When you think of the term "state pride," what's the the state that comes to mind first? If you thought of Texas, you're not alone! Texans are the most likely of all U.S. citizens to say that their state is "the very best place to live," and with all of the songs and mottos Texans use to sing their state's praises, it's no wonder Texas has come to be known as one of the states with the most pride.
As it turns out, residents of the Lone Star State may not be far off in their assessment. From the highly liveable cities to the amazing natural scenery, and from the unique food scene to the low costs of living, here are 5 great reasons why you should think about relocating to Texas.
There's something for everyone.
No matter what your needs and wants are when it comes to finding a new place to live, Texas can deliver. Looking to experience some big city living? Not only is Houston the fourth largest city in the U.S., it's also the most racially and ethnically diverse metro area in the nation, is considered one of the country's "most exciting places to eat," and has an abundance of world-class museums and cultural attractions.
Or, perhaps you're interested in a more relaxed pace of life, where you can check out up-and-coming live bands, drink craft beers, enjoy plenty of scenic outdoor spaces, and let your "inner hipster" shine. If so, the city of Austin is calling your name! It's a fantastic environment for children also, just make sure you keep them in the loop on the moving process! Or maybe you're looking to experience those famous wide open spaces, authentic Mexican food, and proximity to the beautiful Gulf coast. If that's the case, the Rio Grande Valley was made just for you.
Texas is foodie heaven.
From tender barbecued brisket to spicy and authentic Tex-Mex, the Lone Star State is easily one of the top U.S. states for food lovers. There are plenty of regional favorites like kolaches, chili, and BBQ, but Texas also knows how to do international cuisine exceptionally well (fun fact: Houston has more than 11,000 restaurants).
Texas is also considered one of the top states for craft breweries, and the local beer selection includes favorites such as St. Arnold's, Shiner Bock, and Lone Star. You can eat and drink your way through all of Texas and never get bored!
There's an abundance of natural wonders.
Think Texas is all flat plains and tumbleweeds? Think again! From the Rio Grande Valley's endless beaches and lush wetlands to the vast deserts of West Texas, the Lone Star State is amazingly diverse in terms of geography and landscapes. See the night skies and rugged mountains of Big Bend State Park, explore the second-largest canyon in the U.S. at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, follow the scenic Texas Wine Trail in the Hill Country, and tube along the clear blue waters of the San Marcos River.
Whatever kind of outdoor adventures you're seeking, Texas is sure to delight and surprise you.
Say goodbye to state income taxes.
Need a way to get more of your paycheck into your own pockets? Thanks to Texas's lack of state income taxes, you'll see more of your money each and every time you get paid. Factor that in with the state's overall low cost of living, and it'll feel easier than ever to stretch your dollar further than ever before when you make your move to Texas.
Texas has a thriving real estate market.
Speaking of stretching your dollar, Texas is considered to be one of the best states for investing in real estate. The state's housing market is one of the strongest in the nation, and took only a mild hit after the 2008 recession (unlike most other U.S. real estate markets). In addition to the robust housing market, Texas also boasts affordable home prices, as well as strong population and job growth.
A great place to live and promising investment opportunities? Sounds like a win-win!