Texas has always been known for being a big place, and it seems to be growing every day. The second-largest state in the U.S.A. in terms of area (after Alaska) and population (California is first) continues to grow. An average of 1,000 new inhabitants makes their way to the Lone Star State every day.
With famous names such as Elon Musk, Joe Rogan, and others choosing to make Texas their home, it will be interesting to take a closer look and find out what exactly makes Texas so attractive. Thousands of people have moved from cities within Colorado such as Denver, Golden, Boulder, Castle Rock, and beyond to plant their roots in the various metropolitan areas of Texas such as Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio.
Let’s jump right in (Yeehaw) and see what makes Texas tick and why it should have a place on your list of potential places to move to in 2021.
A burgeoning economy makes Texas a desirable option for many people seeking a place where they will have the opportunity to thrive economically. Five of the country’s 11 fastest-growing cities are here, and 54 Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters here, making Texas the second most popular state in this regard.
The opportunities are very rich, as the state is a leader in various fields and industries such as agriculture, tourism, energy, petrochemicals, aerospace, computers and electronics, biomedical sciences, and more. Nine percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (G.D.P.) is generated here. If Texas were to be considered an independent country, it would have the 10th largest economy in the world.
Good Job Prospects
A thriving economy means that there is plenty of work to be done. Employers such as Black and Decker and Tesla are continually creating job opportunities for Texas residents and play a significant role in keeping the state’s unemployment levels significantly below the national average.
It is considered one (if not the…) of the most business-friendly states in the nation, thanks in no small part to the Texas Enterprise Fund, a three-billion-dollar initiative aimed at helping businesses, and the state’s favorable taxation regime. The state also spends the most of any state on incentive programs aimed at attracting new business, totaling approximately 19 billion dollars in value as per 2012 numbers.
People working in Texas enjoy some of the highest wages in the country. For example, in a metropolitan area such as Dallas, the average salary for a worker is $67,500 a year. This is about 49,000 higher than the national average.
Low Living Costs
Living costs in Texas cities such as Dallas, Houston, and so on are much lower than in other cities such as Denver, Colorado. The money you will spend on your living expenses here is significantly lower than in other comparable regions in the nation. It has been calculated to be approximately 8 percent lower than the national average.
Back in 2015, Dallas is considered to be among the most cost-effective cities in the nation, meaning that its residents would enjoy the most value out of their financial outlay. This translates to having Texas residents enjoy a better standard of living than people with similar wages living in other states.
No Income Taxes
Residents are not subjected to income taxes, and the state and local tax burdens are some of the lowest in the nation. The fact that workers will keep a larger share of what they make in Texas means that your wages will go considerably further here than in most other states.
When you bring together high wages, low living costs, and minimal taxation, it becomes easy to see why Texas is so attractive to people who desire to live life as they please.
As the saying goes, everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is bigger in Texas. As the second-largest state in the country, you can be sure that there are plenty of real estate opportunities here. For this reason, it is a favored market for those seeking to purchase large tracts of land and live out their ranch dreams. You will encounter ten climatic regions, 11 ecological regions, and 14 soil regions, all within this state, meaning that you can find an area that suits you perfectly here.
Finding a home in Texas is much less of a financial burden here than in many other states. Of course, the amount you pay for your home will depend on what type of residence you’re looking for and what city or neighborhood it’s in. The average home here will cost you slightly over $177,000, with prices in the major cities such as San Antonio averaging about $243,000.
You can’t enjoy your life anywhere unless you and your family can feel reasonably safe. Even though the population and cities of the state are rapidly expanding, the negative security impacts that often come with this growth have primarily been avoided or minimized in Texas. Many cities and neighborhoods are noted for their family-friendliness and high security, such as Cedar Park, Plano, Allen, Georgetown, and more.
Excellent Educational Facilities
Getting a good education is a vital consideration for people, especially those with families or who intend on starting one. From elementary school to post-graduate levels, you can be sure of accessing quality public and private educational facilities here. There are highly respected school districts in Texas, such as the Highland Park Independent School District or the Houston Independent School District. Higher educational facilities such as Baylor, Abilene, Texas A&M, and the University of Texas are world-renowned for their teaching standards.
Colorado can experience some pretty harsh winters, and many areas, especially those nearer to the mountain regions, have a generally cold year-long climate. Many people seek warmer weather to make their homes drawn to Texas due to the year-round warmth that residents enjoy. You can have some relatively humid summers there, but air conditioning will keep things nice and cool. Mild conditions all through the year make it an excellent place for those who enjoy being outdoors.
