As a natural-born and very Proud Texan , I could spend days going into so many reasons why Texas is currently the most popular destination for those who have had the misfortune to have been born elsewhere:). Disclaimer: I have lived and travelled abroad so I know I am taking a risk when making such a bold statement but it is my opinion and as any self-respecting Texan…I stand by it.
Just a few reasons would be our great culture, welcoming smile, wide-open spaces, varied but pleasant climate, friendly residents and more… but some would argue that those items are not necessary objective.
According to the Texas Real Estate Center located in at Texas A&M (Whoop): ” Texas is leading the United States in the current U-shaped economic recovery. The state’s economy experienced its second month of positive annual employment growth after 16 months of job losses.
“Texas’ annual employment growth rate was 0.9 percent from June 2009 to June 2010 compared with a negative rate of 0.1 percent for the nation. After 17 months of job losses, the state’s private sector posted a positive annual employment growth rate of 0.4 percent.
“The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 7.8 percent in June 2009 to 8.2 percent in June 2010, while the U.S. rate in June was 9.5 percent, the same as in June 2009.
“Six Texas industries — education and health services; mining and logging; professional and business services; leisure and hospitality; manufacturing; and transportation, warehousing, utilities — and the government sector had more jobs in June 2010 than in June 2009. Five other industries experienced net job losses over the same period.
Sixteen Texas metro areas experienced positive employment growth rates from June 2009 to June 2010, up from 13 for the period from May 2009 to May 2010. College Station-Bryan ranked first in job creation followed by San Angelo, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood and Waco.
The state’s actual unemployment rate in June 2010 was 8.5 percent. Midland had the lowest unemployment rate followed by Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo, Abilene and College Station-Bryan.”
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Having been born and raised in the Panhandle and currently living in fabulous Katy, a huge suburb west of downtown Houston, I can tell you our State is as varied and amazing as one would expect from the second largest state in our union. Our people are quick with a joke and a smile, and it takes a while for non-Texan’s to get used to complete strangers waving at them as they pass.
We offer breathtaking landscapes, job opportunities, affordable housing, metropolitan/urban areas for culture and suburban areas for those seeking a slower pace.
And did I mention the food and wine? So many choices and some of the best Bar-B-Que and Mexican Food to be found in the nation… and our wine industry continues to win global recognition for quality.
With so many reasons to make Texas you home… what are you waiting for? Come on over, we are waiting for you!