The Best Places to Live in Texas
Why live in Texas?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 532,000 people moved to Texas from another state in 2016 — an average of 1,400 every day! Why are so many new people calling the Lone Star State home? Economic growth, low taxes and below average cost of living are the biggest draws. It’s a great place to move to find opportunities, raise a family or retire. But since it’s such a big state, how do you narrow down the best place to live? Depending on what you’re looking for, these 10 places would make fantastic hometowns.
Moving to Texas: The best places to call home
Best place for young professionals
Austin's combination of great jobs, low living expenses and attractive entertainment options make it a great place to settle down at any age, but young professionals will definitely feel right at home. With startups like RetailMeNot, Indeed and Home Away making their start in the city, many young entrepreneurs and tech workers may find Austin the perfect spot to create their own businesses. Along with plentiful jobs, Austin has a below-average median home price and fun recreational spots for outdoor adventurers. One of the best areas to explore when living in Austin is Town Lake, also known as Ladybird Lake. You’ll find people running along the waterfront, kayaking or paddle boarding year-round since the weather is almost always warm.
Best places to retire (big city)
For an active retirement, you can’t beat all that San Antonio has to offer. As the 7th largest city in America, there are plenty of fun things to do from professional sports games to family attractions like SeaWorld (great for visiting grandchildren). When living in San Antonio, embrace the local Spanish heritage by visiting the El Mercado, an outdoor market, and celebrating Fiesta San Antonio, a water parade on the River Walk honoring the heroes of the Alamo and San Jacinto. If you’d like to spend time volunteering, several organizations in the area give time to everything from hospice patients to the arts.
Best places to retire (small town)
For a quieter, small-town retirement, Marfa fits the bill. There’s one word used to describe this small town over and over again: odd. It’s a compliment, though! This unlikely destination for Minimalist art is host to galleries, art installations and a vibrant creative community. Whether you want to participate in the arts or just enjoy them, this town welcomes those looking for a unique home.
Best Texas living
You may have heard the saying that things are bigger in Texas. And big is just what Plano delivers. Start with the big Texas Pool, a 168,000 oasis from the Texas heat that’s shaped like the state. Plano provides the best of everything Texan: great shopping at several indoor and outdoor malls, a historic downtown, business headquarters (PepsiCo, Bank of America, Cigna) and access to the DART public transit. It also has some of the lowest crime rates in the state, making it a safe spot for families.
For all the nearby amenities of city living but a quieter environment, Round Rock is a great spot to call home. Near Austin, it provides its own set of features including a waterpark, a minor league baseball team, a quaint downtown, local festivals and athletic leagues. Over the years, Round Rock has acquired many accolades including being named to the Best Affordable Places, Healthiest Cities, Best Places to Start a Family and Safest Cities lists.
Best for diversity and culture
As the center of the oil and gas industry, Houston is the economic headquarters of the area. Because large employers attract people from across the globe, Houston is full of diversity. When living in Houston, you’ll find that the culture is an exciting mix of old and new, and the city is continuously evolving. Unique cultural offerings are found throughout Houston from restaurants to festivals. Enjoy cuisine ranging from South African delicacies like curried beef and sticky toffee pudding to Korean fried chicken and kimchi fries. Local festivals celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, Cajun and Creole cultures, Brazilian Carnival, Mexican Independence and barbecue. There’s something for everyone here.
Best for outdoor living
Located on the Texas coast, Corpus Christi has a plethora of outdoor experiences. From boating and surfing on the ocean, to birdwatching at the Hans Suter Wildlife Park, adventures await at every turn. The Padre Island National Seashore is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world, and it provides opportunities for camping, kayaking, fishing and watching sea turtles hatch.
Best places for entertainment
If you can dream it, you can do it in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro. Here you’ll find big events like world-class concert venues, touring Broadway shows, symphonies and professional sports teams. Or find more intimate entertainment options at a number of live music sites, art galleries and local theaters. If you want something unique, channel the Wild West by watching the Fort Worth Herd, a cattle drive happening twice daily.
Best small town
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this beach town is a great place for families. The city of Rockport has created a recreation area with playgrounds, cabanas, a fitness trail, boat ramps and fishing piers. It’s also a mecca for birdwatchers with a wildlife sanctuary and two wildlife refuges. Goose Island State Park gives seasonal birding tours, so you can learn all about them after moving.
Best place for families
Census estimates show that Frisco is the fastest growing city in the country with 8% growth from 2016 to 2017, and for several great reasons. Home prices are lower than the national average, there are tons of things to do and the schools are ranked well. As a suburb of Dallas, it offers plenty of career and childcare options for working parents. On the weekends, catch a game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco Roughriders, visit Stonebriar Centre for some shopping, and walk around the Texas Sculpture Garden.
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