A thousand people a day move to Texas. That is enough to triple the size of some small towns in just a day! The reality is that most of these new folks are moving to large, vibrant, and thriving metro areas like Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston.
It is not really "new" news; Texas has been one of the country's fastest-growing states for the last 10 years. And the reasons why are plain as day. It is hard to compete with a state that has incredible job opportunities, no income tax, a low cost of living (including housing!), great weather and schools, and so much more.Top 6 Reasons to Move to Texas
1) Strong Economy
Did you know that Texas is the world's 9th largest economy? It also produces 9% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product. Texas is an economic powerhouse, made possible by a business-friendly environment that supports startups as well as global brands and Fortune 500 companies. In 2020, 50 companies from this notable list were headquartered in Texas.
2) Plenty of Job Opportunities
Keeping up with population growth, Texas adds more than 1,000 jobs a day to its economy, mainly in the sectors of technology, healthcare, education, oil, business, aerospace, and engineering. And the pay is great, too. In Dallas, for example, the average annual salary is $67,500 (compared to the average national salary of $56,310). If you're looking for a job opportunity, or are even considering switching careers, you will find what you are looking for in Texas.
3) Low Cost of Living
The cost of living in Texas is about 6% less than the national cost of living, and the area where you'll really save (compared to other states) is housing. With more land to build on and access to plenty of skilled labor, builders are able to build more communities, more affordably. Your dollar will also stretch further when buying groceries and healthcare. That means more money in your pocket to do what you want (and we have not even talked about income taxes, yet!).
4) No Income Tax
In Texas, there is no personal income tax! That is correct, you do not pay tax on what you earn. There are plenty of other types of taxes to fund schools, roads, and community development, but these taxes can vary by area, so you have more control over what you pay.
5) Many Housing Choices
Whether you prefer townhome living closer in town, a large family home in the suburbs, or an amenity-filled community close to outdoor recreation, you will find it in Texas. The metro areas of Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston spread out far and wide, so you are sure to find housing you love close to what you need and enjoy.
6) Great Schools
Texas is known for its highly rated independent school districts. No matter where you move in the state, you are sure to find a great public elementary, middle or high school for your child. Beyond primary education, Texas is home to powerhouse universities like Texas A&M, University of Houston, and University of Texas, and excellent local colleges.
7) Mild Weather
Texas is so big that different parts of the state have different climates, but overall, once you clear the hot and humid summer months, the rest of the year has beautiful, mild weather. Houston winters feel like springtime in other parts of the country, while Dallas temperatures can get cool at night, but typically warm right back up during the day.
8) Outdoor Recreation
Soccer in the park, hiking through national parks, even whitewater rafting... it all happens year-round here in Texas. When the weather is this beautiful you can enjoy outdoor recreation any time, and Texas offers plenty of options. Big cities have miles of walking and biking paths and plenty of green space, while the national parks and protected areas offer outdoor activities in the most picturesque natural environments.
9) Culturally Diverse
Did you know? Texas is the 2nd most culturally diverse state in the nation, and Houston is the most diverse city in America? There are 145 languages spoken in Houston alone, making this a culturally-rich and welcoming city to all.
10) Sports Galore
If you like to play it or watch it, you will find it here in Texas! Whether your favorite sport is college football from Baylor or UT, championship baseball from the Houston Astros, NFL football from the Dallas Cowboys, or NBA basketball from the Dallas Mavericks, there is always a team to cheer on.
If you are interested in relocating to Texas, there are plenty of great new housing opportunities in both Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Contact us and we'll help you narrow down your options to the perfect home and community for you.
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