I was just wondering if anyone lives in Houston, TX because I'm considering applying for some teaching positions there. I just got laid off for the 2009/2010 school year. I'm in Tucson right now. My husband and I have been considering moving out of Tucson for quite some time now. I've been in Houston, but only briefly. Things that are appealing in no particular order: bodies of water (something I really miss), culture, lower cost of living (compared to Tucson and many other places), decent salaries (definitely higher than Tucson), stuff to do, parks and outdoor recreation, weather, variety of restaurants, fairly close to a beach. We have no kids, just dogs. I would not move without a job, of course. My husband is from Brazil and there seems to be a decent Brazilian community there, at least from searching on the web. I'm from NJ, where we met. I don't mind humidity, I don't mind being in a large city - in fact I really miss NYC and Philly. I know that the crime rate is high, but Tucson is much smaller and has just as high of a crime rate. I'm trying to do a lot of research and I would go visit again before making a decision. It is always nice to hear some opinions from others who already live there - good and bad. Does is smell like oil like some parts of Texas? I don't recall smelling oil, but I definitely remember some other parts of TX smelling pretty bad. How is the air pollution nowadays? Thanks!