Year-Round Outdoor Potential
It’s important to talk a bit more about how the Texas climate makes it ideal for outdoor activities all year round. Most cities and neighborhoods will provide you with ample opportunities for outdoor dining and outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, running, biking, and more. Nature lovers will have access to large parks and spaces where they can enjoy being in the presence of nature.
There is plenty to do in Texas, no matter what your interests might be. Arts, culture, family fun, and a vibrant singles bar scene make it possible to have fun and unwind here. Here’s a quick (Cut & Keep) list of some of the recreational activities Texas makes available to its residents:
- The Houston Space Center
- History, science, and art museums
- Orchestras ad symphony performances
- Dance clubs
- Historical landmarks
- Fine dining establishments
- Outdoor events and festivals
- Children’s museums
- National parks
- Good Food
A diverse set of cultures in the state has resulted in various cultures and foods being enjoyed here. Whether you are starving or in the mood for a quick snack or take-away meal or are looking for a fine dining experience, you can find a wide selection of French, Spanish, Italian, Indian, and other types of Americans and international cuisines to choose from.
Great Sports Teams
A thrilling sports scene makes life in Texas a joy for sports fans. There are plenty of sweaty options to have your sports fix delivered, including prolific college football teams such as the Texas Longhorns, top-flight baseball provided by teams like the Houston Astros, and championship football from the Dallas Cowboys. A vast sporting fan demographic here means you will have plenty of company.
Texans like to take care of themselves, and there are plenty of facilities that make it possible. If you are into (W.O.W.) or considering getting into habits that allow you to sit back and relax, get in better shape, or treat yourself to some pampering, then Texas is the place for you. There’s something for everybody from pilates, CrossFit, and yoga to more challenging activities such as Ironman Texas and the Chevron Houston Marathon.
The lively atmosphere you will find in many cities in Texas is mainly a result of having various types of diverse cultures coming together to make the cities work. In Houston, for example, you will find over 145 languages being spoken, and Texas is considered the second most (After NY) diverse state in the country.
Texas is synonymous with southern hospitality, and this long heritage of being welcoming hosts continues to this day. Whether in the larger cities or small-town Texas, you can expect a warm welcome and ready inclusion into Texas life no matter who you are and where you’re from.
There will always be areas or times that traffic gets a bit crazy in any large city, and Texas cities are no exception. Even so, the rush hour traffic conditions that residents experience are generally less intense and shorter-lived than you will find in most (Not to mention N.Y. and L.A.) large cities, and commuting times are thus usually shorter.
Unique Texas Culture
There’s no place quite like Texas. Going from its big-hearted, open, and friendly people to the unmistakable cowboy culture, on to its vibrant arts and cultural scenes, Texas provides a living and working environment that’s almost impossible to compare with anywhere else.
Should you be contemplating a move to Texas, you can look forward to good things ahead. However, your first step should be getting in touch with a long-distance moving company that you can rely on to get everything where it’s supposed to be safely, efficiently, and in good time.
The Denver Moving Group has helped thousands of happy clients move from Colorado cities such as Denver, Boulder, and Golden to cities all across Texas such as Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas, and more. With over 20 years of long-distance moving experience, you can be sure that we’ll get the job done right. You won’t regret it! Whatever the size of your home, give us a call today, and we’ll get things started right away.
Texas-Bound: What to Expect When Moving to the Lone Star State
The recent upsurge of people moving from other states across the U.S.A. and relocating to Texas comes as no surprise to those who live, work, and play there. Being one of the most extensive and populous states in the nation, Texas has become one of the most (if not the…) desirable states to live in for various reasons.
Just so there are no significant surprises, here’s a quick look at what you can expect to find once you get settled in Texas, whatever your profession, lifestyle, or budget.
The massive proportions of the state mean that you will find varying climatic conditions (up to 11 different climatic zones are within the state). Depending on where you choose to make your home here, you might experience conditions ranging from the very humid to the exceedingly dry.
Moderate to extreme weather events such as tropical storms occur once in a while, just as they do in most other places across the United States, but Texas’s general or average condition is warm. If your preference tends towards a warmer climate, then Texas will feel like home to you.
Lower Tax Rates
Paying taxes is a part of every responsible citizen’s duty, but we can all appreciate a break, right? The amount of money that residents here pay in taxes is significantly lower than what’s experienced in most states in the country. Texas offers up various incentives to help attract business and investments. As one of the very few states with no income tax burden on its residents, Texas is a place where the money you work hard for will go much further than it would elsewhere.
