Jobs in Dallas, outdoor fun in Houston, artist communities in Austin – the list goes on
Maybe it has something to do with realigned priorities following the ‘great pandemic,’ but a whole lot of people are quitting their jobs these days and moving to greener pastures.If you are also moving your business and you are unaware of how to start an llc in texas, then consider checking out a site like StartMyllc.. New York City saw a huge outflow over the past 18 months or so, which isn’t exactly surprising considering how expensive NYC can be to live in. Of course, now people are beginning to move back into the Big Apple, but those moving in are currently not replacing the higher earners that moved out. In other words, put bluntly, less affluent people are repopulating New York City. This isn’t a bad thing per se, as ‘new blood,’ and new ideas brought in by people from a wider variety of economic groups can be beneficial for a megacity such as New York. The East Coast in general, however, isn’t where most seeking new lives, new jobs, and new adventures are heading. Would you be surprised to learn that possibly the hottest destination in the entire United States right now is Texas? Yes, siree. The Lone Star State is attracting like never before… but that’s not saying as much as it sounds like as Texas has been a net gainer of residents for about seven years now – mostly at the expense of California and Florida. So, what’s making Texas so attractive? Let’s list 10 of the most basic reasons.
Number One: Jobs. There are jobs all over the state. Jobs in Houston, jobs in Dallas, jobs in Austin, jobs in the oil industry, jobs in renewable energy, jobs in education, jobs in tech, jobs in manufacturing, export – you name it. The economy is doing well – and that means jobs
Number Two: Affordable housing. Ever looked up buying a house in Washington D.C., New York, or Los Angeles, San Diego, or San Francisco? If so, you might have had a mini heart attack. The prices for most urban areas in the Northeast and throughout California are downright insane. Not so in the wide-open spaces of Texas, including the state’s urban areas. Housing in Houston is an especially good deal… but the same could be said for Dallas/Fort Worth or Austin, or San Antonio. You can get a very decent place for something around US$200,000 – which, if you know anything about real estate – is a steal.
Number Three: Education. If you’re looking for schools (both private and public), Texas has you covered with famous universities and highly-ranked independent school boards in both Houston and Dallas that are the envy of the nation. Smaller colleges are also available and tuition is significantly more reasonable even at bigger schools.
Number Four: Land. Somewhat related to buying a house is buying land, and if there’s one thing Texas has a lot of… it’s land. Elon Musk is moving his headquarters to Texas and among the reasons is the affordability of land for expansion.
Number Five: Taxes and regulations. The aforementioned Mr. Musk is also choosing Texas due to the state’s aversion to excessive regulation. This can indeed have downsides: Texas is the nation’s largest carbon emitter at this point, but it’s also a hotbed of innovation that could, within a decade, see Texas lead the nation in the production of renewable energy. Texas is one of seven US states without a personal income tax and the easy processes for getting a business registered and hiring and firing are attractive for many businesses.
Number Six: A unique philosophy. Texas has always done things its own way and this tradition continues with an interesting mixture of conservative ideology that at the same time mostly takes a ‘hands-off’ approach towards those who’ve set up their own thing. This is why there are thriving hippie, artist, and other liberal communities all around the state… and that’s mostly fine by the rest of Texas, as if you leave people alone, you’ll also be left alone.
Number Seven: Big cities. Texas has six of America’s 20 biggest cities and these include San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and Austin. People forget how many big cities there are in Texas because places like Chicago or NYC loom so big in people’s imagination. But Chicago is the only place worth calling a city in the entire state of Illinois. Likewise for NYC/New York state. In Texas, you have your pick of six major urban areas and their surrounding satellite cities to choose from, and each has its pros and cons.
Number Eight: Weather. If you’re not a big fan of snow and icy winter temperatures, Texas is generally a good bet (although now and then there are exceptions to this rule). The climate in Texas overall is a lot closer to warm and sunny than wet and chilly. This leads us to number nine.
Number Nine: Outdoor activities all year round. Because of a drier climate and less chilly days, activities such as hiking, running, or biking are available year-round… or most of the year at least. Hermann Park is one of the best features of Houston which also is home to the Space Center. All across the state, there are zoos, aquariums, national parks, and other places to enjoy outdoor recreation and activities. Texas is a place for folks who love being outside most of the year.
And finally, let’s wrap things up with number 10: Stereotypes would have you believe that Texas is conservative and white, and yes, it is majority white… but it’s also the second most diverse state in the nation after California. There are 145 different languages spoken in the city of Houston alone. A large Asian-American population resides all across the state and of course, Texas has a huge group of Hispanic residents whose vibrant culture has created a nice Tex-Mex blend. In short, these are just some of the top ten reasons people are turning their eyes towards the Lone Star State. There are many others, and if you’re considering a relocation, you’d do well to give the state some serious consideration.