Moving to Texas is a big decision. There are definitely things to do and things not to do when you are moving to the Lone Star state. One of the things that you have to do before you decide to move to Texas is to weigh the pros and cons of the move and see if it is in your best interests to become a Texan.
Of course, as a Texan, I think that everyone should decide that Texas is the best place in the world, but the ordinary side of me reminds myself that although Texas is a wonderful state with many opportunities and hidden treasures, not everyone is cut out to be a Texan.
Moving to Texas Pros and Cons
I have made a list of the pros and cons of living in the great state of Texas, although it was mighty hard to find the cons. Still, I hope this helps you make up your mind.
The Pros of Moving to Texas
You get to call yourself a Texan
Rent prices in Texas are generally cheaper than they are in other states
Utility prices in Texas are cheaper than they are in most other states
Texans are friendly
You get to wear cowboy boots with every outfit that you own
The food is fabulous
Football is a BIG deal
Plenty of wide-open spaces and you can choose how big of a town you like to live in
Texas does NOT have a state income Tax
More available jobs than there are in many other states
Speed limits are higher than they are in most states
Land taxes are lower than they are in most states
The cost of living is less than it is in most states
A great amount of ethnic diversity in cities like Houston
You can listen to country music without offending anyone
NASA and SpaceX both fire their rockets off from Texas
Native tribes like the Apache and Comanche once lived on the vast lands of Texas so the state is rich in historical value and Indian artifacts
Texans like to hug
Lake Sam Rayburn is in Texas
More wood is harvested in Texas each year than in any other state
Texas has the largest herds of whitetail deer
Texas allows you to hog hunt all year
Dr. Pepper was invented in Texas
Texas is home to more farmland than any other state
The only remaining whooping cranes in North America live in Aransas
Three of the most populous cities in the world, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, are located in Texas
The first rodeo in the world was held in Pecos in 1883
Jalapeno jelly was invented in Texas
Texas produces its own electricity from their own power grid
Texas is home to the oldest human skeleton to be found in the United States. The remains of the woman were unearthed in 1953 in Midland Texas. The skeleton is believed to be over 9,500 years old.
Texas has excellent educational opportunities for all ages
Texas laws provide a greater amount of protection against frivolous lawsuits and allegations.
The residents of Texas are generally healthier than the residents of most other states
Texans are fiercely independent and many Texans have permits to open carry a firearm
Texas has beautiful beaches
Texas waterways, and the right to enjoy Texas waterways, belong to every resident of Texas. If you own a home on the river, lake, or creek banks in Texas the state of Texas owns the ten to fifteen foot of land that is directly adjacent to the waterway. You get to keep the property up but legally you cannot stop someone else from walking on or crossing that portion of the property. This could be a pro or a con depending on how you feel
Texas is a death penalty state and this can be considered a positive thing by some and a negative thing by others
There has never been a murder in Slaughter, Texas
The Cons of Moving to Texas
You will have to live in Texas for a decade or more before the ‘born and bred’ Texans start to call you a Texan
Mosquitos are larger than they are in most other states
Mosquitos are more numerous than they are in most other states
You will have to buy cowboy boots
Learning the language can be frustrating
Your allergies may be worse
When Texans say it is HOT then the rest of the states would generally say that it is SWELTERING
Not a lot of public transportation
Not as many vegan restaurants
Texas emits more greenhouse gases than most other states
There is an old law on the books that says it is illegal to milk your neighbors’ cow
There is an old law on the books that says it is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time when you are standing up
There is an old law on the books that says it is illegal to sell your eye
During the spring and summer months, violent storms often happen in parts of Texas
If you live in Galveston proper it is illegal for you to allow your camel to be loose and wandering along the shoreline
Cattle rustling is still considered to be a hanging offense
Many of the pros and cons you just read about living in the great state of Texas were humorous facts. The real facts about living in Texas are:
Texas has all types of terrain such as mountains and hills, flatlands, oceanfront property and tall pine trees.
Texas has many job opportunities
Texas has a lot of lands and many of the land prices are very reasonable
Texas has really hot weather but portions of Texas also have very cold winters and get regular snowfalls
Texas folks are friendly, but they are just like everyone else and it simply takes a little time to get to know the people
The bottom line is that Texas is a great place to live, especially if you are raising a family.
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