Quality of Life in Texas

Live Life Bigger and Better in Texas

From wide-open spaces to breathtaking skyline views to some of the most dynamic cultural, culinary and recreational opportunities, Texas truly has it all.

“Night and day.” That’s how one CEO described the difference between Silicon Valley and his new Texas headquarters. In Texas, employers and workers alike enjoy low taxes, low housing costs and high-quality education options coupled with a vast range of recreational opportunities. That’s why Texas cities, large and small, continue to attract a diverse group of millennials, families and entrepreneurs. With plenty of cultural offerings at museums, restaurants, music venues and more across the state, we truly do have something for everyone — whether you’re looking for a rural oasis or busy city lifestyle. There’s simply no place in the world that’s quite like Texas.

Find a Better Quality of Life in Texas

You can find the best of city and country in Texas, America’s second-largest state. The geographic diversity of Texas encompasses mountains, desert, coastal beaches, and wide-open prairies. Thriving metropolitan centers like Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, McAllen and El Paso each offer their own distinct character and appeal. It’s no wonder Texas is growing at a rate of 1,000 people per day!

Texas features a vibrant cultural and recreational landscape. From delicious international cuisine to exciting live music to authentic rodeos, Texas has it all.

Texas offers the best of city and country lifestyles, and each region 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. Texas is also renowned for its sporting events, with top college and professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey  teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Houston Texans, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Rangers. Professional soccer is also big in Texas. Teams include FC Dallas, Austin FC, the Houston Dynamo FC and the Houston Dash.

Explore some of the reasons you’ll love life in Texas.

Texas by the Numbers

Those wondering why Texas is the best need only look at some of the rankings we’ve earned:

  • Best Places to Buy a Home – Frisco, Austin, McKinney, Denton, and Allen dominated WalletHub’s list of top six best places in America to buy a home, based on median home price appreciation, affordability, and economic environment.
  • Top States for Business — Texas has ranked in the top 5 states of CNBC’s “Top States for Business” list since 2007, earning the 4th spot for 2021. The rankings listed Texas as #1 for workforce, #3 for access to capital, #5 for economy, and #10 for cost of doing business. Texas was also selected as the #1 State for Business by Chief Executive Magazine in 2021 and recognized as the #1 Exporting State for 20 consecutive years.
  • The Woodlands, Texas — recognized by Niche.com as the #1 Best City to Live in America, #2 Best City to Buy a House in America, #2 Best City to Raise a Family in America, #6 City with Best Public Schools in America, and #7 Best City to Retire in America. Niche also rates Plano, Richardson, and College Station among the top 25 “Best Cities in America.”

Texas Quality of Life Is Second to None

From the robust Texas workforce and education to the fact that we’re a low tax state, residents have a lot to feel good about living here in “the Friendly State.” If you’re looking to relocate to one of the states with the best quality of life, consider Texas, a place where one can truly enjoy all that life has to offer! Contact us to learn more about moving your business to Texas. Our friendly staff members are available to assist you or you can sign up for our e-newsletter to get the latest information about economic development and the Texas economy

Rankings

A man carries a coffee cup outside of Royal Blue Grocery in Austin, Texas.

#1 Best Places to Live in America (Austin)

U.S. News & World Report 2019
An aerial shot of new housing development and neighborhoods in The Woodlands, Texas

#3 Best City to Buy a House in America (The Woodlands)

Niche 2019
A brick home in Waco, Texas

#4 Best City to Buy a House in America (Plano)

Niche 2019
A man speaks to his three colleagues during a meeting while they all hold digital tablets

#23 Cities with the best work-life balance (Lubbock)

Smart Asset 2020
A man paints on a canvas at the annual Crockett Artist Fair party in Fort Worth, Texas

#10 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. (Dallas-Fort Worth)

U.S. News & World Report 2019
Dancers in traditional Mexican dress perform at Fiesta in San Antonio
Diversity in Texas
Texas winery
Texas Palo Duro Canyon
Johnson Space Center
Texas sports
SXSW
  • Culture & Recreation
  • Diversity
  • Culinary Scene
  • Nature
  • Must-See Destinations
  • Sports
  • The Arts
Culture & Recreation
Dancers in traditional Mexican dress perform at Fiesta in San Antonio

A Vibrant Landscape

From delicious international cuisine to exciting live music to authentic rodeos, Texas has it all.

