The cost of living in the Houston area is much lower than most other major cities. I appreciate the fact I can get excellent medical care, a lovely home for little cost, and decent weather much of the year. I've lived in New York, San Francisco and overseas in London, England as well so I thought Houston would be similiar, I could not have been more wrong. Houston is not a major city to me, its just an overgrown small town with lots of cars and people. On the budget its been great, on making a life here it has fallen short on many levels.