Affordable Real Estate
Homeownership is a big part of the proud Texas culture, and residents enjoy some of the most affordable house and property rates in the country. The median home value in the state is in the region of $184,000 and sits well below national averages despite yearly growth.
Here are some of the best cities for those raising families to purchase homes in:
The median price for a home: $64,500
This is a good example of the numerous family-friendly small-town locations that you might consider relocating to. Families enjoy plenty of options for quality time with facilities such as community parks, trails, lakes, and various recreational possibilities, including bowling, boating, camping, and skating.
The median price for a home: $185,400
A significantly lower crime rate compared nationally makes Pearland one of the most attractive neighborhoods to live in. As it is close to major job centers, it is an excellent option for those who want a place that allows them to get to work in good time while living in a serene, family-friendly environment.
The median price for a home: $179,900
Close to the state’s capital, Austin, Round Rock provides the best of both worlds to its inhabitants. Small-town charm coupled with big-city conveniences makes it a big attraction. It is a hub for sports fans, being home to several top-rated youths, amateur, and recreational sports centers. Major employer such as I.B.M., Dell, and IKEA all have their offices in Round Rock.
The median price for a home: $277,600
Home to the famous Frisco Heritage Museum, this city is also known for the sterling performance of its school districts.
The median price for a home: $167,200
As one of the fastest-growing suburbs in the greater Dallas area, Little Elm is a favorite for those seeking active yet family-friendly surroundings. There are five community parks here that play host to various popular city-wide events and festivals.
As you might expect, the cost of living in Texas cities will vary from one to the other, but, in general terms, the average living costs found here are significantly below national averages. A dollar will go further in Texas than it will in most other places in the United States. The outstanding amenities, schooling facilities, and natural settings of the state make its neighborhoods great places to bring up a family.
Power Bill Savings
One of the unique (game changer) features of Texas is its deregulated electricity industry. Rather than rely on a single state supplier for their electricity requirements, residents choose between various private power suppliers. This allows you to choose the supplier that best suits your needs and budget. You are free to switch whenever you want to, and the changeover process is streamlined so that you never have to go or stay home without power when doing so.
A Great Job Market
The switch to shale oil production provided a massive boost to the Texas oil industry. What has resulted in turning the U.S.A. from a net oil importer into an exporter of this black gold has also seen the state’s finances perk up considerably.
Job opportunities keep up with steadily rising population levels. Major employers such as ExxonMobil, Dell, Shell, Texas A&M, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and more provide opportunities across various fields.
A Food Lover’s Paradise
The most readily apparent benefit of having a diverse population within a region or city is the excellent variety of cuisine you can access. Texas cities have it all, from fine dining to taco trucks, and you can expect to find something new to taste and exciting to try out every time you crave something different.
For people living relatively far away from their places of work, traffic can be a source of frustration for commuters. City workers will face the brunt of this because Texas does not have an effective public transit system in place, such as you might find in New York and other cities.
Some Quick Relocation Tips
Pick a good long-distance moving company.
Trusting the wrong outfit to handle your relocation logistics can result in a lot of unnecessary frustration, losses, and avoidable troubles in general. Only select fully insured, licensed, and experience long-distance movers for your relocation needs.
- Change of address
The most convenient or ideal way to go about having your mailing address changed to reflect your new residence is by updating your address information through the USPS (United States Postal Service) online portal. Do this at least one week before your move to ensure you don’t miss any mail or deliveries coming to you.
- Licenses and registrations
The official Texas state website makes it possible to handle many of the changes your relocation will involve when updating some crucial documents.
Voter registration: On the Texas Secretary of State’s official website, you can find all the information you might need regarding how voter registration works and what your new polling station will likely be.
Vehicle registration: The Texas D.M.V. (Department of Motor Vehicles) is where you want to go should you wish to have your cars registered under a Texas tag.
Driver’s licenses: The law in Texas states that any person who moves there as a permanent resident must have a Texan driver’s license in their possession within a time limit of 90 days after their arrival.
There is plenty (I’m jealous) that goes into making a change of residence, especially when the move takes you across state lines, and this is what makes it so important to have the right long-distance movers helping you out.
Over the years, thousands of people making the change from Colorado’s many cities and relocating to Texas have handled the Denver Moving Group logistics. Call us today! Allow Denver Moving Group to be a part of your next big move.