Frequently Asked Questions about Houston

Expats planning to move to Houston often have all sorts of questions, particularly about schools and the best areas to live. Read on for the most frequently asked questions about living in Houston.

What are the best public school districts in Houston? 

Houston has several school districts, each with a number of elementary, middle and high school options. While many expats will insist that Katy, Pearland, Cy-Fair, Klein, Spring Branch and Fort Bend are some of the best districts, it’s important to keep in mind that certain schools in reputable districts may have poor performance records, and certain schools in districts with a less than perfect reputation may have exceptional performance records. For this reason, it’s highly advised that expats do their research on districts in general, but also to take the time to suss out individual educational institutions. 

What is the cost of living in Houston?

The cost of living in NYC, LA and Chicago are significantly higher than living in Houston. The primary reason the cost of living in Houston is lower is that the cost of accommodation in the city is so affordable. Obviously, there are options that are both lower and higher than this – depending on the level of luxury and the size of the space an expat will be renting. Additionally, petrol is cheap in this Texan energy capital, and food is also priced lower than the national average.

What are the best neighbourhoods to live in?

A difficult question that begs a difficult answer. Different neighbourhoods are “best” for different people, depending on priorities, the desired proximity to certain places and budget.

For the young, single professional, it might be best to live somewhere in central Houston. Montrose is known for its pedestrian-friendly nature and its eclectic creative spirit; Midtown is ideal for anyone involved in the medical community, or working at the Texas Medical Center; Houston Heights is one of the city’s earliest residential communities, and is now filled with great nightlife venues and an assortment of subdivisions.

For the expat family, it may be better to live just outside of central Houston, in one of the many areas known for high levels of safety and exemplary school districts. Sugarland was voted one of the best places to live in the US in 2006, and has good schools, safe parks and lots of family-oriented activities. Katy is also a firm favourite, as well as Woodlands or Kingwood.