Houston wages sure do seem higher than the Fort Worth area...seems the farther south you go in Texas ( metro areas) the better the wages are. When I look at national averages Fort Worth is average, Houston seems quite a bit higher.
And yes, the cost of housing, food, gas etc here is quite reasonable. We also do not have a state income tax here...so it was a nice break for me to migrate from Mn, get a raise, and to pay 1/3 less income taxes each year.
Agree that the illegals and migrants definitely place stress on our healthcare system (also educational system, etc.)and may account for some of the higher wage. I suspect another reason the wages are a bit higher here is to discourage any union activity...Texas (and the south in general) is very anti union.
I do miss a 'White Christmas', and the summers are killers here. I've raised my son down here in Texas and I gotta say we've had a pretty good life here overall.