Texas—like many great states in the United States—has a lot to offer for families looking who are contemplating a move there, as well as for those currently living there. Regardless of what you’re interested in, one thing is certain; there is something for everyone in the great state of Texas.
Aside from being the second-largest state (Alaska being the largest), Texas is also a door of sorts between the United States and Central- and South America. Of course, if you’re a sports fan, there is no other place to be than the Lone Star State. Home to Nolan Ryan, the Astrodome, and Cowboy’s Stadium, no other state can come close.
While sports may be enough to get dad on board, it might take a little more persuading for the rest of the family. Here are some more great reasons why Texas is a fantastic place to live for families:
Don’t mess with Texas!
When people think of Texas, they usually think about the open range, oil tycoons, and the stereotyped “cowboy” image. However, not all of Texas is open fields and cattle country. In fact, there are many great places for those of us that enjoy the city life.
Austin, for example, is home to some of the most unique culture found in the continental United States. Austin is home to a thriving artist community; from poetry to music and more. Aside from the contemporary art scene, Austin is also home to some of the greatest annual festivals as well. Festivals like the epic South by South West (SXSW) brings the best of music, film, and modern culture together for a few weeks of non-stop action.
Austin isn’t the only family-friendly city. Texas has several (and I use that term lightly) other great cities to explore, such as Dallas—home of the famous Dallas Cowboys. What better way to spend a day with the family than to catch your favorite football team on their home turf? Of course, where the Cowboys go, so too does the famous and talented Dallas Cheerleaders; whose reputation needs no explaining!
Then there is Houston, the global capital of space exploration. Take the kids to visit the Houston Space Center where they can see the history of space exploration up close and in person. Afterwards, you could check out San Antonio and catch a game from the legendary Spurs or visit the historic Alamo fortress to learn about the brave men and women that lost their lives there. That combines excitement, fun, and a discrete amount of education (Shhh! The kids will never know).
While Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are key cities in Texas, they are not the only ones by far! There are many other great cities with a lot to offer, including a potential home.
The Stars at Night are Big and Bright!
While the Dallas Cowboys are generate enough reason to move, Texas actually has a lot more to offer than just entertainment and sports. Believe it or not, Texas boasts one of the fastest growing job markets in the United States. Combine this with the fact that Texas was one of the few states that survived almost unscathed during the 2008 fall out, and you have the makings for what could be a potentially-lucrative career path. This isn’t just in one sector either; employment is most (if not all) industries is on the rise all over this great state.
Speaking of the 2008 fall out, did I mention that the housing market has bounced back and is better than ever? Whether you’re looking at buying a home, or simply trying to find affordable apartments for rent, putting a roof over your family’s head will not be difficult. Adequate housing is available throughout Texas for practically any budget. Not only that, but Texas also has great benefits as far as low-income and Section 8 housing goes.
Additionally, Texas is also one of the few states that feature great governmental programs and tax benefits towards small business. This aspect in particular is why many ambitious entrepreneurs get their start in the Lone Star State. Whether you’re starting a brand new business or moving an existing one to the state, Texas has your back. While the list of benefits is as long as Texas is wide, some of the more significant benefits Texas has to offer you are:
Low cost of living
Great mix of rural and city cultures
Family friendly environment
When it’s all said and done what isn’t to like about Texas? You have the friendliness of small-town living disguised as the second largest state in America. For a fantastic place to raise a family, consider Texas!