Texas offers the best of city and country lifestyles, and each region 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. Texas is also renowned for its sporting events, with top college and professional teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Houston Texans, San Antonio Spurs and Texas Rangers. Explore some of the reasons you’ll love life in Texas.

Diversity
Diversity in Texas

A Diverse, Global Population

Texas is home to a welcoming, diverse group of citizens that form a larger community. The state continues to attract workers and their families from across the nation and the world.

Texas is among the most ethnically and racially diverse states in the nation. In fact, it was ranked as “the second most diverse state in the nation” overall, according to WalletHub, based on measures of racial and ethnic diversity, linguistic diversity, and industry diversity. The number of languages spoken in Texas homes has grown to more than 160, and of the more than 29 million people in Texas, greater than one-third speak a language other than English at home. Texas is one of four “minority-majority” states, where the majority of the population is of a race other than non-Hispanic white.

The vibrancy and inclusive culture of Texas is a big draw for newcomers to the state.

 

Culinary Scene
Texas winery

Texas Offers Everything for the 'Foodie'

Texas is world-renowned for barbecue and brisket, chili, and Tex-Mex dishes. It’s home to James Beard award-winning chefs and pecan pie vending machines, Dr Pepper and Shiner Bock beer, chicken-fried steak and Frito pie. Top “foodie destinations” in Texas include:

  • Dallas for barbecue
  • Austin for food trucks
  • Houston for burgers and brunches
  • El Paso for tacos
  • San Antonio for fine dining
Nature
Texas Palo Duro Canyon

Breathtaking Views

The sun shines year-round in Texas, known for its long summers and relatively mild winters. Excellent weather is conducive to taking advantage of our state’s stunningly beautiful natural landscapes, which include 191,000 miles of rivers and streams, 2,164 named mountains, 367 miles of coastline, 95 state parks, and 70 working ranches. Explore natural wonders like:

  • Palo Duro Canyon
  • Dinosaur Valley State Park
  • Big Bend National Forest
  • Davis Mountains
  • Padres Island National Seashore
  • High Island and Bolivar Flats
  • The Chihuahuan Desert
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Sam Houston National Forest
  • Lost Maples State Natural Area

Whether you’re a kayaker or horseback rider, mountain climber or beach bum, wildlife watcher or star gazer, natural abundance and tranquility awaits in Texas.

Must-See Destinations
Johnson Space Center

Cultural and Historical Attractions

Tourists and locals frequent popular Texas historical and cultural attractions, such as:

  • The Alamo — a 1700s Franciscan mission, converted into a crucial fort during the Texas Revolution
  • Johnson Space Center — an interactive place to learn about space exploration and NASA missions
  • San Antonio River Walk — a scenic place to dine al fresco, shop, cruise the river, and sightsee
  • The Fort Worth Stockyards — a historic area for rodeos, country concerts, performances, and Wild West shopping
  • Pleasure Pier — Galveston’s beach district, full of fun, games, and amusements
  • Houston’s Museum District — home to the Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Natural Science

 

Sports
Texas sports

Texas Champion Teams

Sports lovers can root for quality teams like the World Series-winning Houston Astros, five-time Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys, six-time NCAA Champion Texas Longhorns, or the five-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. There are Formula 1 and  NASCAR races and PGA golf tournaments, too. College and professional sports add to the overall Texas quality of life ranking.

The Arts
SXSW

Texas Thrives on Creativity

The Arts

The arts contribute $5.5 billion to the Texas economy, with ample music, entertainment and festivals. The creative sector employs 1 in 15 Texans — a number forecasted to increase 20% by 2024. Texas is renowned for being “The Live Music Capital of the World” in Austin, the “Square Dance Capital of the World” in McAllen, and staging music festivals like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits.

 

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