The ongoing slump in oil prices, and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs, has also presented an opportunity for people to start their own business.
But a low cost of living and a growing population has long made Houston a good place for entrepreneurs to strike out on their own.
In West Houston, Don and Johanna Russell have followed their passion for music and now pass it along to students.
After years of performing in their own bands and playing in clubs, they say the lifestyle got old. Ten years ago, they opened Russell Music: opening the door to their home and teaching students how to sing, play and perform.
“What else are we going to do?,” says Johanna, “We’re musicians!”
Now there are 50 students that fill the week with music. Among them, 14-year-old Katelyn Youngjohn wants to be in her own rock & roll band and loves the school’s environment, “When I play music, it's like an outlet. You can express yourself and do whatever you want.”
For the Russells, the sound of music is the reward that makes it worthwhile.
“They practice, they come and they conquer,” says Don, “That right there is amazing to me.”