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The Lone Star State: 11 Awesome Reasons to Live in Texas

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Are you thinking about moving to Texas but not quite sure if it’s the right place for you? Or maybe you just want to make sure it’s the right move? Did you know they’re a little over 28 million people in Texas?

Rightfully so, since there’s something for everyone. It’s also affordable, has some of the best food around, jobs are plentiful, and so on. In this article, you’ll discover the reasons to live in Texas and why it’s the perfect place for you. Read on to discover these 11 awesome reasons.

1. Great Job Outlook

One of the benefits of living in Texas is there’s no corporate income tax or personal income tax. The unemployment rate is only 3.4% and Texas is home to many Fortune 500 companies. Here’s a list of some of the Fortune 500 companies located in Texas.

They’re jobs for everyone whether you’re looking for education, blue-collar work, or a position with a Fortune 500 company.

2. BBQ & Texmex

If you’re looking for classic BBQ with delicious recipes that have been created through trial and error, Texas is for you. Texas is also known for its Texmex which is a mix between Mexican and southern American food. You won’t want to miss out on trying this unique taste.

Some top BBQ shops in Texas are:

  • Pecan Lodge (Dallas)
  • Franklin Barbecue (Austin)
  • Snow’s BBQ (Lexington)
  • Louie Miller Barbecue (Taylor)
  • Tyler’s Barbecue (Amarillo)

These are some top BBQ shops, but of course, they’re plenty more scattered throughout the state.

3. Natural Beauty

If you enjoy nature, Texas has you covered. Even if you’re not big into nature, these are still worth checking out.

You can see the historical Enchanted Rock State natural area, relax in Krause Springs, or experience the history of Fredericksburg. You won’t want to miss Padre Island National Seashore or Big Thicket National Preserve either.

The Texas Hill Country has hundreds of cities and you can see plenty of lakes, rivers, breweries, boutique shopping, live music, plenty of history, vineyards, and plenty more.

4. Sports

If you like sports you can’t go wrong with life in Texas. Some of the top teams are located here including the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans for football. As far as basketball there’s The San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, and Houston Rockets.

For baseball, there’s the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, and Dallas Stars for hockey.

5. Southern Hospitality

If you’re looking for a place where people say sir and ma’am, and are known for being polite to each other, Texas is for you.

It’s common to be greeted by a total stranger, so if you’re looking for a place to move to where it’s easy to make friends, Texas is it.

6. Refreshing Waterways

In the summer when it’s hot, they’re plenty of places to cool off including the many waterways. You can float down the Brazos river, check out the waterfall at Hamilton pool, or fish at Caddo Lake.

There’s something for everyone when you make Texas home.

7. Low Real Estate

If you’re looking to purchase a home but not spend all your savings, then life in Texas is for you. Zillow shows that the average home price in Texas is about $197,500. Compare that to other places in the country, and you’ll see how reasonable Texas is.

That price will get you a nice home too, not a tiny home like in some other parts of the country. Since Texas is such a large mass, there’s plenty of room to build homes so they can keep prices reasonable.

Currently, a great place to live in Texas is Lubbock. Check out this blog post for 10 facts about Lubbock real estate and why it’s a great place to live.

8. Greener Than You Think

If you think Texas is just about oil and not helping the environment, think again. If being green is important to you, you’ll be happy to know Texas is the leading state for wind power with 40 different wind farm projects in the state.

9. Large State

Did you know Texas is the second-largest state in the U.S.? The only state bigger is Alaska. Since Texas is so expansive you can find deserts, forest, mountains, ranchland, a beautiful coastline, and along the interstate to easily travel through the state.

10. the Music Scene

If you enjoy the music scene and different, you’ll definitely want to check out Austin. You can experience everything from live music and entertainment at festivals to local bands on 6th street.

Walking down South Congress you can experience the different music and quirkiness that makes Austin, Austin.

11. Warmer Weather

Tired of those cold and brutal winters or not so warm summers? Texas is a place where you can experience all 4 seasons, so that means enjoying summer-time to the fullest.

You can expect sunny and warm weather most of the year, with mild winters in most of the state. If you aren’t a fan of the heat, you’ll definitely want to invest in a pool, or check out some of the waterways listed above, or in the area of your choosing.

Reasons to Live in Texas

After reading this article, you should have a pretty good idea of reasons to live in Texas, and why it’s the right decision to move here. From Texmex to natural waterways, there’s something for everyone. Since Texas has low taxes, is affordable, and has great job opportunities, it’s really a great place to move.

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