The cost of living is low considering it is the 4th largest city in the country. Highways are always under construction especially right now "I10".
But being the 4th largest city there is always something going on.
The weather is very humid very similiar to Miami without the breeze, almost never snows and only drops into the 30's once or twice a year. August is so hot its almost unbearable.
Lived here 40+ years wouldnt live anywhere else.
Oh yeah there is pretty much year round boating if you dont mind wearing a coat.