Over the recent years, Texas has experienced quite an influx of people moving to this great state – mainly due to jobs and affordable housing. In fact, just from July 2012 to June 2013, Texas gained over 387,000 new residents (politifact.com)!
If you find yourself moving to Texas in the near future, here are some things you should know to help you with the transition.
1) There’s More to Texas than Meets the Eye
First and foremost, it’s important to know that Texas offers more than the stereotypical cowboys, cattle, and oil wells. While many small towns across the state are home to those things, Texas cities like Dallas, Houston, and Austin are more urbane and sophisticated. These bigger cities are filled with museums, booming nightlife, restaurants, live music, and so much more.
Plus, with 54 state parks, 2 national parks, and 10 national wildlife refuges across the Lone Star State, there are countless outdoor activities to take advantage of like hiking, swimming, boating and fishing.
2) Everything is Bigger in Texas, especially Our Hearts
Texans are friendly and inviting by nature. So don’t be caught off guard if neighbors show up with food, gifts baskets, or plants as a sign of welcome when moving into a Texas neighborhood.
3) Enjoy the Food
Texas is becoming one of the nation’s hot spots for foodies. Fantastic restaurants seem to be opening monthly, and big food cities like Austin, Dallas, and Houston are home to James Beard Foundation Award nominees and winners. Houston is even home to the 2014 Best Chef in the Southwest – Chris Shepherd at Underbelly! From BBQ and Tex-Mex to seafood and great steaks, this state has it all!
4) Texas Summers are for Real
What’s not an understatement about our great state? Our summers are hot. However, as long as you have functioning air conditioning in both your home and car, you’ll be fine. Plus, since we tend to love a good air conditioner here in Texas, you can avoid the worst of the heat with ease – other than walking to and from your car.
The silver lining? We have beautiful weather in the fall and spring. Even the winters are mild, with only light snow or ice in some parts of the state.
Moving to the Lone Star State has its pros and cons, but we tend to believe that Texas is a great place to live. Our cities are diverse, with plenty of activities to enjoy, and since the state is so big, there are countless places to visit and explore. So come and enjoy all that Texas has to offer!