You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas. ~ Davy Crockett
Many people are moving to Texas. My entire immediate family left California and moved to Texas over the past decade. One of my relatives ran a commercial refrigeration firm in Northern California for years. He got so sick of the regulations that he decided to move his business to Texas. Now, he runs the same company here.
Every day I see more new license plates from out of state. California, New York, Michigan, New Jersey, Florida, and many others. For a middle-class person, Texas is hard to beat. Are you a productive citizen who is sick of your state? Here are the top ten reasons why you should move down to Texas:
1) Low Taker Vs. Maker Ratio
I recently found an interesting post that explores the state “taker versus maker” ratio. This ratio compares private employees (makers) with public sector employee and welfare recipient (takers) for all fifty states. Texas has a low ratio, meaning public sector salaries and welfare costs are under control.
2) Low Taxes
Texas has no personal or corporate income tax. Property taxes can be higher, but in general, property prices are lower. Of course, you could avoid property taxes altogether by renting. Texas does have a state sales tax, which can be as high as 8.25% depending on the county and city. Some people avoid sales tax by buying big-ticket items online, although Texas is trying to put a stop to that practice.
3) Low Cost Of Living
You hear many people complain that Texas has low-wage jobs. Well, it is true that wages can be lower in Texas. However, the cost of living is lower as well. It evens out. You do not need to spend much to have a good quality of life in here. Food, rent, and health care costs are lower. Gas and utilities are cheaper. Lighter business regulation means it costs less money to start up and run a business. Can you run your business remotely? Take advantage of geo-arbitrage by living in a cheaper state while earning money from more expensive ones.
4) Cheaper Real Estate
Texas is massive. It has always been land-rich (and historically, cash-poor). There is just more land land here, so Texas real estate is cheaper when compared to other many other coastal states. Out-of-state residents can do well selling higher priced property and then using the proceeds to buy cheaper Texas houses and land. Of course, there are expensive areas, but most middle-class people will be able to find an affordable piece of Texas to call home.
5) Low Unemployment
Texas has low unemployment rates. It helps that so many companies come here, bringing new jobs with them. Some argue that jobs in Texas are low paying, and do not offer health insurance. Consider the fact that Texas has a very young population. Included in the employment figures are data for high school kids and underage workers. These jobs typically pay less, and do not offer insurance. That skews the data.
6) Weak Unions
Texas does have unions. The state is not immune to union action as we saw with the recent union showdown at Hostess in Dallas. Historically though, Texas has been unfriendly to unions. Texas is a right to work state. Want to join a union? No one will stop you. But unlike in some other, less enlightened states, no one can force you join a union here. Texas is a good place to work if you value your personal freedom and don’t like being forced to join obsolete organizations.
7) Good Schools
Despite what you may have heard, Texas has a strong education system. Texas takes care of minority and economically disadvantaged students as graduation rates show. Some people like to portray Texans as just a bunch of dumb hillbillies, but these numbers are hard to deny. Texas is also home to many world-class colleges including the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Rice University. Texas also allows parents the freedom to home-school their children.
8) Friendly People
I’ve lived in California, New Jersey, and Texas. And I’ve traveled to numerous foreign countries. I can tell you that most Texans are very friendly and down-to-earth. Race relations in Texas are good and most Texans are very tolerant of others. The larger cities in here are incredibly diverse.
9) Respect For The 2nd Amendment
In Texas, you have the right to defend yourself. You can own and carry a gun. You do not need a permit or license to buy a firearm in Texas. You do need a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Texas is a Shall Issue state, which means it is relatively easy for law-abiding citizens to get a concealed handgun license.
10) Very Little Snow
I love snow. But after spending three winters living on the East Coast, I’d had enough. It barely snows in Texas. When it does snow, it is light when compared to the East Coast or Northern states. If you have ever spent time living up North, I do not have to explain why this is attractive.
If you are a person who values your freedom then Texas is a great place to be. It has some downsides, mainly the weather. And fire ants. But overall, the pros out weigh the cons. Are you sick of your state and its ridiculous rules and taxes? Sell your house, quit your job, and pack your car. Come start over in Texas!
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