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Thinking About Moving to Texas?

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So you're thinking about moving to the Lone Star State. When moving to Texas, you will discover cultural influences from the American South and the West, as well as from neighboring Mexico.

Texans are very proud of their state and for good reason. More Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Texas than in any other state, and you may be surprised to learn that Texas has no state income tax. If you're looking to get a mortgage, know that the real estate offerings are relatively affordable and in line with the state's average income.

Houston is home to NASA, making Texas an obvious leader in space research and aeronautics. Other key Texas industries include health care, medical research, technology, and of course, the oil industry.

Before you pick a city and start calling moving companies, consider the type of weather you prefer. Texas has three distinct climates: The eastern portion is often hot and humid, the north boasts milder weather, and the southwestern region is drier and more desert-like.

Still not sure what part of Texas to call home? put away the moving boxes and study these brief descriptions of four of the most popular living destinations.

Houston

There is plenty of room for the moving truck on Houston's streets. The city is Texas' largest, and it's the fourth largest in the country. You'll find the biggest medical complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center, right in the middle of this gigantic metropolis.

Other major industries are oil and petroleum, and as previously mentioned, Houston is also the home of NASA.

It's not all work and no play. Houston also offers great food, great culture, and lots of sports. You can cheer on the Houston Astros, Texans, Dynamo, and/or Rockets - and that's just the professional teams. Or, for something different, check out the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Dallas

Now let's head north to Dallas. This city is certainly worth some cross-country moving. It is a major force in the oil and cotton industries, as well as in Information Technology. Also, many production companies from Hollywood prefer to shoot Texas-centric material in the greater Dallas area.

If you are a sports fan, you will enjoy watching the Texas Rangers as well as the Dallas Mavericks, Stars, and Cowboys. Like other areas of Texas, Dallas is mix of Southern hospitality and Western flare.

Austin

Located near the center of the state is Texas' capital city. Known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," it is home to the University of Texas as well as many other colleges and universities.

Austin has a fabulous arts and culture scene, and the terrain is quite hilly, unlike the rest of state. The top industries for employment opportunities can be found in the fields of technology, film making, government, health-care and education.

San Antonio

Just south of Austin is San Antonio, the city that brings to mind the very famous phrase, "Remember the Alamo!" In the downtown area, you will find the River Walk, which has many shops and restaurants and serves as an entertainment hub for the city

Though many companies are headquartered in San Antonio, the city is well known for its edge in the biomedical field. Last but not least, don't forget about the San Antonio Spurs.

Hopefully you've enjoyed your little tour of Texas. With the many different major cities, employment opportunities and climate options, Texas has something for everybody.

Trusty Texas Tips

Texas is a vast state. Most residents find that they need a car in order to get around. Before moving, be sure your auto insurance is up to date. You will also need to register your vehicle with the state, and you will be required to pay a new resident tax of $90. Next, you will want to have your automobile's emissions inspected, and finally, it is necessary to get a Texas state driver's license within 90 days of moving here.

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