The humidity is crazy as mentioned above, and people here are not use to severe cold it is worth repeating that the majority do not know how to drive in icy conditions. The weather that we will cancel school for would make you laugh, but it seldom happens here so it's understandable. If your husband gets a job in the Houston area I would look close by so that his commute will not be too bad. My husband and I use to live in a town home over by the Houston zoo, and we loved biking along the bayou and there are plenty of parks, etc to find throughout the Houston area. I grew up North of Houston, Spring area... have lots of info on The Woodlands and surrounding areas if you want more details on the North side. Still, you should consider your options within a range of your husbands employment, because spending up to two hours on the drive home is non-sense. Perhaps rent first, then determine where to settle down. Right now we live in the conroe/magnolia area in a new neighborhood that we really enjoy. We have a huge yard and there are several young families like ours, which is what was important for us. We have young kids and wanted the space that our city location did not offer. We go out on bike rides, fishing, boating, nature trails, dirt bike tracks, to pumpkin farms and xmas tree farms, and several local farms that let you pick the type of berries they grow, then you go home and make blackberry muffins, cobbler, smoothies... and still you have tons to freeze. My husband is an avid fly fisherman and I have a jeep and love to find places to play in the the dirt... so there is a lot to do. Now I will admit I am envious of places that have lower humidity and mountains... but we take vacations and head to the mountains for cooler weather and different activities, so it balances out. I don't mind answering specific questions if you would like to message me. The right location for you really depends on your priorities, and interests. In general if you go outside the city you can get a better deal on a house, larger yard, more square footage at a better price. The cost of living here is nice compared to many other large cities and as mentioned above our gas prices are not too bad, b/c many of the processing plants are nearby. I know some people in the Katy area, it is nice as well and is close to the city too. You will have plenty of aquarium stores to visit where ever you go so I'd narrow down which area around/in Houston you are looking at and then go from there.