touch, on 08 June 2017 - 12:12 PM, said:
JMG_02, on 07 June 2017 - 09:25 AM, said:
As a native Texas, stay away from Houston. I wouldn't live in that city except under extreme circumstances. As others have said, the humidity is downright ridiculous. I'm talking about walking outside in December and your glasses fog up and it feels like you just walked into a bathroom that you wife just used up all the hot water in an hour long shower.
Yes, it gets hot. Really hot.
The hill country is pretty popular now (relatively low humidity and great weather just about all year). San Antonio and west of there. Austin is great as previously mentioned.
I have heard the anywhere in the greater Houston area, you go outdoors and can smell a faint petroleum odor due to the refineries.
I agree JMG 02, Houston is one of the most oppressive places for heat and humidity. Like New Orleans.
To your question, not really. If you are in Baytown (my hometown and where I still unfortunately live), Pasadena, Deer Park, Laporte, etc (basically east and southeast side of town), yes if you're not from here you will smell it. I've lived here for 35 of my 36 years, and I don't smell it, but that's because I live in it every day. It's not necessarily a petroleum smell, just that refinery smell. Hard to explain unless you've smelled it, but when you do, it's not overly pleasant.
Houston is hot and humid, just like New Orleans, or anywhere along the upper gulf coast (never been to south florida, so I cant compare, but I've been all over the gulf coast from Houston to Panama City, FL). It can be quite oppressive if you are not accustomed to it, but much like the smell and refineries, it is just part of life for me and it doesn't bother me in the slightest. At times, during the summer when the wind blows, it feels like you are standing in front of an iron with the steamer on. The air is hot and damp.
If heat and humidity doesn't bother you though, the Houston area is a great place to be. The cost of living is amongst the most affordable in the nation, and it is easy to make plenty of money to live a very comfortable life. I never finished college, have never set foot in a plant, ad make a great living for this area. If you are willing to work in a plant, you can make 6 figures working 6 months out of the year (most do 4 on/4 off rotating between days and nights). If you can make $100,000 in the Houston area, it would take probably $400,000-$500,000 in Cali to live a comparable lifestyle (I spent a lot of time in Orange county, and almost moved there, so I do have an idea). To give you an idea, I had a 1400 sq/ft house on 1/2 acre that I paid $135k for. A comparable home in Orange County (house size anyway, 1/2 acre lots are few and far between unless you are in the hills in a multi million dollar mansion) would cost you $700k-$800k. I looked at a 400 sq/ft studio condo in HB and it was $495k.
Most people that retire from the refineries around here do so very wealthy, as most of them have stock options and pension plans. Half of my family works for, or retired from Exxon (which is in Baytown), and they are all more than comfortable.
And there is a bit of an exaggeration in JMG_02's post. There have been plenty of times we have "shorts weather" in December, but it's typically not THAT hot then. usually, December is anywhere from 30-70 degrees. With the oppressive heat and humidity, also comes humid winters though. So, while 30 degrees in Colorado or Minnesota, or some other state that does not know the definition of humidity is comfortable, here it will make you miserable. The cold damp air is brutal. Add any kind of breeze to that, and it is downright miserable. It cuts through anything and everything you wear. It feels colder here at 30 degrees than it was when I lived in New Jersey and it was single digit temps and snowing.