Extracted from http://www.city-data.com/forum/houston/343355-if-you-left-houston-live-somewhere.html
I was offered a professional opportunity in New England and I took it. Yes, I am very happy here - I love New England. Boston has a much higher quality of life than Houston. Houstonians often brag about their comparatively low cost of living and in many ways Houston may be an easier place to live if you're middle/lower-middle income. But for those who can afford the higher cost of living in New England it is simply head and shoulders a better place to live.
I miss friends and family in Houston, some of the excellent restaurants, and unusual shopping opportunities there. I return regularly for personal and business reasons. But, otherwise, I'm not a big fan of H-town. I despised the weather, the traffic is awful, the ever-present bugs are annoying, the area is lacking in scenic beauty, nearby recreational activities are minimal, and I was a fish out of water with regards to the prevailing political and social culture.
Here in the Boston area withing two hours by car I can be at ski mountains in the winter and some of the most scenic beaches in the U.S. in the summer. Lakes and bays for swimming and boating, the Berkshire hills, the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod, quaint New England countryside, picture-postcard seashores, Normal Rockwell-like towns, a sophisticated bustling urban area, incredible American history, excellent restaurants, world-class fine arts and culture--all of these are now at my doorstep.
And the seasons. Oh, the glorious seasons! Very warm (but not too hot) summers, the world-famous autumn, spring with exploding colorful blooms, and yes, bundling up for winter (Houstonians hear their holiday music in Christmas and wish for our weather--it was SO hard to get in the holiday spirit in Houston when the mercury read 80 and I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt). The Boston area is less cold than Colorado and the Midwest during the winter, but milder in the summer than the deep south--our proximity to the ocean moderates our temperatures. Tornadoes? Never. Major flooding? Doesn't happen. Hurricanes? Very, very rarely. The only downside? Winter is not too cold, it's loo long. It's still chilly in March; it would be nice if spring arrived a month earlier. Other than that, the seasons are just spectacular.
There are some good things about Houston, and there are many places in the U.S. that are far, far worse (including some places in New England). But all in all, New England -- the Boston area in particular -- is the best best place in the U.S. to live.
“I despised the weather, the traffic is awful, the ever-present bugs are annoying, the area is lacking in scenic beauty, nearby recreational activities are minimal,”
Isnt that strange. I lived 40 miles southwest of Boston in the late 1970's and I despised the weather (my heating bill in the winter was $500 per month), thought the traffic was awful (I kept referring to rotaries as arteries partly by mistake and partly because of what they did to my blood pressure), found people to be somewhat distant (perhaps because it was a small town; more than once when someone asked where I was from and I said "Texas", he responded "that's the state that killed our President" , which pretty much put a damper on future conversation) and found the cost-of-living to be inversely proportionate to salaries, which meant that it was financially difficult to enjoy recreational activities (although Cape Cod truly is lovely) very often.
I was raised in Houston and, throughout much of my adult life, I kept trying to get away from here. Before Boston, I lived in Denver, Seattle and Texarkana (not simultaneously). All are wonderful cities/towns. Seattle was, by far, my very favorite. But no where else could I earn the salary I can in Houston. So I came back. And, once I decided to settle here, I learned to love it. In my next life, I'll live in Seattle-- but, for the rest of this one, I'm more than content here.
Credit Where Credit Is Due:
“Originally Posted by JJP
Half my family still lives in the Boston suburbs. They can have it. What good is the beach when it's too cold most of the year? And we have a house on the Cape our family has had forever, we rarely use it, just rent it out. We lose money because people would rather rent in the warm places... should have gone with Galveston instead!
And I don't have 800k for a family house up there... does that mean I'm poor? No, it means I'd rather get more in Houston for $300k, and better weather and more jobs to top it off.”
“Originally Posted by professorsenator
I'm not a big fan of H-town. I despised the weather, the traffic is awful, the ever-present bugs are annoying, the area is lacking in scenic beauty, nearby recreational activities are minimal, and I was a fish out of water with regards to the prevailing political and social culture.
But all in all, New England -- the Boston area in particular -- is the best best place in the U.S. to live.”
What a contrast between these two individuals!
[JJP] A Native Bostonian loves Houston and gives Houston credit fairly and appropriately.
Whereas [professorsenator], who knows where he is from. He moved away from houston years ago, but he cannot stop himself from bashing this city still and on a daily basis!! Strangely, he hardly posts on the Boston board.
Professorsenator, it is time to move on. Leave Houston alone. Be happy in Boston, stay there and forget Houston.