I am a Houston native--I grew up "in the loop" which is the inner city area and I am thrilled to call Houston home again one day. I have only just moved away 6 months ago and I am 27. I always lived in central Houston, so my view is skewed based on that and my love for the city. First of all, the infrastructure of Houston sucks--it is the result of growing population. The weather... is atrocious. The humidity is unreal. Everywhere I travel, people swear it gets just as hot there but I have not been anywhere as sweltering as Houston. Just remember, it is a swamp but the humidity is great for your skin! The traffic... even worse... public transport isn't the best but they are working on it! The pollution is a thing, especially with the thick humidity but... what large city isn't polluted?! Yes, flooding is a thing.... EVERY city has tradeoffs. These are the things you put up with for all the good!Houston's cost of living and immense economic opportunity is nuts-- the best place for someone to become successful no matter what you do for a living. Hospitality is a major industry that can offer a great life for someone without a college education. Not to mention the trades that are in HIGH demand here. Healthcare and Oil related jobs are everywhere! Not to mention, it is one of the best places to start a business! The city has a rebirth in population over and over which causes an overhaul on infrastructure all the time. Yes, the constant construction is rough... but it is a sign that the city is always improving. The Houston government has not taken an economical hit like the rest of the state or country because of the various industries keeping jobs in tact. I met more people that moved back to Houston after the housing crisis losing their houses in other states because HTX's housing market and economy was still stable.Education gets tricky--the suburbs have great schools and HISD have some amazing schools! Depending on the neighborhood within the city limits, you may be zoned to a undesirable school but almost every HISD school has a magnet program of some sort so you can pretty much pick which school you wish. I grew up in the loop and was zoned to rough schools but I just got on an academic transfer or performing arts transfer and went to any school I wanted and received transportation. I received an excellent education surrounded by various ethnicities in the student body as well as teachers. Houston is THE most diverse city in the country. YES it has surpassed NYC as the most diverse city. Houston is a very politically neutral city which I love. Watch Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" Houston episode and see. The city stays pretty democratic and fairly liberal but there is enough of a conservative force (TX) that balances it out that allows for a pretty effective local government! Houston has AMAZING food and some excellent museums. There are many professional dance companies and other performing companies.There is some sort of international festival downtown every weekend. Downtown used to be just a working district but it has really changed into a great nightlife and more residential area. Over the last 5-10 years the city has really started to transform to keep up with the other National big cities as far as convenience and amenities. The city is not walkable by any means but more areas are becoming connected.My favorite thing about Houston... the grit. There is an undeniable authenticity to Houston that other cities lack (Ahem, Austin). The only other cities that have this grit that I speak of (while maintaining livability and vibrance) are Chicago and Philadelphia. Austin and Dallas have been the shining stars in Texas for a long time...no one can deny Dallas' polarizing sparkle and Austin's expensive beauty but they both have a phony element that gets under my skin.If you want to live somewhere with REAL people and REAL food with REAL opportunity where you can actually afford to build the life you want... then HTX is a great place to look. Oh, and also.... fajitas were invented in Houston. :)
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