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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/

    • laurenb2010

      I would pinpoint what you want to do and then start checking LinkedIn or Indeed for job postings (or here, of course). Dallas has large corporate offices that offer a lot of options (Dillards, JCPenney, Container Store, Frito Lay, Pizza Hut, USAA Mortgage Office, etc.). San Antonio has a massive USAA office and their call center is constantly hiring; you might try there too. Houston is good for oil industry jobs and engineering. Austin has all sorts of jobs, but is overrun with college graduates who will probably do the same job for less. Just some ideas. :)

  • 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.

    • laurenb2010

      Dallas sounds like the place for you. You can live downtown, in suburbs, or even way out in the more rural areas and still have easy access to major highways and all of the venues you mentioned above. Downtown apartments are affordable ($1000-2200 and up) and offer lots of activities for people of all ages, particularly the Main Street district. However, homes are relatively affordable as well ($250k+ in Dallas and around $150k+ in the suburbs surrounding us, like Plano, Richardson, Carrollton, etc.).

      It is rarely humid here (I moved to Dallas from San Antonio, which is super humid) and we actually have seasons (it’s hot most of the year, but we get snow too).

  • 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.

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

      Take a look at San Antonio:

      http://movingtotexas.net/living-in-san-antonio/

      It might be a perfect fit since it has a very large medical industry.

    • Aaron Jones

      Sharon, I Know exactly what You are talking about the “Cold Ohio Winters”. I lived in Cleveland Most of my life, then moved to Saint Louis. My Aunt and uncle from Back home Moved down to Sulphur Springs Texas and could not have been any happier. They Have been begging us to move down there with them. We Agreed to do so we love the country life better then the city. I have PTSD (as does my Uncle from the Vietnam war) and I do not like to be around a lot of people. So we said that we would move down after we get loose ends tied up. Also a Bit if Info, The more land you purchase in Texas the cheaper it will be. We have found Properties down the with 100+ acres, modern house, stables, Iron fences, the whole nine Yards for less than $400K Can’t beat that.

  • MIchael

    My wife and I want to move to Austin. Although we’ve never been there – from everything I read and from everyone I hear thats been/lived there the city is awesome. We have two kids and I’m transferring to UT next fall. We want to buy but not sure what area is best for us. Were on a strict budget and have heard good things about Round Rock? Is this a good/safe/cheap area and also close to campus?

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

      Round Rock is a good area, it’s relatively inexpensive and very safe. A good place for kids.

      It’s not exactly close to UT campus though, you’ll be fighting traffic during rush hour.

      Still, it could be a good choice if you can structure your schedule to avoid peak driving times when coming & going to Austin.

  • Brittany Patton

    My fiance and I are both young and wanting to start a new life together outside of Missouri and we have decided Texas. Not a specific place yet, so what would be a good place for a young couple, just starting to go, involving work and housing?

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

      Austin.

  • Nadya

    My husband and I are planning to move to Texas. He is a social studies middle school teacher in a catholic school. Now in a process of getting his third MA degree in education (two previous degrees were in political bs) to obtain a public school licence. What is situation with teaching in Texas? Can we afford to live only on his salary? I am staying home with 3 y.o. daughter.

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

      Hi Nadya – thanks for the comment, but I don’t know much about being a teacher in Texas.

      Hopefully one of our readers can chime in…

  • Hannah Savage

    I am currently the commercial manager of an autozone in northwest Indiana. I’m very tired of the winter time up here, the lake effect snow, and to be honest I’ve always felt I should have been born/grown up in the south. I really prefer to be out in the country away from the big cities. Any suggestions?