In the state of Texas there are so many cities it takes a bit of researching to decide on the best one to call home. Because the state occupies such a large geographical area, there are many different types of climate that can be enjoyed by those that move to the state. Diversity of the climate and culture is one reason that Texas is seen as one of the best places to live in America. There are many cities that are popular; here I will outline a few I know about from personal experience or from my fellow Texans, alphabetically:
• Abilene is one of the least expensive cities in the U.S. to live in. It is also strongly family oriented with a small town feel. A thriving artistic community is indicated by all the art you see everywhere.
•Austin, the state’s capital is a total package kind of deal with something for everyone. It is a consistent leading contender on U.S. cities “Best of” lists with its recession-proof economy and steady job market. There are always plenty of entertainment options and fun things to do both indoors and outdoors. Lush landscaping and picturesque countryside delivers natural beauty that keeps it from seeming industrialized. Austinites embrace newcomers making them feel right at home, which is perfect since visitors soon become settlers in this hip, happening and friendly city.
•Arlington boasts a high quality of living at an affordable cost. It is a smaller city within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. It has great neighborhoods and boasts the Cowboys Stadium, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Rangers Ballpark, Lake Arlington, and Six Flags Over Texas amusement park.
•Corpus Christi is a city on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Texas and the gateway to the famous Padre Island National Seashore. If coastal living is preferred Corpus Christi is ideal. The moderate average temperatures enhance the relaxing lifestyle of this beach community. Corpus has a strong economy with its port, Texas A & M University, and tourism.
•Dallas is a large cosmopolitan city, with much to offer. Dallas has a strong financial and industrial center which provides sought after top jobs. Along with finance, technology, and real estate, many residents make a living working in the oil and cotton industries. The DFW area has moderate year-round temperatures in the mid-50s to upper-70s. And for football fans an important feature is the Dallas Cowboys based here, champions of multiple Super Bowls and the most valuable sports franchise in the world.
•Houston, the largest city in Texas, is full of people braving that intense traffic in order to live there and enjoy all that it has to offer. The amenities of shopping, eating and entertainment are always nearby. The museum district is rich with art and history; the best known is the epoch-spanning Menil Collection. Professional sports teams are always playing somewhere in Houston: The Aeros hockey team and Rockets basketball team play in the Toyota Center. The Astros play baseball in Minute Maid Park. The Houston Texans football team plays in Reliant Stadium. Houston Dynamos soccer is at BBVA Compass Stadium. The location of the Bayou City Houston makes for convenient day-trips to Galveston beaches, and Louisiana never seems too far away either.
•San Antonio owes much of its growing population to its low cost of living and safety. No earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes here. Family fun is to be had at SeaWorld, San Antonio Zoo and Fiesta Texas Amusement Park. Other great attractions are the Riverwalk, the historic Alamo, caverns, arts and fine restaurants. The local sports heroes are the Spurs basketball team. It is a rather exciting place to be, and you can also relax. The naturally beautiful hill country and the brush country converge here.
Since there are so many wonderful places to live in Texas, there is sure to be something for everyone that moves to the state. The differences in altitude and climate across the state help to show why it is one of the most diverse places to live in America. No matter what your age, activity level, family makeup, or other factors are, there are plenty of choices for everyone and these are only a few that I have some kind of experience or insider info on. Keep looking, and happy trails until you find that sweet spot in a Texas city to call your own.