When people think about Houston, the phrase "Houston we have a problem" always seems to come to mind. But in My mind, Houston only has one problem, TRAFFIC! The area offers a ton of great paying jobs, there is a lot to see and do, and it is one of the most diverse cities in the country. If you are thinking of relocating to Houston, I hope that this helps you.
I live just East of Houston, in the town of Mont Belvieu, which is certainly growing at a rapid pace, and I will almost always mention it in the Blogs that I write. I have worked in the oil and gas industry for most of my adult life (around 20 years) and I am also a realtor. I used to think that I was a part time realtor, but anyone in real estate knows that there is no such thing. Houston is definitely my families home as my wife has moved here from out of state and both of our boys were born in Clear Lake (SE of Houston). But enough about me lets talk about this area.
Houston is home to a large assortment of high paying jobs, with an abundance of oil and gas, a world class medical center, and the port of Houston is the 10th largest in the world. Do you know what all comes from oil? It literally goes into a ton of products, everything from gasoline to the plastics that make everything from cell phone parts, contact lenses, and plastic bottles and lids. There are jobs in theses fields that are available at a wide array of companies, some companies even hire 50-100 candidates at a time. Most of these jobs average starting pay is $80,000.00/ year and can go double that and more.
The Houston medical center is located just south of the City center. Ben Taub is the trauma hospital that is a very large facility with cutting edge technology should anyone need a trauma ward. MD Anderson cancer center is also there, and they really are the top of the line in cancer treatment in research, I have a little experience of this firsthand (my father went through treatment there). Houston Methodist also has a large facility there, it was here where Dr. Michael Debakey perfected open heart surgery which has saved countless lives. Then there is Texas Children's, which has a wide variety of Dr's that specialize in pediatrics.
As far as things to do in Houston, there is the Space Center Houston, which is a must see. Enjoy the museum district, which is in close proximity to the Houston Zoo. Catch an MLB, NFL, or NBA game depending on the season. Oh, and I cannot forget about the restaurants, way too many to list right now, but Houston definitely has some of the best food on the Gulf Coast. Galveston is less than an hour from Hobby airport, where you can catch a cruise, enjoy the strand, or just relax on the beach (and dont forget the pleasure pier). These are just a few things that Houston has to offer, pretty much everything but snow skiing.
Houston is also one of the most diverse cities in the United States. All walks of life are here from many different backgrounds, customs, and cultures. It is just what a hillbilly from West Virginia needed in his life to expand his horizons (I am originally from a small town in West Virginia.)
I hope you have enjoyed this blog and found it informative. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions for me, and always comment because I love hearing from you. Oh yeah and MOVE TO THE HILL!