New York is horribly crowded with a poulation density of 26,403 people per square mile. Houston is much more comfortable at 3,371 people per square mile.I’m sure some Yankee will come along and make the argument for New York, so I’ll make the argument for Houston. Houston is the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the United States
New York vs Houston Live
SourceYou can walk to most places. If it’s slightly far away, you can take the subway. If it’s really out of the way, there are taxis everywhere.
The city does sleep, but it sleeps pretty late. There’s always places to go and things to do because it’s such a cultural center. Every week there are pop-up shops and cool events. Also, if a company is looking to advertise, they are doing it in NYC – free stuff!
Houston is the number one city for job creation in the United StatesPeople don’t talk about this enough. The winters and summers are long in New York. The winters are cold and the summers are hot – to an extreme degree. And because people generally don’t own cars, you will have to take the brunt of the weather. And yes, you best bring bottles of water if you’re going to be waiting for the subway in the summertime.
You will inevitably wait for everything. There are too many people packed in too few square miles. Every free event comes with a line that stretches a few blocks. Every bar is miraculously full despite there being so many bars in Manhattan.
There is still residual pollution from Industrial Revolution days and the lack of trees. Expect dry eyes and a surprisingly frequent waft of weed.
High standard of living. Sure there are cheap things to do in New York, and that’s part of the draw. But you’re going to want to maximize the city tax and the rent that you are paying – so you’ll want to do some of those “only in New York” activities (e.g. Broadway) that are insanely expensive. Plus, don’t forgot you’re living in a tiny apartment and paying $1-3k a month! Trying to save money by cooking? Well, you can really only shop at Trader Joe’s, Fairfield, and Whole Foods (unless you’re like me and trek to Chinatown each week), so you’re not really saving that much money. Might as well eat halal every day.