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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 3.7    Calmness: 2.9    Helpfulness: 3.7   
Intellectualness: 3.3    Neatness: 3.0    Outgoingness: 3.5   
Average Resident Personality Test Scores:
Artisticness: 3.04    Calmness: 3.08    Helpfulness: 2.93   
Intellectualness: 3.25    Neatness: 3.24    Outgoingness: 3.22   


Name: | Age: 27 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 77027 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2005-08-31
Artisticness: 2   Calmness: 2   Helpfulness: 4   Intelligence: 2   Neatness: 5   Outgoingness: 3   
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What do you like about Houston? The interesting people and small shops/businesses in the Montrose area, lots of festivals, interesting museums, and cultural diversity. I love the Japanese gardens in Hermann Park.

What do you dislike about Houston? Drivers are incredibly rude and reckless here. The weather can be unbearably hot and humid. There is no reliable public transportation system - owning a car is absolutely necessary. The live music scene here is lacking.

What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in? Aforementioned Montrose area. Definitely more interesting than the bland, soulless suburbs.

How expensive is it? Not very expensive, compared to other major cities.

Is it safe? Like any other major city, it depends on what area of town you're in. I'd say it's reasonably safe, overall.

How is the weather? There are only two real seasons here: 1) Terribly hot and humid, 2) Cooler. No real winter, and spring is very short.

Additional thoughts? If you're an artsy type, try Austin instead. I don't know why anyone who wasn't born here would live here or visit.

Name: | Age: 53 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 77325 | Resident for: 5-10 years | Added on: 2007-09-30
Artisticness: 2   Calmness: 4   Helpfulness: 3   Intelligence: 2   Neatness: 2   Outgoingness: 3   
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What do you like about Houston?
1. Wonderful weather from mid-Sept. to mid-May.
When we first moved here, the summers seemed horribly oppressive--hot and humid. But then, we were so delighted by the winters, that we quickly considered the summers worth it. Actually, the temperatures are not that high, but the humidity is, which makes the summers unbearable without air-conditioning. You must have air-conditioning, but you could almost do without heat! So, utilities average out. We hated the summers at first, but then we began to realize the thing to do was to just "go with the flow." Summer is the time to stay indoors with the AC or go swimming. The suburb where we live, Kingwood, has neighborhood swimming pools that are for residents only. The rest of the year is the time to get outdoors! Winter? What winter? All the "bad" weather is in those humid summer months. The rest is delightful. Consequently, the total amount of "bad" weather is much less than in other parts of the country because you only have the hot/humid summer months of June, July, and August. There is no cold weather to speak of. With luck, there will be a couple of days when the overnight lows dip to freezing, but the days are comfortable. People here wear sandals and capris most of the year. It's that pleasant. Summers are not that bad if you think of them as your "winter" months when you stay inside.

2. Well-designed suburbs.
--We live in Kingwood, which is a suburb located next to Lake Houston in the far northeast of Houston. When we first moved here, we hated it. We had been living in Ann Arbor Michigan, which we loved, but the research center where my husband worked was closed down. We wanted to move back to the South, but Houston was not what we hand in mind. We wanted another university town, but this job was too good to pass up. We moved here with the plan to leave in five years, and move to a smaller university town, which we are getting ready to do. But, we have grown to like many things about Houston. At first, the extensive housing developments seemed strange, but after a while, you begin to appreciate how well thought out most of them are. When new, of course, they look "cookie-cutter." But over time, people begin to express their own personalities in the way their houses and yards look. Once you're in your neighborhood, you get to know your neighbors and in our area, we have an extensive greenbelt system. People go walking a lot--especially walking dogs--and it is a good way to meet your neighbors. There are still things I don't like, but over the last few years, more interesting stores and restaurants have gone in, with more being constructed. Many restaurants now have outdoor eating areas. As for shopping, it's fairly easy to find most of the standard stores you'll want. For specialty shopping, you'll want to go to one of the better shopping centers--Rice Village, Galleria, The Woodlands, etc.

What do you dislike about Houston?

1. For metro-Houston (including the areas just outside of Houston proper) there is shocking poverty in areas east of I-45--whites, blacks, and Hispanic. There are some really depressing and ugly areas of Houston.
2. Sprawl. It can take forever to get across Houston.
3. Overuse of stoplights for traffic control. Many unnecessary turn lights rather than alternative routing for left turns like they do in Ann Arbor (“Michigan left turn”).
4. The population density feels oppressive. Houston metro. is the fourth largest metropolitan area of the U.S. and Harris county has greater population than many states. Some parts of Houston have horrendous traffic problems, which are compounded by the overuse of traffic lights and the failure to synchronize them.
5. Humidity in the summer (warm air off the ocean with no breeze).

What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in? Museum district, West University, Rice Village area, The Woodlands.

How expensive is it? Cheaper per square foot than other areas of the nation, but most people still buy the biggest house that they can afford for their income.
Is it safe? Depends on what area of Houston you're talking about. Some are very safe, others are more dangerous. Information can be found at Houston Chronicle web site.
How is the weather? Wonderful from Sept/Oct to May. Hot and humid from June to Aug/Sept.
Additional thoughts? Houston is a "sleeper." There's more here than first meets the eye. We've got a great mayor for the time being. Unless you move “inside the loop” (pricey) housing choices for most people will be one of the many planned communities/suburbs. You can check out these suburbs by doing searches for “Kingwood,” “The Woodlands,” “Sugar Land.” Also you can check out Houston Real Estate through the web site: Har.com. There you can do free searches of the Real Estate MLS and you can learn about the various neighborhoods.

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