Quality of Life

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 experiences 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.

Rankings

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#1 Best Places to Live in America (Austin)

U.S. News & World Report 2019
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#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
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#23 Cities with the best work-life balance (Lubbock)

Smart Asset 2020
A man paints yellow and red designs on a canvas at the annual pARTy on Crockett artist fair in Fort Worth, Texas.

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

U.S. News & World Report 2019
A group of friends gather at Zilker Park to throw a football in Austin, Texas
A woman dances in a traditional Mexican dress on Cinco De Mayo in Texas
  • Culture & Recreation
  • Diversity
Culture & Recreation
A group of friends gather at Zilker Park to throw a football in Austin, Texas

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 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
A woman dances in a traditional Mexican dress on Cinco De Mayo 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. 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.

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