Houston was ranked second, San Antonio and Austin were fourth and fifth, Dallas came in seventh and Fort Worth, 10th.
And in terms of percentage growth, San Marcos was listed with the fastest growth in the U.S. – a 4.9 percent increase.
According to a BBC News report, the No. 1 reason is jobs.
“The unconventional oil and gas boom has helped turn Texas into an economic juggernaut, particularly world energy capital Houston, but growth has also been strong in tech, manufacturing and business services,” a university professor said.
It’s cheaper to live in Texas, he added, noting that a paycheck goes a lot farther in Houston than in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.
Land is cheaper here, too. It’s much faster and easier to construct homes in Texas and this state did not suffer the recent housing market crash.
Texas also has low taxes – one of only seven states where residents pay no personal state income tax.
As previously mentioned, Texas has many big cities, six of the nation’s top 20. Far from the caricature, it’s not all cactus and wide-open spaces.
Several people cited that they love Austin because it’s, well, weird. “It’s hip,” “the nightlife is great” with an emphasis on nature and “keeping it environmentally friendly.”
In addition, the Lone Star State has been cited as family-friendly with reasonable mortgages, pretty good schools and family style restaurants.
“Texas is liberal in the classic sense, it’s laissez-faire, so there’s a lack of regulations,” an author said, citing fewer rules as another attraction.
He also claimed Texans are normal people, easy to get along with, not the stereotypical images of gunslingers with oil wells gushing in every back yard.
And we’re not going anywhere. Most native Texans and new arrivals prefer to stick around.
It certainly helps when we’ve been blessed with beneficial rains, helping green up fields and pastures, as we head into the summer heat.
Some may disagree with Gov. Rick Perry’s recent tours of California and Illinois, heavily Democratic states with two of the worst economic records in the country.
However, it’s hard to argue with his message to business leaders there to move to Texas, as he said, “We keep our taxes low, our regulations reasonable and effective. We’ve implemented lawsuit abuse reforms and cultivated a world-class workforce.”
In ranking after ranking, Texas is at the top for business climate, fastest growing cities and job growth. California and Illinois are at the bottom.
As the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum exhibit noted, “It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true.”
– Chip Latcham