Top 5 Reasons People are Moving to Texas

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We know everything’s bigger in Texas, but is everything better? Many Americans seem to think so. According to the US Census Bureau, the state gained 231,000 new residents in 2022, making it one of the top states people moved to that year. 

Between the economy, weather and friendly faces, there are numerous reasons to pack up and head to Texas. We’ve compiled the top 5 reasons why so many people are saying “howdy” to the Lone Star State.      

Why Americans are moving to Texas

1. A strong economy

Texas has the ninth largest economy among the nations of the world—yes, you read that right. Its economy is larger than Canada, Russia, Australia and other industrialized countries. The reason? There’s no individual or corporate income tax and a relatively low unemployment rate.

With so many Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the state, there are plenty of professional opportunities. Job seekers can find corporate positions at businesses like:

  • AT&T
  • Black and Decker
  • Caterpillar
  • Charles Schwab
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Sysco
  • Tesla

2. Cost of living

Those looking for affordable housing will understand the appeal of Texas. Not only is the average home sale price in the state below the national median of $428,379—you also get more bang for your buck. There are larger lots, more land available and homes with bigger square footage.

Beyond housing, other costs fall below the US average, including healthcare, utilities, groceries, clothing and entertainment.  

3. Highly-rated schools

College students and families with school-aged kids also move to Texas due to the quality of its schools. The state has six colleges and universities in the top 100, according to US News & World Report, including Rice University in Houston, University of Texas-Austin and Texas A&M University in College Station.

Texas also claims 10% of the leading 100 high schools in the country, and 28 elementary, middle and high schools across the state won the national blue ribbon award in 2022.

In addition to academic excellence, school systems statewide offer opportunities for students in athletics and the arts.

4. Diversity & friendliness 

As the second largest state by size (beat only by Alaska), Texas is also the second most diverse state ethnically, racially, politically, etc. 

It has several large cities, each with its unique characteristics and appeal:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Austin
  • San Antonio
  • El Paso

Because of the state’s diversity and cultural melting pot, everyone can find a place they feel welcome. In fact, since 1930, Texas’s state motto has been the word “friendship.”  

5. Arts and entertainment

Across the major cities, small towns and rural areas you’ll also find countless places to visit and things to do, no matter what your interests are. 

  • Kids and families enjoy visiting the Space Center in Houston, riding roller coasters at Six Flags in San Antonio or spending a weekend on Lake Travis. 
  • Foodies (or just anyone who likes to eat!) love the authentic Mexican cuisine in Texas, as well as numerous barbecue, seafood, chicken-fried steak and even fine dining restaurants and experiences. 
  • History buffs can visit landmarks like the Alamo, Fort Worth Stockyards, Battleship Texas and the USS Lexington. 
  • Sports fanatics have many options for catching a professional or amateur game, including the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and many more.

Be a part of Texas state pride

If you’re ready to make a move to Texas, you immediately have a long to-do list. Your main priority is likely getting your belongings packed up and delivered safely, and quickly to your new home. Whether you have multiple vehicles or are flying to meet the moving truck in Texas, car shipment is a cost-effective option. 

Montway Auto Transport helps thousands of Americans with cross-country moves every year. Our open and closed transport services provide peace of mind that cars, trucks, ATVs, motorcycles and other types of vehicles will be delivered quickly and efficiently. Talk with a customer representative by calling us at 888-666-8929 or get a free instant quote for Texas car shipping.

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