Moving to Texas? Best Places to Live in the Lone Star State


Moving to Texas? Best Places to Live in the Lone Star State

Manuella Irwin · Aug 27, 2013


If you are considering relocation to Texas, here are the best places to live. Texas is one of the fastest-growing states in the country. And there are reasons for that. The Lone Star State has a strong economy, friendly housing market and countless opportunities for making a career. If you are moving to Texas, be prepared for loads of surprises. If you have to define Texas with just a word, diverse can describe the state very accurately.

Moving to Houston

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. Population is over 2.1 million. It’s a vibrant, diverse city offering opportunities for everyone. For business or fun, Houston is one of the hottest spots on the world stage. Houston is home to 23 Fortune 500 companies. The Port of Houston ranks as the nation’s largest port in international tonnage and second in total tonnage.

Houston’s job market is diverse. Initially the economic base was dominated by energy-related businesses (about 85 percent of all jobs were in those sectors). Today nearly 50% of all jobs are in non-energy fields, such as technology, aerospace, medicine and manufacturing.

If you are considering moving to Houston, expect a two- bedroom rental to cost $1100 on average. Rentals in Fourth Ward, Midtown, Afton Oaks – River Oaks Area and University Place come at $2000 – $2200.

Moving to Austin

The capital of Texas, Austin is located on the Colorado River.

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. The city is home to more than 250 music venues, and many distinguished artists, and is famous for its spectacular live performances.

The city is also called Silicon Hills and is home to many technology corporations like AT&T, I.B.M. and Dell. According to Forbes, Austin ranks 14th in the Best Places for Business and Careers list and 2d in Job Growth.

If you are planning relocation to Austin, be prepared to pay $1500 for a two- bedroom rental on average. Downtown rentals come at $2500 on average.

Regardless of whether you’re moving to Austin to experience fun opportunities, culture, or outdoors, or to seek better education and career opportunities, you’ll be enchanted by Austin’s unique soundtrack.

Moving to Dallas

Dallas is the 9th largest city in the U.S. and the 3d largest one in Texas with a population of more than 1,200 000. Dallas is located in North Central Texas, 35 miles east of Fort Worth. The Dallas-Fort Worth metro has a population of more than 6 million. Texas is the largest exporter in the U.S. and 15% of the state’s merchandise exports come from the Dallas-Fort Worth metro. (

Dallas has developed a strong industrial and financial sector. The Dallas area is home to Exxon Mobil, JC Penney, and Texas Instruments. The State Fair of Texas, which has been held each year at Fair Park since 1886, brings an estimated $350 million to the city’s economy annually.

Along with its thriving economy and job growth, Dallas is also popular for its great entertainment opportunities. The Dallas Arts District is the largest arts district in the U.S., stretching over 68 acres, covering 19 blocks.

If you are moving to Dallas, mind that a two-bedroom rental in Dallas costs approximately $1000. Oak Lawn and North Dallas are more expensive; rentals are $1400 – $1700 on average.

Moving to San Antonio

San Antonio is located in the south-central part of Texas, 75 miles away from the state capital Austin. The city of San Antonio is named after Saint Anthony of Padua, on whose feast day – June 13 in 1691, a Spanish expedition explored the area. San Antonio is known for its rich history, which can be found in its architecture, neighborhoods and culture.

Today San Antonio’s economy is quite diverse. Initially, the city was known for its tourism opportunities and great military and government presence, but San Antonio has developed successfully in multiple industries including aerospace, financial services, healthcare and biosciences, transportation and logistics.

San Antonio offers amazing opportunities for having real fun. The popular River Walk takes you along 3 miles of cool walkways lined with unique retail shops, cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs.

Average rental costs $1200. Elm Creek and the Vineyard are pricier. Average rental is $2500 -$2900.

So, if you have chosen your place in Texas, now you need to find the best Texas moving company to move you to your would-be home. Mind that Texas movers must be licensed with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Use the Truck Stop search tool to confirm movers are licensed before hiring them.

The official website for the Lone Star State –, has all the essential information you will need to know before moving to Texas. You will find out how to renew drivers’ license, information about public safety, transportation, employment, taxes and how to update your name or address on a Voter Registration Record.

Manuella Irwin is a relocation expert at She covers news from the moving industry and provides in-depth advice on moving related issues. When she is not reading, writing, or talking about the moving industry, Manuella enjoys travelling (a lot) and exploring new places. Follow her on Google+ 

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