Things to Know Before You Move to Texas
Texas has long been a hot destination for moving, so as you plan your move to the Lone Star State, you’ll want to take note of a few things that make it so great:
- The second largest state (second only to Alaska) calls Austin its capital, and Houston – near the Gulf of Mexico – is the state’s largest city.
- Historically noteworthy cities include Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Dallas and sister-city Ft. Worth, San Antonio (“Remember the Alamo!”) Laredo and Brownsville, which border Mexico along the famous Rio Grande River.
- Texas is nicknamed the Lone Star State to signify Texas as a former independent republic, and as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico. The "Lone Star" can be found on the Texan state flag and on the Texan state seal.
- Texas is associated with the image of the cowboy.
Many families are moving to Texas because of its long-lasting economic growth. The state's economic fortunes changed in the early 20th century, when oil discoveries initiated an economic boom in the state. With strong investments in universities, Texas developed a diversified economy and high tech industry in the mid-20th century. Texas shares the top of the list of the most Fortune 500 companies with California. The state leads in many industries, including agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, computers and electronics, aerospace, farming (cotton and livestock) and biomedical sciences.
If you’re moving to Texas to attend college, the state is home to various private institutions of higher learning—ranging from liberal arts colleges to a nationally recognized top-tier research university. The state's two most widely-recognized flagship universities are The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, ranked as the 52nd and 69th best universities in the nation according to the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges", respectively.
Sports lovers moving to Texas will find the Lone Star State to their liking. While American football has long been considered "king" in the state, Texans today enjoy a wide variety of sports. Within the "Big Four" professional leagues, Texas has two NFL teams (the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans), two Major League Baseball teams (the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros), three NBA teams (the Houston Rockets, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Dallas Mavericks), and one National Hockey League team (the Dallas Stars). The Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex is one of only twelve American metropolitan areas that hosts sports teams from all the "Big Four" professional leagues.