Well clearly I’m biased, but I’ll share some of my thoughts. I grew up here, left for 7 years for college and work and ended up back for a job. I’ve traveled quite a bit so I’ve seen a lot of cities and I personally think that Houston has a lot to offer, but like everywhere, it’s not for everyone.
A lot of people that I know here are transplants, FI included, and say they thought they would hate Houston but now love it. I hear this all the time, and I know a lot of people that moved here to make a career, intended to stay a few years, and here they are 25 years later.
Pros: Something for everyone. Theater, pro sports, parks, beach, not too far from the hill country if you’re into outdoors stuff like camping, mtn biking, etc. There’s concerts, bars and the food is pretty incredible. Housing is cheap for a big city so you can afford to live closer in. Tons of jobs and room for career growth. People are friendly and we love showing new people around town. The winters are amazing. We may get one to two freezing days each year. Today it was in the 70s and I played golf this morning in shorts. Can’t beat that, if you’re looking for ‘warm’ as a criteria! Also, if you’re looking to get your grad degree there are some great universities here and many of the companies hiring right now will pay part of your tuition.
Cons: Hands down the traffic is the worst part of the city. For this reason, you would have to be careful about where you both work and live – you don’t want offices on the opposite end of town because one of you will get screwed on the commute. The summers are hot, but more so they are just long and humid. I’d take that over the cold winters though so that’s a personal preference. It can be a little ‘concrete jungle’ in certain areas. Meaning, it’s flat and not a lot of natural beauty. I would say to pay careful attention to where these companies are located. Assuming that you are young and looking to start off somewhere with FI, you may not be as happy in areas such as the Woodlands, Spring, Cypress etc. Those are more suburban and great places to raise kids, but I know a lot of 20 and 30-sometimes out in those areas that are bored to tears. It’s really not the same to move to The Woodlands as it is to move to Houston.
I don’t know what your degree is in, but if you are in engineering or business you can expect a decent amount of money to come work in the energy or medical industry. There are so many jobs!
Anyway, now that I’ve written a novel, feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions I can help with 🙂