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TechSpace is no stranger to the Lone Star state, with our Austin site opening back in 2016, and we are so excited to embark into the Bayou City! Houston, the 4th largest city in the US closely following NYC, LA and Chicago, has so much in store for newcomers. The food and entertainment alone will make you want to become a Houston resident ASAP, but it does not end there! Here are the top 5 reasons why we already love working in the Bayou City.
You will NEVER go hungry while working in Houston. Unlike other cities with their own signature dishes, Houston doesn’t have just one because every dish is signature. Picture this: Kolaches in the morning, Torchy’s Tacos for lunch, barbecue brisket from The Pit Room for dinner – because in Texas, BBQ brisket is king! On a daily basis, the food options are endless. Houstonians have over 10,000 restaurants at their fingertips. And we’ve learned quickly that Tex-Mex is not just a play on words here, it’s a way of life!
There aren’t many cities that have the honor of four professional teams calling it home. The football, basketball, soccer, and baseball teams have such loyal fans in the Bayou City. However, the huge appreciation for sports in Houston would appeal to any sports buff even if you aren’t a Texans, Rockets, Dynamos or Astros fan.
Since Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the country, Houstonians welcome all fans to enjoy a cold one with a little competitive banter on the side. With almost as many sports bars as they have restaurants, who knows what team fan you may run into on any given Sunday.
Get ready to spend your first paycheck shopping til you drop at The Galleria. If not there, you have Rice Village, Memorial City Mall, Uptown Park, or the River Oaks Shopping Center to put a dent in your wallet. If you’re not a shopper – don’t you worry. You can spend the day at The Houston Zoo, located in Herman Park – which happens to be one of the most romantic places in the city. Date night anyone?
Herman Park is also great for a Sunday Funday – with paddle boating, a nice stroll through the botanical gardens and hiking trails for the nature enthusiasts. Houston is also home to The Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Both of which are extremely important to experience as a newcomer to the city. And I bet you that one visit to the Houston rodeo will change your life!
You know you’re in the right place when you live in a city with numerous nightlife options. No matter what part of Houston you work or play in, you are not far from a good time. The best part about going out in Houston is the warm weather regardless of the time of the night or the time of the year.
If you’re off of work and racking your brain about what you should do with your evening, you must explore Downtown and visit the House of Blues. Not only is the House of Blues great for local beers and live music, but they also host networking events on a weekly basis – great for someone new to the city and looking to make connections.
If a trip Downtown seems like too much of a stretch, there are amazing places in EaDo, Midtown, Montrose, Washington Avenue and Rice Village to stop in along the way. There’s nothing like having a cocktail while lounging in Capital Bar Midtown’s amazing patio, even in the middle of November.
In EaDo, Chapman and Kirby is a brand new hotspot with a wide variety of music and more patio space to enjoy all year long. Yes, Houstonians sure do love their good weather and outdoors! If you’re looking for something different, make sure you check out Kung Fu Saloon on Washington Ave. Its part dance party, part vintage arcade, with tons of drinking games and two private karaoke rooms! And yes, they also have a patio.
Cost of Living!
Anybody that has relocated to a new city understands how quickly living expenses can add up. According to The Council for Community and Economic Research Houston ranks as the sixth cheapest metro area in the nation. That is definitely something to consider when seeking out new opportunities.
For an individual that wants big city opportunities, without the big city price tag (cough, cough, LA and Chicago) Houston is perfect. The inexpensive plentiful space housing and lower cost for groceries and gas are only few of the contributing factors to the lower cost of living. In addition, there is no state income tax in Texas and no state property taxes for those interested in purchasing a new home.
Millennials certainly do appreciate more bang for their bucks, so any city that you can work, live and play in at a reasonable cost, sounds like the next big move!