|Date Posted||February 22, 2021|
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Planning a move to Texas? You’re not alone. The Lone Star State is the second most populous state in the country – and it’s easy to see why. The warm weather, diverse population and melting pot of cultures attract numerous people each year. In fact, according to the Texas Tribune, the state is currently growing at a rate of 1,000 people per day. Texas’s vast terrain, which spreads over 1,000 miles from north to south, is home to a number of different cities and regions to call home. From the glitz and glam of downtown Dallas to the quintessential Texas rodeos of San Antonio, there’s something for everyone in this All-American state. Not convinced Texas is for you? Here are 10 reasons why moving to Texas is a great idea.
10 reasons to move to Texas
The Texas economy is booming
The State of Texas is home to one of the healthiest state economies in the country. In fact, WalletHub ranks Texas as having the 12th best state economy based on GDP growth, startup activity, jobs in high-tech industries and more. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas produces nine percent of the U.S. GDP, second only to California. Job seekers should be able to find plenty of employment throughout the state as well. The Dallas Morning News claims that the Texas economy added almost 1,000 jobs a day in 2019. Its diverse workforce is currently made up of 13 million people and growing.
The sports culture is fantastic
On any given weekend, you’ll find crowds of Texans at sports bars and in the stadiums rooting for their favorite team. Given that it’s such a large state, residents of the Lone Star State have plenty of well-loved teams to cheer for throughout the year. Several of the most popular professional teams in Texas include the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros, Houston Texans, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and San Antonio Spurs – among others.
You can actually afford to buy a home in Texas
Frustrated by the absurdly expensive housing prices in many of America’s most popular cities? Move to Texas, and you’ll be able to find plenty of affordable homes in and around major cities. In fact, many of the best places to live in Texas are also relatively affordable compared to other large and thriving cities around the country. For instance, the median listing home price in San Antonio, one of the most popular cities in Texas, is just $243,300. In Plano, where schools are top-notch, the median listing home price is $375,000. In Houston, a city with numerous job opportunities, the median listing home price is $289,900. For a look at other fantastic (and affordable) places to live in Texas, check here.
You won’t have to pay state income tax
There’s no doubt about it – Texas is one of the most tax-friendly states in the country. In addition to Texas’s low cost of living and affordable cities, the state doesn’t require that residents pay taxes on their personal income. This lack of state income tax enables Texans to save their hard-earned money for retirement, school tuition, vacations and other expenses.
There are plenty of safe cities and suburbs to call home
Are safety and security at the top of your priority list? Then Texas may be the right place for you. In fact, many of Texas’s cities and suburbs are exceptionally safe and family-friendly. According to the Houston Chronicle, the safest cities in the state are Plano, League City, Rowlett, Frisco, Sugar Land, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Mansfield, Georgetown, Allen and Flower Mound.
The educational opportunities are top-notch
There’s no shortage of educational opportunities in Texas. According to U.S. News & World Report, two of the most popular public universities – the University of Texas—Austin and Texas A&M University – are also two of the largest in the country. Both schools enroll around 40,000 undergrad students. Texas is also home to a number of highly-rated midsize colleges and private universities. According to Niche.com, several of the best public school districts in Texas include Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, South Texas Independent School District in Mercedes, Highland Park Independent School District in Dallas, and Coppell Independent School District in Coppell.
The food and drink are second to none
While Texas’s iconic fare may not be the healthiest, it’s certainly the tastiest. The Lone Star State is famous for its barbecue and beef brisket, chili, Tex-Mex dishes (chile con queso, anyone?), margaritas, Frito pie, Dr. Pepper, Shiner Boch beer and a number of other food and drink options. Trust us – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a state with better, more eclectic food options than the Great State of Texas.
The culture is one of the most unique in the country
You know what they say: “everything’s bigger in Texas” – including its culture. In fact, ask anyone from the Lone Star State, and they’ll tell you that Texas is practically its own country. Everything from the cowboy boots, Country music and rodeos to the tacos, square dancing and football tailgates make Texas one of the most unique states in America. In addition, Texas has an exceptionally vibrant arts and entertainment scene, with a number of festivals, concerts and theaters throughout the state.
It’s one of the most diverse places to live
According to WalletHub, Texas is the second most diverse state in the nation. The study also ranked Texas fourth for “Most Racial and Ethnic Diversity”, third for “Most Linguistic Diversity” and first for “Most Industry Diversity.” The state’s wide-range of companies and job offerings are part of the reason it attracts a diverse group of newcomers each year. In fact, according to Hotels.com, Houston is the most diverse city in America, thanks to its university campuses and many tech jobs.
There’s no shortage of things to see and do
With so much to see and do in Texas, you’ll never be bored. The state is home a number of popular cultural attractions, including Big Ben National Park, The Alamo, Johnson Space Center, the San Antonio River Walk and the USS Lexington Corpus Christi. In addition, Texas’s major cities (think: Austin, Dallas and Houston) are all home to many of the best restaurants, shopping and cultural offerings you’ll find anywhere.