Moving from Tampa, FL to Houston, TX

Moving from Tampa, FL to Houston, TX

Moving clear across the Gulf of Mexico to a Texas city that is six times bigger than Tampa will ultimately give you the best of both worlds: that same big city feel will remain, amplified to the max, and the water will still be very close by. While Tampa is the third largest city in Florida with a population close to 335,709, Houston ranks first in Texas and fourth in the nation with a population of 2.1 million. Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest research and healthcare institution conglomerate, as well as the Johnson Space Center of NASA, best known for housing Mission Control Center. Houston is a global city and is only beat by New York City in hosting the most Fortune 500 HQs, including energy, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, oilfield equipment, and aeronautics industries. Houston is also within close proximity to several other major Texas cities, including San Antonio and Austin only three hours away, and Galveston, Beaumont, and Pasadena each less than an hour and a half drive away. That perfect Florida weather is hard to beat, but everything is bigger, and maybe better in Houston.

What you can expect from a move from Tampa to Houston

981 miles (almost 16 hours) is the distance between Houston and Tampa. The move to Houston will allow you to pass through Tallahassee, FL, Mobile, AL, Gulfport, MS, Lake Charles, LA, and Beaumont, TX.

The weather in Houston

Tampa and Houston are  both classified by humid subtropical climates. In fact, the two cities are practically parallels, both having humid summers up in the mid-90s and mild winters. The good news is that it rains half as much in Houston during the summer as it does in Tampa; the result is a great decrease in leftover Gulf humidity, something you’re probably used to!

Getting around in Houston

The METRO system of buses, light rail, and lift vans makes daily Houston transit quick and convenient. METRO operates 132 bus routes and a single Red Line light rail, with 9,960 stops altogether. The convenient METRO Q® Fare Card acts as a loadable debit card for regular riders, otherwise rides amount to $1.25 each for any service.

Getting an education 

If you have school-age children in the Tampa public school system, the transition to the Houston Independent School District should prove to be effortless. HISD is one of seventeen school districts in Houston, and manages 112 campuses (with Magnet programs). 300 private schools are also within the city.

Dining and Entertainment 

The Bombay Pizza Co. is just one of the local favorites you’ll certainly want to try out after your move. Local enthusiastic reviewers would also recommend The Breakfast Klub and Niko Niko’s Greek & American Café in a heartbeat, each providing premier dining for Houston residents. The Theater District, NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the Galleria mall, SplashTown Waterpark Houston, and the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park are great places to have fun in Houston.

Welcome to Houston, a.k.a “Space City”!

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