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Houston, TX

Houston, TX

Moving to Houston, Texas​​

Located 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, the city of Houston sits on the bayous and shorelines of Galveston Bay. Houston was established in 1836 when General Sam Houston defeated Mexico in the Texas War for Independence. Since then, the population has expanded to over 2.3 million people and is now the fourth-largest city in the country. Its diversity, innovation and growth make it the economic powerhouse of the world and provide many opportunities for residents and newcomers. If you’re moving to Houston, Texas, you’ll soon be another proud Houstonian who is happy to call this Bayou City home.\

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What makes Houston a great city to move to?​

Weather

The climate is classified as humid subtropical with temperatures that welcome outdoor living and activity. The city averages eighteen days annually of temps below freezing. With minimal cold weather, the area has measured only fourteen snowfalls since 1939. Highs average in the 90s and temperatures rarely reach over 100 degrees. Supercell storms with tornadoes are known to develop during the spring, but the main weather concern is flooding with yearly precipitation averaging 53 inches. The city sometimes experiences tropical cyclones during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, producing heavy rains that cause significant damage. Hurricane Ike was the most recent hurricane occurring in 2008. It’s a good idea to brush up on your hurricane safety tips if you’re moving to this coastal city.

Food

Known as the “Culture and Culinary Capital of Texas,” Houston is home to more than 10,000 restaurants representing more than 70 countries and American regions. Houstonians dine out more than any other city averaging 4.1 times weekly compared to 3.1 nationally. With so many options for delicious cuisine, it can be hard to choose! A few of the area’s most well-known eateries include: Chama Gaúcha Steakhouse, Brennan’s of Houston, Mark’s American Cuisine, Uchi and Taste of Texas. For on-the-go eaters, the city has over 215 food trucks in the area. Local favorites include: Bernie’s Burger Bus, The Waffle Bus and It’s a Wrap.   

Local attractions

This growing city has plenty to offer for entertainment and Texan experiences. Join the fun at the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo or visit the Cypress Trails Ranch for a horseback ride along Cypress Creek. For family-friendly activities, view the animals at the Houston Zoo (named one of the ten best zoos in the nation by Parent Magazine) or let the kids explore and learn at the Children’s Museum of Houston (named America’s number one children’s museum by Parent Magazine). Houston is also home of NASA Mission Control where tours are available. One of the many attractions at the NASA Johnson Space Center includes meeting real astronauts and hearing about their “out-of-this world” adventures.

Houstonians interested in outdoor activities can experience nature up-close at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center or visit one of the city’s many parks. With 56,405 acres of parks, residents enjoy 45 hiking and biking trails totaling 228.8 miles.

Beaches near Houston

Though you can’t see the gulf-of-Mexico from the heart of Houston, it’s only a short drive. The nearest beach is just 30 minutes from downtown and the farthest is a little over an hour away. Here are a few favorites:

  • Sylvan Beach Park (35 minutes)
  • Stewart Beach (1 hour)
  • East Beach (1 hour 8 min)
  • Surfside Beach (1 hour 9 min)
  • Galveston Island State Park (1 hour 10 min)

Sports

Sports fans will love living in Houston. The city is home to many professional sport teams including:

  • NBA Houston Rockets
  • MLS Houston Dynamo
  • MLB Houston Astros
  • NFL Houston Texans

The NFL 2017 Super Bowl LI is set for February 5 at NRG Stadium. This will be the third time Houston has hosted the game.

International hub

Houston is an international city with a diverse population. According to the Greater Houston Partnership, more than 1.5 million Houstonians are foreign born. Together, residents speak over 145 languages and there are more than 90 countries with consulate offices in the area. Houston has 17 sister-city business relationships across five continents. Top international trade involves business with China, Mexico, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands.

Education

If you’re moving to Houston with children, there are plenty of opportunities for quality education. The area has 25 districts with the Houston Independent School District (HISD) being the largest. Ranked as the nation’s seventh-largest school district, HISD serves 283 schools educating more than 215,000 students. There are 14 major institutions of higher learning and more than 60 colleges and universities. A few include the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University and Houston Community College System.

Employment

As of October 2015, the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent and over 2.9 million job positions were filled. Known as the energy capital of the world, Houston is home to more than 3,700 energy-related companies and provides many career opportunities. The world’s largest medical center, the Texas Medical Center, is located in Houston employing more than 92,000 people and serving more than 7.1 million patients annually. The economy is primarily based on the energy industry, healthcare, biomedical research, aerospace, trade, transportation and utilities. As of 2014, there were twenty-six Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the area.

Cost of living

According to Forbes, it ranks first among U.S. cities where paychecks stretch the furthest. In 2016, the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) showed the cost of living index for Houston is the sixth lowest among the nation’s 20 most populous metro areas. Nationally, the cost of living is 11 percent lower and the cost of housing is 24 percent lower. The median household income is $44,648 and there is no state income tax.

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Moving to Houston with U-Pack®

Houston covers 8,778 square miles, which is slightly smaller than Massachusetts, but larger than New Jersey. If you’re moving to Houston and are unfamiliar with the area, it can be pretty intimidating at first. Why not travel in the comfort of your own vehicle and let U-Pack do the hard work for you? When you move with us, you only do the packing and loading, and we do all the driving. Here’s how moving with U-Pack works:

  • We deliver an empty moving trailer or ReloCube® to your home
  • You load your belongings
  • We drive cross country to your destination (estimated transit time of 2-5 business days)
  • You unload.

It’s that easy! With U-Pack, there are no hidden fees or charges. Get a free online moving quote today or call a U-Pack representative at [phone:number] to figure out your cost for moving to Houston.  

Station Address:
Address: 5880 Kelley St
Houston, TX 77026
United States
Phone Numbers:
Customer Service: (713) 633-5500
Fax: (713) 633-3868

If we are not able to provide door-to-door delivery to your city near Houston, TX, you can save money by loading or unloading at the service center conveniently located in Houston, TX. If you have questions about serviceability to your location, please call us at 800-240-7422, and a U-Pack Moving Consultant will gladly help.

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