What are the Benefits of Living in Texas?

What are the benefits of living in Texas?


Texas is a vast state – second-largest state in all of U.S. covering 268,581 square miles of land.  Incidentally, Alaska is the largest state in terms of square miles.


That makes it – Texas – 10 percent larger than the entire size of France in terms of landmass. That also makes it double the size of Germany and double the size of Japan.


How many people live in Texas?


As of 2018, the population of Texas was approximately 28.7 million (U.S. Census Bureau estimate).


This makes it the second-most populous state. The most populous state being California with an estimated 37.75 million (estimation for 2019).



We still want to know about the benefits of living in Texas. Let’s find out what they are…



1  For the most part, the state of Texas is a relatively inexpensive place to live.


Even with respect to the pricier areas such as close to Downtown Austin and Houston’s Medical Center district, it’s cheaper to reside there than it is to live in comparable areas found in Florida and in California.



2  Job market is fairly healthy throughout the state. 


There are many large companies based in Texas, inclusive of:



Keller Williams

American Airlines

Livestock Investors Ltd

Tenet Healthcare




NEC Corporation of America



In turn, there is always a high demand for skilled folks. Remuneration is, likewise, attractive.



3  Plenty of variety.


You can find most of it in Texas – from sleepy little towns through to hugely sprawling metro areas.


You get lush pine woods to high desert to alpine desert to beautiful stretches of sand along the oceanfront.


There are folks in Texas that are descended from the Spanish, through to folks that are descended from the British, to folks from all parts of Asia.


Thus, there’s an amazing variety in terms of ethnicities, and in terms of culture, too.



4  Array of top colleges and universities. 


Here is a list of the top 25 colleges and universities in the state of Texas in accordance with stats collated at CollegeConsensus.com.



5  Easy to travel nationally and internationally.


There are a number of very large airports throughout Texas which service locations around the country and around the world. 


The largest airport, which caters to both domestic and international markets, is the Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport. The airport is located approximately halfway between Fort Worth and Dallas. 


This airport, which is the fifteenth busiest in the world in terms of passenger traffic (fourth busiest in the U.S.), services North Texas and has a direct rail service to Dallas. 



6  Friendly people.


Generally, Texans are friendly and welcoming to outsiders. 


If it’s not your habit to have people talk to you while waiting in line in a grocery store to pay for your goods, you’ll find things to be very different in Texas. 



7  Weather is great…


…at certain times of the year.


In spring and in fall, the weather can be described as ideal in Texas. 


March through May in Houston, for example, enjoys average high temperatures of between 72 and 84 degrees, with average lows of between 54 and 70.


Winters are not particularly cold, with average lows in December and January at around  45/46 F and average highs at around 63/64 F. 


In Houston, the summer months – June, July, August – see average highs of between 90 and 93 F. Average lows are between 73 and 75 F. 


Not bad at all, right?


But what is not so good is that Texas attracts more than its fair share of hurricanes. 


All the same, this article is about the benefits of living in Texas rather than the downsides. So, no more mention of hurricanes. 



8  Zero state income tax.


Many say that because there is no state income tax it’s an advantage of living in Texas. And, indeed, for some, this is a definite bonus. 


However, there are other taxes that potentially wipe out the benefits of the zero-rated income tax.


For example, in the state of Texas, property tax rates are much higher than in the majority of other states. 


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