Houston is that there is a plethora of jobs here.

You can find anything like Oil and Gas, aerospace, healthcare, tech, manufacturing and many more industries here that keep the economy of Houston booming.

Plus Houston is home to the world’s largest medical complex, which means if you are in the medical field, you can always find a job here.

There are always companies out here looking for people to hire and best of all is that they pay great.

Close Proximity To Many Other Fun Places

fun places

If you love traveling around and visiting different cities, then you’ll be happy to know that Houston is really close to a lot of major cities.

Some of my favorites include:

  • Dallas (240 Miles, 3 – 4 Hour Drive)
  • Austin (165 Miles, 2 Hours 30 Minute Drive)
  • San Antonio (197 Miles, 3 Hour Drive)
  • New Orleans (348 Miles, 5 Hour Drive)

And its not just cities either.

Houston is also pretty close to a few national parks as well.

Some include:

  • Big Bend National Park
  • Sheldon Lake State Park
  • Padre Island National Seashore
  • Big Thicket National Preserve

Lots Of Big Box Brands Located Here

walmart

Because Houston is such a major city, you can find a variety of big box brands located all around the city.

You don’t even need to drive far too as you’ll be able to find these brands on almost every single block.

So you’ll never have to worry about not finding anything as you can usually find almost everything you’ll ever need here.

Tons Of Amazing Food Spots

food in houston

Because Houston is such a major city with many different cultures here, you can definitely expect there to be all kinds of amazing food located here.

Many top tier chefs have made Houston their home and established really popular restaurants all around. Not only that but even big named restaurants who have multiple locations have decided to establish some locations here in Houston.

There are also many ethnic foods as well like Korean, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Mediterranean, and more. Basically every culture you can think off, you can find the foods here in this city.

So if you love food, then this is definitely the city for you.

Plenty Of Things To See And Do

things to do in houston

There are always going to be things for you to see and do here in the city of Houston.

From the variety of sports teams to the museums and even the family friendly activities. You will always be able to find something to keep yourself busy.

In fact, Houston is home to numerous museums and theaters. You can find them by going to either the Museum district or even the Theater District which is home to the famous “Houston Grand Opera”.

You can also find things like the famous Space Center Houston where you can learn about all things space. The downtown aquarium which is filled with tons of marine life and the Houston zoo which is filled with animals from all over the country.

Definitely makes for a fun and worthwhile experience.

Lots Of Greenery

houston greenary

In the city of Houston, you can find a whole bunch of places full of lush beautiful greenery.

For instance, there are many parks all around that is perfect for the average person to roam around in and relax with nature.

Hermann Park and Memorial Park are just 2 of the biggest parks we have in this city that features many things for you to see and do.

This city has also recently begun an extensive green space transformation which adds many new parks as well as beautifying the old ones, cleaning up bayous, and adding many nature and biking trails throughout the city.

It is definitely a great place to be one with nature.

Cons Of Living In Houston

The Traffic Is Terrible

houston traffic

Because Houston is such a large city, there are always going to be tons of cars out on the streets.

In fact, it is actually pretty common for you to drive around and suddenly be stuck in a traffic jam for many minutes before even moving an inch.

This traffic can definitely add 10 to 20 minutes or more to your trip. And this traffic is especially worse during rush hour when everybody is trying to get home.

So if you are planning on driving around the city, I hope you will be able to get use to all the waiting around you’ll be doing.

Bi-Polar Weather

bipolar weather

The weather in Houston is definitely unpredictable.

You are almost never able to tell what kind of weather you will be having in this city as the weather is constantly changing.

For instance, you might have a nice sunny day one day and the next will be a thundering storm. Or you might get hail and rain or even sun and rain at the same time.

It is just too hard to tell.

Plus during the summer time, you can expect the heat to go into the three digits which is just insanely hot. You almost won’t want to leave your house during these times.

You can expect the weather to be bi-polar all year long.

So if you are planning to move here, you better get use to all this crazy weather.

Taxes

taxes

As you know there is no state income tax for the city of Houston. Now this might sound great in theory, it does make for higher sales tax when you buy things.

In fact, most purchases will carry a 8.25% sales tax on the things you buy.

Mosquitos – Lots Of Them

mosquito

Houston is home to many mosquitos.

It’s just one of those things where you always have to keep an eye out for when you are outdoors.

But this is something you’ll get use to fast as you live here for awhile.

Important Tips For Living In Houston

Are you thinking about moving to Houston? Here are a few things you should know about before you move here.

  • If you can, try to avoid moving during the summer. This is because the heat can often times be unbearable and just making moving a really bad experience. If you can try to move any other season of the year. Plus your friends will be more willing to help you move since the weather is a lot better.
  • Try to pick a place where you’ll be spending a lot of your time in. This is because the city is so big and the commute can often take you quite a long time just to get around. So picking some place where you’ll be spending most of your time at will be a lot more beneficial for you.
  • Pick a place with a Garage. Your car will thank you especially during this heat.
  • Houston has low taxes and on top of that, no state income tax!

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As you can see, there are quite a few things for you to do here in the area of Montrose.

So hopefully this list was able to give you some ideas as for things to do whenever you are in Montrose.

Also if you are going to be stopping by Houston anytime soon, you might be interested in some of my other posts:

Or for a list of more Houston posts, you can click here.

Let me know how it goes!