Houston is a bustling metropolis and one of the biggest cities in the country. Business is booming, the population is diverse, and there are neighborhoods to suit every personality. If you’re new to Houston, you’ll be able to find a ton of reasons to want to plant your roots here.
It’s important to know what to expect before moving to a new city, especially if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit first. If you’re considering a move to Houston, these are the 11 essential things you need to know about the city. Fit in like a local in no time.
11 Things You Should Know If You're New to Houston
1. Expect to sweat a lot.
In the summer, average temperatures range from 74-94 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, those temperatures briefly dip to 41-65 degrees. This, on top of the high humidity, leaves you sweating as soon as you walk out the door.
2. Get comfortable with spending time in your car.
If you move to Houston, you’re going to need a car. The city is spread out, and it can take an hour or more just to drive across the city. Houstonians are used to commuting and spending a lot of time in their cars.
3. The food is amazing.
A diverse population yields a diverse (and delicious) culinary culture. In Houston, it’s not hard to find fantastic cuisine ranging from the signature Tex-Mex and food trucks to Creole, Vietnamese, Venezuelan, Ethiopian, and Lebanese.
4. There are cool museums galore.
The Museum District Downtown is home to 19 museums including the Children’s Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Health Museum, and Houston Zoo. Many museums offer free admission on Thursdays. Fun fact: Ameritex Movers partnered with the Children’s Museum to display a cardboard model of Houston.
5. Art abounds.
You can find impressive art outside of the major museums, too. The eye-catching murals around town beg for Instagram photo shoots. Look for the Greetings from Houston mural at Gelazzi in the Heights or the Houston is Inspired wall at Market Square Downtown.
6. Houstonians love sports.
Houston is home to five professional sports teams: Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Dynamo (MLS), and Houston Dash (NWSL). You can cheer on the home teams all year long.
7. The cost of living is affordable.
Compared to other cities in the United States, living in Houston is impressively affordable. For example, the cost of housing in Houston is 78% less than the cost in New York City. The overall cost of living is 22% than the national average.
8. There aren’t formal zoning laws.
Because there are no zoning laws, it’s not uncommon for residential homes to sit next to businesses. Interestingly enough, Houston is the biggest city in the country without these regulations. Who knows what might pop up next door?
9. The Rodeo and Livestock Show is a big deal.
Yes, cowboy boots and hats are a Texan stereotype that isn’t necessarily true. But when the rodeo rolls into town, all bets are off. The Houston Rodeo is one of the largest in the world!
10. Houston’s nickname is the Bayou City.
Okay, bayous probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you picture Houston. However, 10 waterways flow through the city. Other Houston nicknames include: H-Town, Clutch City, Crush City, and Magnolia City.
11. There’s no income tax.
Hooray, no income tax! Boo, high property and sales tax! Taxes in Texas work a little bit differently than other parts of the country.
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Ameritex Movers and Packers are here for you. We love the Houston area, and we know you will too. Give us a call today to book your move to H-Town, or fill out the form above for a free moving quote. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about moving or being new to Houston.