Welcome to Houston, and the expat community dedicated to supporting you as you relocate to one of America's biggest and most multicultural cities. We have amassed a comprehensive library of resources containing a wealth of advice, information, and insider tips, from making the move to driving in the USA. Your InterNations account will help you find the answers to questions like, "how do I obtain a work visa?" and "should I live inside or outside of the Loop?" or "which is the best school for our children?". We also encourage you to visit our forum where other expats living in Houston are happy to share their experiences on all aspects of daily life, from directing you to the best theater to giving you advice on beating the heat. If you have more general questions, feel free to post them in our global forum to reach a broader audience! We know that relocation can be daunting, but we hope our community will take away your worries, leaving nothing but excitement as you prepare for your new adventure. So get ready to make your move and make the most of it with our Houston Community!
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Houston is the fourth major metropolis of the USA with more than 6 million of people. This Texan city is very diverse culturally due to its nearness to Mexico and the ethnically richness of its population. There is large Latino population, so it is no surprise that Spanish is widely spoken in Houston. In this cosmopolitan city full of great attractions, one of the most prominent Houston's features that culture and theater enthusiasts will find is the performing arts scene which is active year round. Another highlight is the museum district, giving a European touch to this Texan city. Waiting to be discovered are the astonishing sights at the Space Center Houston and Lyndon B Johnson Space Center, masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts, and a huge number of exhibits at the impressive Natural History Museum. Take a day out to explore the Houston Zoo or one of the many parks, or take in a baseball game at the Astrodome. In terms of entertainment and lively nights out, there are limitless choices but we certainly encourage you visit Bayou Place for cinemas theaters within one shining neon complex. You can furthermore look forward to various types of bars as well as restaurants with international and local Texan cuisine blended with Mexican flavors. As a technology hub and center for energy, Houston's main industries are oil, gas, and associated industries such as manufacturing, mining, petrochemicals, research, and marketing. The city is also host to 24 fortune 500 companies, making the services industry the number one employer by a slim margin. Expats needn't worry about finding career opportunities; as the fifth-largest city in the US, there are a diverse range of job paths to follow, from petroleum, IT and construction to hospitality and beauty. Finding a home in Houston can be intimidating; the choice of Houston proper, the metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs provide a huge geographical area to explore; read our guide articles for more detailed information on finding a realtor or choosing the right school for your child. Expats moving to Houston will, however, find an appealing and affordable quality of life as well as an excellent city infrastructure. Houston also has great medical centers along with large schools districts and international schools for your convenience and your necessities. In contrast, the local public transportation system cannot impress with a big, efficient network, so expats typically drive their own cars in order to move around more. Another challenging issue for expats may be that it takes a while to get used the high temperatures that can be experienced during the summer months between June and August. Fortunately, air-conditioned places are found everywhere, from homes, to banks and offices in general.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Khobar (Eastern Prov.) or Shanghai, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
Socializing is important too, and we warmly invite you to attend one of our regular events to meet fellow expats in person and build a social network in Houston. You'll also find like-minded expats in our many groups where dance, wine, karaoke, volleyball, and professional networking are just a few of the interests shared in our safe and secure community. Join InterNations' Houston Community and make the most of your new expat life in this exciting Texan city!