Moving to Houston, TX

Thinking about moving to Houston?

You’re not alone. H-Town attracts 2,000 new residents every week. It’s the home of Beyoncé, the NASA Astronaut Corps, and more Fortune 500 company headquarters than anywhere in the U.S. except New York.

Houston’s neighborhoods are as diverse as its population. From charming houses in Montrose to modern condos in The Heights, you’ll always have a place to call home. Not sure where to start? Read our guide to top Houston neighborhoods, then consult our list of best Houston realtors to help make your search easy.

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Traffic

Houston is known for its terrible traffic. That’s because about 600,000 people drive into the city for work daily, according to the Center for Houston’s Future. In 2013, the Texas A&M Traffic Institute ranked Houston sixth among major U.S. cities in the number of hours drivers spend in traffic per year.

Officials currently plan to reconfigure I-45, a major interstate through downtown Houston, to alleviate congestion. City planning will also continue adding HOV and bus lanes to major freeways.

Beat the commute: Houstonites suggest using alternate route apps like Waze, moving closer to work and taking advantage of HOV lanes.

Weather

You can thank Houston’s subtropical climate for its blazing summers, mild winters and perpetual humidity. Houstonites enjoy stable temperatures starting from late September to early May, which means good patio weather can appear as early as January.

Flooding is the most common form of severe weather. Due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Houston may also be affected by hurricanes or tropical storms. Approximately seven major hurricanes have passed through Houston and Galveston over the past 100 years.

Summer average (June – Aug): 92 ℉ high, 75 ℉ low
Winter average (Dec – Feb): 65 ℉ high, 47 ℉ low

Economy

Houston’s stellar economy has landed it on countless Top 10 lists over the past decade—and there are no signs of that changing anytime soon.

Major employers include the Texas Medical Center (the largest medical center in the world), dozens of Fortune 500 company headquarters (including Philips, Sysco, Apache, Halliburton, Baker Hughes and many more), and a wide range of aeronautics and technology companies. And with more than 5,000 energy firms calling it home, Houston is unofficially known as “The Energy Capital of the World.”

Unemployment rate: 4.8% (as of October 2015)
Average weekly wages for all industries: $1,363 (first quarter 2015)

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Houston, TX Arts and Entertainment

Children's Museum

Children's Museum of Houston, Binz Street, Houston, TX, United States

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX, United States

Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX, United States

The Health Museum

The Health Museum, Hermann Drive, Houston, TX, United States

Police Museum

Police Museum, Houston, United States

Holocaust Museum

Holocaust Museum Houston, Caroline Street, Houston, TX, United States

Menil Collection

The Menil Collection, Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, United States

The Orange Show

The Orange Show, Munger Street, Houston, TX, United States

Beer Can House

Beer Can House, Malone Street, Houston, TX, United States

Art Car Museum

Art Car Museum, Heights Boulevard, Houston, TX, United States

Museums

Houston is chicken soup for the artistic soul. World-class museums and cultural landmarks abound.

Children's Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Natural Science
The Health Museum
Police Museum
Holocaust Museum
Menil Collection
The Orange Show
Beer Can House
Art Car Museum

Houston Theater District

Theater District, Houston, TX, United States

The Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre, Main Street, Houston, TX, United States

The Midtown Arts & Theater Center

The MATCH, Main Street, Houston, TX, United States

Alley Theatre

Alley Theatre, Texas Avenue, Houston, TX, United States

Theaters

Got a taste for the theatrical? Find the next indie darling at one of Houston’s many tucked away theaters. For grander fare, head to the renowned Houston Theater District, home to nine performing arts organizations.

Houston Theater District
The Ensemble Theatre
The Midtown Arts & Theater Center
Alley Theatre

Discovery Green

Discovery Green, McKinney Street, Houston, TX, United States

Buffalo Bayou Park

Buffalo Bayou Park, Allen Parkway, Houston, TX, United States

Hermann Park

Hermann Park, Fannin Street, Houston, TX, United States

Sam Houston Park

Sam Houston Park, Bagby Street, Houston, TX, United States

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Woodway Drive, Houston, TX, United States

Nature Discovery Center

Nature Discovery Center, Newcastle Street, Bellaire, TX, United States

Parks

Houston has hundreds of parks to choose from, including the popular Discovery Green, the newly renovated Buffalo Bayou Park, the beautiful Hermann Park and the historic Sam Houston Park.

Discovery Green
Buffalo Bayou Park
Hermann Park
Sam Houston Park
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Nature Discovery Center
Nightlife

Houston is massive and diverse, and its nightlife lives up to the challenge. From upscale cocktail lounges to divey honky-tonks to quiet jazz bars to booming dance clubs, it’s just a matter of asking yourself how you want the night to end.

Due to Houston’s vast geography, most residents do nights out in their respective pockets. Midtown, Heights and Montrose are popular districts for both a night on the town or grabbing a casual drink with friends.

Food

With more than 11,000 restaurants, Houston is a food city like no other. It’s where southern comfort joints have lines out the door, and combinations like “Viet-Cajun” exist. It’s where generations of southern cooking tradition coexists with culinary experimentation. Where barbecue melts your heart before it melts in your mouth, and you’d drive 40 minutes for the burger you’ve been craving because it’s just that good.

Sports

The Astros, Rockets, Dynamo and Dash (men and women’s pro soccer teams) all play in stadiums in downtown. The Texans play near the Medical Center. The Skeeters are in Sugar Land and the Scrap Yard Dawgs are in Conroe. Head to Rice and the University of Houston for even more games to watch.

Events

Houston has no shortage of world-famous events. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo takes place every March, and is the largest livestock show and rodeo in the world. Each Spring, residents line the streets for The Art Car Parade. Twice a year, thousands flock to The Bayou City Art Festival, one of the top art festivals in the nation.

New and popular events include the Hermann Park Kite Festival, the Discovery Green FUNomental Festival, Scream on the Green and Frostival!

Culture

Houston boasts the most racially and ethnically diverse large metro area in the U.S. (yes, even more than New York!). Couple that with a tradition of southern charm, and you’ve got yourself some of the most friendly and interesting neighbors anywhere.

Here are some stats from the City of Houston website:

  • More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area
  • 92 countries have consular offices in Houston (the third highest in the nation)
  • More than 500 cultural, visual and performing arts organizations call Houston home, 90 of which are devoted to multicultural and minority arts
  • Houston has the third-largest Hispanic and third-largest Mexican population in the U.S.

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