14562 days ago
For years my wife and I sought out a great place to raise our family. We probably spent well over 300 hours on Google searching for great areas and searching “X” area Vs. California.
At the top of my list was Nicaragua, Belize, & Ecuador. My wife though wasn’t ready to move out of the country and become expats, so we ended up settling on the closest thing to moving out of country, the state of Texas.
Over the past few years we have traveled to Nevada, Washington, Florida, and Texas looking for a possible tax friendly state to reside in if we didn’t move out of the country. By the way, we never told anyone we were seriously looking to leave the U.S., seeing how our family responded to Texas, I can’t even imagine how much people would have freaked out if we left the empire altogether.
So anyways, after taking the time to visit the no income tax* states, here is how we finally came to Texas.
- Warm Climate
- Green & Lush
- Water Everywhere
- Quality Housing
- Business Friendly Environment
- Country Living 20 Minutes from a Major City
- 2.5 Hour Flight to California (visit family)
So after being in Texas for 45 days,
I wanted to offer up my own Texas Vs. California review.
Let’s talk weather…Okay, so for all of you Californians who live in Newport Beach and Carlsbad, good for you, your weather is officially better than Texas. You have the bragging rights and there simply is no comparison.
Now, to those of you who are like me, raised in the inland part of California like Riverside, San Bernardino, and East L.A. county, I am sorry, but you are not living in that perfect California weather you have been told about. Compared to Texas, you don’t have much to brag about. It’s hot in Texas during the summer months…and guess what, it’s hot where you live too.
The difference is that Texas is scenic, the 3 counties I mentioned above are not. Sure you have the Foothill mountains that you can see sometimes on a clear day, but for the most part, the smog in East L.A. County and San Bernardino is brutal. The view coming down the 15 freeway into Rancho Cucamonga would shock most of the Inland Empire and East L.A. County residents as to just how bad their air quality is.
What surprised me the most living in Texas is that from El Paso, to San Antonio, to Austin, to Dallas, and on to Houston, this place is green, green, green! It is like a never ending tree paradise. Even in the cities and suburbs, your surrounding isn’t concrete & grass dependent on sprinklers. In Texas, it’s lush green trees & meadows, with maybe even a few long horns grazing in the distant background. Being here in Texas really made me understand just how artificial the inland part of California really is, and how you almost forget about nature living in those concrete suburbs where those small front yards with grass is your only escape.
As far as other things like the economy, housing affordability, and jobs, Texas is the real deal. The government is a lot more business friendly than the Socialist Republic of California. In California it takes up to 5 years to build a mall, here in Texas, try 6 months!
Tech, energy, and healthcare jobs lead the way, so don’t let anyone fool you into thinking Texas is delivering low paying jobs. Jobs are being created across the board; and honestly lower paying jobs go a lot further here in Texas with nice sized homes in the $100,000 range. Everything is cheaper, from gas to your water bill, Texans are loving life.
To add to this economic boom, Texans pay NO state income tax.
Homes here in Texas are on larger lots for the most part, are almost all made up of 3 sides stone or brick, and 1 side paneling. My house is on 1 acre, has a total of 3,516 square feet, and my purchase price was for less than a small condo in California. Texas does have higher real estate taxes. but it’s a total wash considering the home prices are dramatically lower here.
Texas, like California, is very diverse, with minorities being the majority of the population. The only reason I bring this up is because if you think like most Californians do, that Texas is a bunch of rednecks with a dash of racism, it’s just not here, sorry. People here are extra friendly and that includes while driving on the roads.
Both California and Texas have plenty of theme parks, fun activities, and outdoor trips, so both are probably equal in that sense. Although California does have Disneyland and a bluer ocean, but let’s be real, most Californians not living next to the beach rarely ever visit it anyway. But remember, in Texas there is access to water no matter where you go; lakes, rivers, and streams throughout, water activities are more abundant here than in California.
The biggest downside to Texas is the bugs, Texas has more bugs since it’s a much more natural setting than the desert turned concrete jungle of East L.A. County and the Inland Empire. Texas bugs are also larger, a big surprise for us is that their ants all bite, doesn’t matter if they are red, black, small or large, these suckers are looking for a fight.
While making the initial transition here, Texas smog checks are $15 vs. $55 in Cali, registration is a flat fee of around 50 bucks a year, and your gas is cheaper, along with utility bills. Even a 3,000 square foot house running the AC all day never has a bill over $300.
When it comes to future opportunity, obviously the jobs growth is present, but with lower housing, there is also plenty of potential for someone to build more wealth or increase their income from owning investment property. Lower office building rents can also contribute to new businesses having additional breathing room during their first year of operation.
- If you are young and can leave California to come to Texas, I think it will be the best decision of your life.
- Homeowners in California, I suggest you take all that dead equity in your home, sell it, and own something outright here in Texas.
- Rich people, instead of being treated as a dairy cow, you will be treated as an honored citizen who is bringing more jobs.
- Poor people, look, if you want welfare, stick with California, but if you want a job, I guarantee you will find one here, there are “help wanted” signs everywhere. And in addition to tech & energy, there are plenty of construction related jobs here as well.