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Low State Taxes Ranking: 6
Low Cost of Living Ranking: 3
State Economy Ranking: 5
|Average Temperatures (Austin):
The Short of It
The state of Texas is brought to you by the following awesome OFB readers:
1) Rebecca F. // 2) Miranda // 3) Stefanie R. // 4) Kristan // 5) Tiffany // 6) Amanda H. //
7) Lindsay H. // 8) Dave G. // 9) Jodi T.
What food best represents Texas?
- Tex-Mex 1, 2, 3, 6,
- BBQ 4, 7, 8, 9
- Steak 5
What song best represents Texas?
- If It Wasn’t for Texas – George Strait 2
- God Bless Texas – Little Texas 3, 6
- You Ain’t Met My Texas Yet – Josh Abbott Band 4
- Deep in the Heart of Texas 5
- I Like Texas – Pat Green 8
How does TX refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Coke 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9
- Soda 7
If you could take a friend to one place in TX, where would it be?
- Marfa, Texas 1
- San Antonio 3, 9
- Hill country! Wildflowers, gorgeous trees, rolling hills — perfection! 4
- Austin 8 Food trucks 5 On a Saturday Night 6
- Enchanted Rock 7
View from Enchanted Rock (photo by catierhodes)
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about TX?
- We’re all Republicans. 1
- That we all wear boots and ride horses (although you will see that here). That we’re all hardcore conservative Republicans and we just LOVE ‘Dubya’. That all the women love their big hair and bigger bling. That we all own guns (we do have a lot though). That we all have thick accents and say “Y’all”. (Okay, that one might be true…) That we all love country music and know how to two-step and square dance. That we all own some type of livestock. That we all love football and hold Friday nights second only to the sacredness of Sunday mornings. That we’re all devout Christians who aren’t accepting of other faiths. That all anybody eats is BBQ. We have some vegans and vegetarians but we’re working on that problem now… 😉 2
- Everyone rides a horse to work, wears a cowboy hat, have beauty-pageant sized hair and has an oil well in the backyard. 4, 6, 8, 9
- A lot of people assume Texas is full of gun-toting conservatives, cacti, oil wells, and flat dry land. In all honesty, those assumptions are entirely incorrect, but they don’t apply to the entire state. Texas is HUGE and diverse regionally. In Austin, where I live, we’re in the heart of Hill Country. The land is hardly flat… we have beautiful rolling hills, canyons, rivers and lakes. Austin is also a liberal oasis in a conservative state. You’ll find more tattooed musicians, vegans, triathletes, and crafty artists here than you will BBQ-obsessed, camo-clad southerners. 7
Best aspect about living in TX?
- The people. We’re real friendly. The mild winters. You’ll never have to shovel snow and if there is even 1 inch of sleet on the ground, it is perfectly acceptable to call into work. You’re kids with also not have to go to school that day either. The variety. You can find almost anything in this state. The pride. People from Texas are in love with their home state and aren’t afraid to let others know (some to a fault). The culture. It often surprises visitors. The music. We’ve been lucky to cultivate some amazing musicians and singers over the years (and not just country). The history. The attractions. We have professional teams out the wazoo. You’ll find amusement parks, world class museums, major concerts year-round, an epic state fair, top rated restaurants, etc. You won’t be bored. The great outdoors (lakes, rivers, hiking and biking trails, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf). The food. Oh, the food. If you need more convincing…. 50 Sure Signs that Texas is Actually Utopia. 2
- I would say the family-friendly atmosphere. The huge employment opportunities, low-cost of living (my 1700 sq. foot home cost $116,000), great dining and entertainment, unique shopping, award-winning schools and public parks, and the ability to say that you’re a Texan. 3
- It’s got a little bit of everything! Gorgeous scenery, whether you want mountains (west Texas), beach (Galveston/South Padre), hills (central Texas), or endless flat landscape with nothing for miles (most of west/northwest Texas). The food is fabulous, and if you’ve never had Tex-Mex, you’ve never lived. Also, I love all the history that our state has — I mean, how many states legitimately used to be a sovereign nation of their own? 4
- High income & low living costs, friendly people, easy to drive around all the major cities. 5
- There’s so much to see! Every region is special. We have beaches, hills, deserts, and forests all in one state. The best aspect of Austin specifically, in my opinion, is the variety of outdoor recreation available. And all so accessible! On any given weekend, you’ll find my boyfriend and I hiking, swimming, climbing, biking or paddle-boarding. I LOVE that I live in a city where I can be rock climbing on the Greenbelt not 10 minutes after leaving work. 7
Worst aspect about living in TX?
- THE HEAT! Especially during the summer. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
- The weather extremes! Crazy high temps in the summer (usually up to 110) and we can have some pretty extreme winters as well, with freezing temperatures accompanied not by snow, but by ice and howling winds… or maybe that’s just my part of Texas 😉 4
- Texas is BIG, so you have to get used to driving long distances. I grew up on the East Coast, and I definitely miss being able to hop in a car and arrive in New York City 4 hours later. In Texas, 4 hours will get you to… Texas. 7
- Property taxes surprise some people, but you get a lot for your money versus some other states. 8
- THE FACT THAT WE DON’T ALL RIDE HORSES TO WORK/SCHOOL/SAN ANTONIO. 9
Summarize your feelings about Texas in five words.
- Cool but looking for new. 1
- Texas, I love you! (LOTS) 2
- Everything is bigger in Texas. 3
- The best state ever, period. 4
- I’m always drawn back here. 5
- Nowhere else can be home! 6
- Creative, diverse, affordable, proud, united. 7
- Big, friendly, diverse, proud, independent. 8
- Love it. Born and Bred. 9
Our Freaking Take
WOAH Nelly! That there is quite the raving review. Either this state’s reviewers are freaking persuasive or Texas is amaze-balls. Regardless, I think we’re pretty sold. From the objective stats (notice that all of the economic rankings are green and the weather are orange/red?!… that’s our kinda state) to the subjective responses, we’re ready to pack up the truck and pick out our horses. I’ll admit, I was pretty disappointed to have my “everyone rides horses — even horses ride horses” perception popped. Joanna and I have never visited the state, so it’s high time for us to get down there and pay a visit. For those keeping score at home, Texas is probably #1 on our forever place candidate list now. Time will tell if another contender steps up during the 50 State Project and messes with Texas.
How did these answers line up with your perception of Texas? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?