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
Texas has a low “taker versus maker” ratio. This ratio compares private employees (makers) with public sector employee and welfare recipient (takers) for all fifty states. A low ratio means Texas has public sector salaries and welfare costs well under control.
2) Low Taxes
Texas is famous for having no personal income tax and no corporate income tax. So how does the Lone Star State earn tax revenue? Well, there’s a state sales tax, which can be as high as 8.25% depending on the county and city. And Texas also levies property taxes. So keep that in mind if you plan on buying a home here…
3) Low Cost Of Living
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, so it evens out! You don’t have to spend much to have a good quality of life here. Food, rent, and health care costs – they’re generally all lower. Gas and utilities are less expensive as well. The Lone Star State has its own power grid. So Texas electricity is cheaper than in other states. And for business owners, light regulation means less money to start up and run a business.
4) Cheaper Real Estate
Texas is massive – it’s always been land-rich. There is just more real estate here, so it’s cheaper when compared to other places. Out-of-state residents can do well selling higher priced property and then using the proceeds to buy cheaper land in Texas. Of course, there are expensive areas. But most people will be able to find 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 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 rules and taxes?
Sell your house, quit your job, and pack your car.
Come start over in Texas!
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