Moving to the City that Never Sleeps
Moving to The Big Apple can become a life-changing experience, no matter where you’re currently living. But when moving from Texas to New York, expect that experience to be much more intense.
You’ll be moving to the Big Apple, after all! So, get ready to experience a mix of feelings like fear, excitement, and doubt while settling into your new life in this fabulous city.
As a cultural, media, and financial capital of the world, New York knows how to attract droves of people and make its citizens’ life feel wonderful and miserable at the same time. No worries though! Once you get used to the city’s fast pace, you will be able to fully enjoy all its greatness, atmosphere, and glamour. Home to more than 8.6 million people as of 2017, New York is one of the most densely populated cities in the US.
Moving from the South Central region of the country to the northeastern part of the US means the climate will be one of the major differences. Compared to Texas’ arid (west) and humid (east) weather, New York has a humid subtropical climate and a humid continental climate in its northern and western suburbs respectively. Its winters can get freezing cold, and the city receives plenty of snowfalls during this season. New York receives plenty of rainfall throughout the year as well, so carrying an umbrella with you just in case, won’t be a bad idea.
Housing and Living Costs
Housing and Living Costs in New York are much more expensive than in Texas. Nevertheless, you should expect your salary to be much higher in The Big Apple, no matter your profession. Overall, the living cost in New York is 76% more expensive than in Houston, for example. Housing costs are even more expensive. The median home cost in New York is 276% more expensive than in Houston, TX.
All that is due to NY’s high population density we mentioned earlier. Housing in New York is not only way more expensive, but it’s very hard to find. No matter which of New York’s five boroughs you pick (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island), we would recommend you to sign a short-term lease at first. This way you will give yourself time to get familiar with the city, its neighborhoods, and properly search for a place that fits your lifestyle.
Economy and employment
The global hub of business and commerce has the highest number of billionaires in the world. Mainly built on Manhattan, Long Island, and Staten Island, New York has grown as a trading port throughout the years, mostly due to its location near the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean.
When it gets to employment, you’ll find plenty of job opportunities in trade, retail, finance, transportation, banking, real estate, fashion, advertising, and many other industries. A large number of Fortune 500 corporations have their headquarters in this wonderful city. So who knows, you might get lucky and land a job in one of them.
Staying awake at all times in New York is not hard to do. There’s so much going on all day every day, and the city truly never sleeps. Your lifestyle will become busier. You’ll make new friends, meet new people. So do your best to keep your originality as well as enjoy the moment at the same time.
Besides all the touristy spots in NY, you can also visit the not-so-popular gems such as the Panorama of the City of New York, the Met Breuer, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island and other lesser-known attractions.
Moving to NY with a car
If you move to New York with a car, you will have up to 30 days to register it with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) from the moment you establish your residency. At the same time, you will have to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. Keep in mind that you are required to have a New York car insurance as NY doesn’t accept an out-of-state insurance. For more information visit the official NYSDMV website.