They say that everything is big in Texas. Houston practically exemplifies Texas’ larger than life ideology, with 2.3 million residents. It is also the fourth most populous city in the country. With such a large population, people are not attracted to this town for nothing! This city is the center for space exploration, famous for it’s space center. The oil industries here are also notorious, providing an economy based around engineering and fracking.
Many are hesitant about moving to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Despite the disaster, Houston’s spirit and people have proven to be indestructible, with the city of Houston continuing to grow, despite the turmoil it has recently faced.
Houston has a rich and deep history. Houston was founded in 1836 by two brothers, named Augustus C. and John K. Allen, who bought 6,642 acres of land near the Buffalo Bayou. The land was sold in lots by the brothers, who made a ton of money off of the land. With the first steamship, called the Laura, arriving in Houston, the year of 1837 saw Houston’s population rise from 12 people to around 1,500 people. Houston soon would see a debacle of debauchery begin to infest the town. This led to the townspeople building a chamber of commerce for the city. This would be the start of Houston’s beginnings.
Once Mexico wouls start threatening Texas, Sam Houston would turn Houston into Texas’ capital. Houston would later build an economy off the sale of cotton and lumber. A fire destroyed Houston in 1859 but the city saved itself soon after. This is an early example of Houston’s unbreakable resilience.
Despite Hurricane Harvey’s wrath, Houston’s housing market refuses to die down. The average housing price listed was $324,900. A sudden housing shortage has allowed for housing prices to rise dramatically, due to low supply. Renting prices have also taken on similar trends. Housing prices may be high for a while, until Houston lands back on its’ feet. If you are moving to Houston from another part of the country, you may want to wait until Houston completely rebuilds itself in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey.
Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in the area, serving over 210,000 students. This district contains 283 schools and is the seventh largest public-school district in the country. The Alief School district is a school district which serves southwest Houston.
The top-rated public schools in Houston are Barbara Bush Elementary School and Kerr High School. There is Lanier Middle School, which is a charter school. There are many schools in Houston which particularly cater to highly gifted children and provide a challenge for your bright child. For high school, there is Clear Horizons Early College High School, which is one of America’s best high schools according to US news. The Harmony School of Advancement is a charter school which serves K-12 and focuses on excelling in math, science and engineering. This is just the tip of the iceberg, due to Houston being such a large town. Links were provided in this paragraph with more information regarding Houston’s schooling.
Houston is home to plenty of colleges, here are just a few of them:
The University of Houston is an excellent university, which educates 43,000 students. Being placed in such a large city allows for plenty of internships and research opportunities.
Houston Community College is a community college which offers open enrollment, even to those who are not completely fluent in English. This is a smart choice for those who want to save money, as opposed to taking the complete 4-year university route.
Rice University is a private research university. An unusually large amount of research which occurs in the college. This school has 6,740 students, making it somewhat smaller than majority of universities.
The unemployment rate in Houston is at around 4.9%. There are loads of job opportunities in Houston due to the size of the city. Texas’ oil industry is almost iconic, with the fracking industry providing loads of jobs. The oil market is in recovery and the value of oil is slowly and surely going up to helping to secure Houston’s fracking industry and economy. Houston is also a center for space engineering and technology, with plenty of jobs being offered in those fields.
Houston’s hot temperatures range in around the 90s in Fahrenheit, with August being Houston’s warmest month. Houston’s lowest temperatures range in around the 50s, in the winter months. Houston’s humidity is extremely high, at around 90% in the winter months. The humidity is the enemy of sleek hair, those who style their hair need to beware! Houston’s annual rainfall is around 49 inches per year.
Things to do in Houston
Houston has a large entertainment landscape. This large city is teeming with exciting things to do. I cannot possibly put every attraction in Houston on this list. Here is just the tip of the iceberg:
Space Center Houston-Houston is famous for its’ space center, anyone who is coming into the area should not miss visiting this museum. The museum seeks to educate the public about space, with many artifacts from space missions and astronaut meet-and-greets on Fridays. This is the perfect place for the aspiring space explorer!
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston-An art museum which contains 64,000 works from a span of 6,000 years of history.
Bear Creek Pioneers Park-2,168-acre park which contains walking trails and a small zoo containing buffalos and ostriches. It is the perfect place to go if you are seeking a relaxing day outdoors!
Beer Can House-This is a house structured out of flattened beer cans. This is the place to go if you are looking to explore somewhere eccentric!
Schools (Houston Independent School District)
Driver’s License and Registration (Houston DMV office locations)
Gas and Electricity (Centerpoint Energy)
Self-Storage (Storage West Houston Storage Facilities)
Making Your Move
If the idea of being in a warm and friendly, larger-than-life town is appealing to you, then Houston is the perfect choice for you and your family. You will soon see why this is one of the most popular cities in America. The Lone Star state welcomes you.
Here is a video with information on Houston and details about it’s attractions: