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"Texas is America's America, where Americans go when they need a fresh start. And a little more Texas could go a long way."
- Tyler Cowen
"Why the Lone Star State is America's Future," TIME Magazine

The Lone Star State continues to attract businesses and workers from across the nation and around the world to take advantage of its comparatively low cost of living and dynamic cultural and recreational opportunities. There's simply no place in the world that's quite like Texas.

Low Cost of Living, High Quality of Life: "Night and day." That's how one CEO described the difference between Silicon Valley and his new Texas headquarters. In Texas, employers and talent alike enjoy low taxes, a low cost of housing and a high quality of education coupled with a vast range of recreational opportunities.

A Vibrant Cultural and Recreational Landscape: Texas offers the best of city and country lifestyles and each city has something unique to offer. The state is home to hundreds of barbecue restaurants, wineries, live music venues and museums, plus more than 90 state parks, 191,000 miles of rivers and streams, 624 miles of coastline and more than 70 working ranches. The state is renowned for its sporting events, with top college and professional teams including the Houston Astros, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys.

A Diverse Population: Texas is among the most ethnically and racially diverse states in the nation. The number of languages spoken in Texas homes has grown to more than 160-and of the 26.9 million people in Texas, more than a third speak a language other than English at home. Texas is also one of four "minority-majority" states—where the majority of the population is of a race other than non-Hispanic white.

The Nation's Leader in Talent Attraction: There are few states that can match the Lone Star State's current job opportunities, growth and residential quality of life. That's why Texas cities, large and small, continue to attract millennials, families and entrepreneurs. In fact, Forbes recently named Texas the best state in the nation for talent attraction and more people moved to Texas in 2016 than any other state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Whether you live in a major metro area or in a small town, Texas is a great place to do business and build a home. The state is one of the most business-friendly in the United States, with low taxes, a low cost of housing and a high quality of education. Texas is home to the largest medical center in the nation and the #2 cancer center; 3 of the most affordable cities are in Texas. Four of our cities rank in the top 10 big cities for home ownership; Texas’ six largest cities have a cost of living below the national average of 100.  There are few states that can match the Lone Star State’s current job opportunities, growth and residential quality of life. It’s no wonder Texas continues to reign as the nation's top ‘domestic migration destination’.

From entertainment and arts to music and food, the Texas culture is one of a kind. Though Texas is known for petroleum development and agriculture, we are home to hundreds of barbecue restaurants, wineries, live music venues and museums, and each city has something unique to offer. The Houston Grand Opera, San Antonio’s The Alamo, and the Dallas Museum of Art are just a few examples of Texas’ diversity. Our state capital, Austin, houses one of the largest music festivals in the nation, and the city consistently sits atop Forbes' annual list of the best cities for jobs. It is the third fastest-growing city in the nation, and one of the largest film conferences, South by Southwest, calls Austin home.

 

Sports rule in Texas, and the state is renowned for its sporting events, with professional teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs. College sports are just as popular in the state, with big teams like the Texas Aggies and Longhorns. Seven pro golf tournaments are held each year, and there are more than 650 courses. Austin hosts the annual Circuit of the Americas (the only F1 competition in America) and Texas Motor Speedway north of Fort Worth runs two NASCAR races each year. Texas fields two Major League Soccer teams and more than 1,000 running events and triathlons.

Texas is an immense state second only to Alaska in size, and boasts more than 90 state parks, 191,000 miles of rivers and streams, 624 miles of coastline and more than 70 working ranches. The Rio Grande Valley is the country’s #1 bird watching perch and lovely Tyler, Texas cultivates America’s largest municipal rose garden.

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With its historical, cultural and natural wonders, Texas is the No. 3 tourist destination in the country. Divided into seven geographic regions, Texas is home to a wide variety of travel opportunities; from different landscapes and diverse cities, to music, sports, ranches and rodeos. Take a look for yourself

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