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Moving to Houston? You’re not alone. The metro area of this southern city grew by over one million people from 2010 to 2019. That’s a growth rate of over 18%! Even if you’ve visited before, you may not be aware of some of the finer points of this thriving city. Consider visiting these hidden gems before (or after) the big move.
One of the most exciting ways to explore the vibrant downtown area is through the series of over six miles of pedestrian walkways running more than 20 feet below the streets’ surfaces. What started out as a tunnel connection between two theaters is now a way to get from your bank and shops to parking garages, all without the hassle of waiting for crosswalk lights. Even better, you no longer have to put off shopping and dining due to bad weather!
There are over 90 languages spoken throughout Houston. With so much cultural sharing, the food, art, and music scenes have exploded in a unique way.
While you’re shopping, consider visiting one of the biggest indoor malls in the country. The Galleria is Texas’ largest shopping mecca with over 400 stores and 60 eateries. You can also buy from some of the most glamorous brands around, all in one place. If you like your Gucci and Prada, but want to dine on the tasty local barbecue, you can’t go wrong with this retail paradise.
Whether you’re coming down with a sniffle or need a life-saving transplant, you won’t have to travel far to get world-class treatment. Texas Medical Center is the world’s largest medical complex and partners with bright minds from some of the best universities, such as Rice University and the University of Houston. Over 1,400 acres of cutting-edge tech and personalized service are located right in your backyard, offering peace of mind for all your health concerns.
Many cities claim to be a home for every culture, but no one does it quite like Houston. Reported to be the most diverse city in the U.S. (even beating out New York City), this metro has the second-largest Vietnamese community in the country, among many other ethnic communities. There are over 90 languages spoken throughout Houston. With so much cultural sharing, the food, art, and music scenes have exploded in a unique way.
If you have a student enrolled in the Houston public school system, you can check buying breakfast off your list this year. Houston has taken a very proactive approach to ensure that all kids get their first meal of the day free, and the city is working to squeeze complimentary lunches into the budget, as well.
Whether you’ve always dreamed of becoming an astronaut or just want to see the stars from a safe distance, NASA’s Space Center Houston is an astronomical favorite! View full-sized rockets, learn about mission control, and check out rocks that have been to the great beyond and back. This all-ages attraction is as much about imagination as it is about education.
One of the more recent trends to take the Houston area by storm is drive-thru liquor. Order margaritas and drinks at many restaurants without ever leaving your car. This way of snagging an adult beverage isn’t very common in the rest of the country. Restaurant owners remind people to drink responsibly, and ask that you have a friend take the wheel or save your drink until you get home.
There’s plenty of good news for those moving to Houston, and thriving tech, medical, and art communities have ensured that the city changes and grows faster every day. If you’re looking for a stable economy with access to the “next big thing,” you will enjoy your new home in this Texas city!