20 Reasons to Move to Texas
By: Martha Buckly, Guest Contributor*
The Lone Star State is home to half of the ten fastest-growing cities in the United States, according to new numbers. Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth all made the list. Much of this increase can be attributed to a higher birth rate, but Texas also leads the way when it comes to new arrivals. Why are so many people moving to Texas? There are many reasons, but for brevity’s sake, here are the top twenty.
The recent oil boom helped turn Texas into an economic dreadnought. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, four of the top 10 metropolitan areas for job growth are located in the Lone Star State. In addition to oil and other kinds of energy, Texas is also home to a large and growing tech industry. It is no wonder Texas has an unemployment rate of just 6.4 percent, which is well below the national average of 7.6 percent.
As energy and food costs continue to rise, families need to stretch every dollar as far as they possibly can. Texas is famous for its low consumer prices, which include housing, transportation, utilities, and food costs.
3. You’re middle class
In many regions of the country, the middle class is rapidly losing ground, forcing them to move out of these areas and into more affordable environs. And where do they go when they have to pick up stakes? To Texas of course! A middle class family, whether blue or white-collar, can lead a fairly comfortable life in the Lone Star State.
Because land is plentiful and construction costs are low, home prices are much lower in Texas than the national average. It is also much cheaper and easier to obtain building permits there than in most other states.
5. No state taxes
Texas is one of just seven U.S. states that have no personal state income taxes. This makes life a lot easier for families and individuals of all income levels.
6. You’re a business owner
Long seen as a business-friendly state, Texas has lured hundreds of thousands of business owners in with attractive tax incentives in recent years, many from nearby states like California that have be raising taxes on companies at an unprecedented pace.
As the second-largest state in America, Texas is home to six of the country’s largest cities and countless small towns and medium-size suburbs. In other words, it has something for everyone.
If you’re a meat lover, there’s no better state to move to than Texas. Home to an enormous cattle industry, steaks and other assorted cuts of meat are not only less expensive, they’re also a lot fresher than those outsiders enjoy.
The Lone Star State boasts nearly year-round warm weather, which means you can put in a pool and enjoy it for most of the year.
Since housing costs are so low, Texans are less likely to rent for protracted periods of time. Many of them buy and become homeowners much earlier than Americans in other regions, which give them the option of starting a family a bit earlier as well. The mortgage costs are low, the schools are mostly good, and the crime rate is below the national average.
11. Less regulation
Most major U.S. cities have been paralyzed by rules, restrictions, and laws that affect both businesses and individuals. Just try to get a parking space in New York City…you need a law degree from Harvard to figure it out! But Texas embraces a live and let live, laissez-faire approach.
12. Texans are regular people
Practical, unpretentious, and down-to-earth are probably the three adjectives that best describe Texans. This is a refreshing change for most newcomers, who often grow tired of people who put on airs, especially as they age.
13. Texans are happy right where they are
According to numerous surveys and polls, residents of Texas are less likely to move than residents of most other states. And it doesn’t even matter if they were born there or not!
14. State costs are under control
At a time when most large states are having a devil of a time balancing their books, Texas has a strong budget surplus.
With rich soil and balmy weather, Texas is a national leader in agriculture, including citrus fruits, which are harvested primarily in the southern region of the state.
16. A young population
Want an adventure one will never forget? Try working for a summer on a cattle ranch in Texas or at an oil refinery. The pay is great and there are lots of young people like you looking for action and experience in the Lone Star State.
17. Weak unions
Wherever you might sit or stand politically, Texas has always been unfriendly to unions, which is generally good for large businesses. They can negotiate favorable deals without having to submit to oppressive rules and regulations.
18. Personal freedom
Unlike many other states, workers cannot be forced to join unions in Texas. This can redound to the benefit of the worker if he/she has a good relationship with their employer.
As you might expect in a state this large, Texas is home to many world-class colleges and universities, including Rice University, the University of Texas, Baylor, and Texas A & M, just to name a few.
20. You own a gun
Once again, this is a sensitive political issue, but most Texans are strong supporters of the Second Amendment. As a result, it is relatively easy for a law-abiding citizen to get a license or permit to own a gun in Texas.
*Martha is professional blogger and writer; she loves her job and she cannot live without writing. She is currently collaborating with few article writing services. If you like this post follow her on Google+
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