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Are You Moving To Texas?

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Are you thinking about moving to Texas?

You’re in good company.

Many Americans, and people from all over the world, are coming here.

You’ll find that though the Lone Star State does have flaws – life here is good.

Here are a few reasons why you should be moving to Texas:

1) Better Jobs

Texas is an economic juggernaut – it leads the country in job creation.

As of this writing, Texas has around 8.5 percent of America’s population. But from June 2009 to June 2011, it created around 43 percent of all new jobs in the United States. [1][2] The unemployment rate in Texas is currently around 6.5 percent.

2) Energy Boom

Texas is famous for its oil and gas industry.

It’s a big reason why so many people are moving to Texas.

Houston is widely regarded as the energy capital of the world.

And, the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas is one of the most productive oil and gas fields in the country. It has massive potential reserves. Texas allows fracking and drilling for oil. This leads to more energy production. So now, the state is the 11th largest oil producer on the planet. [3]

And did you know that Texas has its own separate power grid? It’s true – and it’s a good thing for consumers. That’s partly why Texas has electricity deregulation, which allows people to shop around and compare electric rates!

3) Diverse Economy

Texas is more than just oil and gas. 52 Fortune 500 Companies are headquartered here.

Industries include technology, tourism, manufacturing, agriculture, and financial services, among others. The state economy is consistent, diverse, and has staying power. Performance is largely driven by 5 thriving metro areas.

Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, and El Paso all lead the country in job creation and population growth. [4]

4) Better Laws & Fair Courts

Texas enacted tort reform and cut back on trial lawyer activity. That cut down on frivolous lawsuits, creating a more business-friendly climate. By law, the Texas State Legislature can meet only twice a year. This keeps them from passing too many laws. And fewer laws means more freedom. As a result, business regulation is lighter. It’s easy and inexpensive to start a business in Texas, or move an existing business here.

5) Lower Cost Of Living In Texas

The cost of living in Texas is low. And while it’s true that overall wages tend to be lower than some other states, that gets balanced out by the lower cost of living. Food, fuel, transportation, services, and healthcare are all cheaper in Texas. And of course real estate is more affordable here. Basically, middle-class people can still afford a good quality of life on an average salary. Compare that  to some other states where the middle class struggles just to maintain a decent standard of living.

6) More Opportunity

Texas is a low-regulation, business-friendly state. The result: people and businesses who move to Texas are free to pursue their own economic goals with less government intrusion. It’s a great place for hungry entrepreneurs to start a business. And it’s perfect for established business owners who want to move or expand their operations. A fast-growing population demands new services, infrastructure, and goods. That fuels more growth and opportunity.

7) Low Taxes

Texas has no personal income tax. There is a state sales tax. The base sales tax rate is 6.25 percent, with county and city taxes adding to that. Property taxes can be high compared to other states, they vary by city. Texas collects around $1,562 per person each year in property taxes. And there is no corporate income tax, although Texas does collect taxes on gross receipts. [5]

8) Less Government Spending

The Texas Legislature is required by law to balance the budget every two years. Texas also spends less on public services than other states. It’s historically been a low-service state, largely due to the independent mindset of many Texans.

9) Right-To-Work

Texas is a right-to-work state. That means that business owners are allowed to hire and fire their employees at will. These laws keep unions weak in Texas. And less union power and activity means more economic prosperity for everyone.

10) Safer Cities

Texas helps lead the nation in safe cities. El Paso is regularly ranked as the number one safest city in America. Austin is currently ranked as the third safest large city in America. And San Antonio and Frisco both have low crime rates.

All of these factors help explain why Texas leads the nation in new jobs and population growth.

Clearly, Texas is doing something right!

Wanna take advantage?

Come on down.

Learn More: Find A Job In Texas…

Sources:[1][2][3][4][5]

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  • Benjamin Kelly Reynolds

    I am out of work and thinking of headed to Texas from Georgia. I built cabinets mostly over the last 25 years but that is not paying the bills anymore. Where is the best place to go to start a long term career with a good future? Willing to learn new things. I work hard learn fast and never late.

    • http://movingtotexas.net/ Moving To Texas

      Hi Ben,

      I’d say a bigger Texas city like Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, or Austin would be your best bet for jobs. San Antonio and El Paso are also worth a look.

      For jobs, I’d recommend checking out our board:

      http://workingintexas.net/

  • Elle-meme

    Planning on retiring in 2015. I’m looking for cities offering good cultural venues (museums, plays and concerts not just movies ), good hospitals and medical services, and good cost of living. Unfortunately I don’t do well with high temperature and humidity. Is there somewhere like this for me?

    • http://movingtotexas.net/ Moving To Texas

      Most of Texas is pretty hot, but West Texas is not humid. You may want to look at Marfa, Alpine, Fort Davis area. It’s mountainous desert, so warm in summer but cooler at night and in the fall & spring.

  • Brendon Lawrence

    I’m considering on moving to Texas in a couple of years and starting a small car washing business. Texas is so big that I’m not sure on where to relocate. I’ve considered Midland-Odessa and Dallas-Ft Worth. Also I live in Arizona and it is a decent state. The cost of living and taxes are rising and its slowly turning into a California here..

    • http://movingtotexas.net/ Moving To Texas

      Dallas Ft Worth is a big city: http://movingtotexas.net/dallas-fort-worth/

      Midland Odessa is smaller but has boomed recently due to oil & gas…

      Either metro area is a good option.

  • Sharon

    My husband and I are wanting to leave these Ohio winters and move to constant warmth and sunshine. I am in the Ophthalmology field and my husband currently drives truck moving medical equipment. Any ideas where we would best utilize our skills? We would prefer lower humidity areas.