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Are You Moving To Texas?

Bluebonnet Sunrise by Earl McGehee

Bluebonnet Sunrise by Earl McGehee

Yes, Living In Texas Is Great!

If you’ve found this site, then you’re probably 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 the Lone Star State does have flaws.

But in general, life here is awesome.

Few other American states ignite so much passion. If you’re reading this, then you likely have love in your heart for Texas.

So let’s get started!

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 (in blue) is currently around 6.5 percent. Here’s why people are finding jobs in Texas.

2) Energy Boom

Oil Pump Jack by Paul Lowry

Oil Pump Jack by Paul Lowry

Of course, 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]

3) Diverse Economy

Houston Skyline Tinsley Park 04 by sdburns

Houston Skyline Tinsley Park by little black spot on the sun today

But Texas is more than just oil and gas. 52 Fortune 500 Companies are headquartered in Texas. 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, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, and El Paso all lead the country in job creation and population growth. [4]

4) Better Laws & Fair Courts

Texas Flag by George Olcott

Texas Flag by George Olcott

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

Texas Sunset by Joel Olives

Texas Sunset by Joel Olives

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, healthcare, and housing are all cheaper in Texas. 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

South Padre Sunrise by David

South Padre by David

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 by Charles Henry

Texas by Charles Henry

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

Welcome To Texas by by anja johnson

Welcome To Texas by Anja Johnson

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

Austin Skyline by Stuart Seeger

Austin Skyline by Stuart Seeger

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, the Lone Star State is doing something right.

Want to take advantage?

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

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