Moving to Houston? Here are 7 things to know.

Moving to Houston

We’ve already raved to you about all the reasons why moving to Texas is a great idea. If you’ve decided to take the leap towards the lone star state (which we absolutely think you should), you may want to do a bit of research into which Texan city is ideal to call your new home. And we may be a little biased, but Houston takes the cake for a few different reasons. To help you get started with your research, we’ve created a list of 7 things you’ll want to know about your future home, Houston, Texas:

Housing is cheap

If you hail from the Big Apple or the Golden State, you’ll probably have a run for your money by selling your home and moving to Houston. The median home price in Houston as of August 2023 is just $345,000, well below the national median, making it a super attractive city to buy a lavishly large and upgraded home. And with a low cost of living and no state income tax, you’ll be living comfortably and saving for years to come.

Jobs are booming

Houston is a city that is continuing to see growth over the years. This is in part due to the energy, life science, manufacturing, healthcare and aerospace industries that have taken root in this city. Interestingly, Houston ranks third of all US cities where Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters, sitting at a total of 26 companies!

Home to NASA

Speaking of the aerospace industry, Houston is proud to be home to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known on the international stage as NASA. So, if you’re looking up to the sky and the stars with your life’s dreams, there’s no better place to live than Houston. Not only does NASA represent inspiration and achievement, it’s a great field trip for young ones and an educational attraction, and also provides many jobs in the field of engineering. “Houston, we don’t have a problem here!”

NASA Space Center in Houston

Traffic is the norm

When they say everything is bigger in Texas, they’re really talking about Houston. As a city, Houston is the biggest in size, and with the steady growth of this populous city, you’re likely to run into traffic as part of your day-to-day. Make sure you’re prepared for the commuter life. Many people buy homes in the suburbs and drive in to work in the city, so the freeways are likely to be rammed. Pack your patience!

Learn the Loop

Speaking of traffic and freeways, you’ll likely spend a lot of time on “the Loop”, the name that Houstonians lovingly use for Interstate 610, that creates a loop around the map of Houston and distinguishes key areas of the city. Once you move to Houston, you’ll quickly learn how to refer to places in reference to the Loop, like living in neighborhoods or visiting restaurants and attractions inside or outside the Loop.

Houston Traffic

Underground tunnels

One of the innovative ways that planners have come up with to tackle all the heavy traffic that comes with Houston life is by creating underground tunnels in downtown Houston. Instead of having to take public transit or driving short distances to where you need to be when out and about downtown, these tunnels provide a convenient and safe pathway to walk through and reach multiple stores, restaurants, and other buildings in a timely, economic, and physically fit manner. Pedestrian traffic in Houston’s underground tunnels is no problemo.

Diverse cultures

Because of its rapid growth and diverse job market, Houston is attractive to skilled workers from around the world. That’s what makes Houston so diverse. Many cities complain of brain-drain, but in Houston, it’s all gain! This is why you’ll see large Hispanic and Asian populations, and is touted as the 9th most ethnically diverse large city in the US. This makes lifestyle, culture, and the food scene something to write home about!

The Power to Choose your Power

Houston has the added advantage of falling within Texas’s energy deregulated market. This means that you have the freedom to choose your energy supplier to power your home or business. The high competition that comes with energy deregulation means that there are several companies to choose from offering a wide variety of competitive energy rates and plans.

Arrow Energy is proud to call Houston its home and be a part of such a rich, diverse, and booming city. If you’re planning on moving to Houston in the near future, whether for work, family, or other investment, contact Arrow Energy and learn about how we can help power your new home and life towards a prosperous future.