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10 Things to Know and Love About Moving from California to Austin

10 Things to Know and Love About Moving from California to Austin


So, you’re thinking of moving from California to Austin, huh?  You wouldn’t be the first or the last, and that’s okay, because Texans are generally pretty friendly and welcoming people.  Of course, moving to a new location can be daunting, so let me put you at ease.  You see, Texas is not all that different from California, so you will get to enjoy some things you’re already accustomed to:

Diverse population

Liberal hotspot

An abundance of sunny days

In & Out – yes, we have them!

Trader Joe’s – and those, too!

Natural Beauty

An array of outdoor activities

And now for a few things you’ll really love about your move:

The cost of living!

Affordable housing!

No income tax!

According to MIT, an individual has to earn 27.8% more income to earn a living wage in California than in Texas. Housing is the largest single expense category in MIT's calculation; it is also the area where Texans see the largest advantage. Housing costs are an impressive 54.2% higher in the Golden State than in the Lone Star State. The difference is more pronounced for larger families, where normal housing expenses for two adults and three children are 71% higher for Californians.(1)

Most importantly, California and Texas, alike in many ways, have diametrically opposed public policies. California’s state and local tax burden ranks as America’s 4th-highest compared to Texas at 45th.  California taxes a 42 percent larger share of state income than does Texas, California’s restrictive energy policies discourage oil extraction, even though it has the largest proven shale oil reserves in the nation; while its industrial electrical rates are 88 percent higher than in Texas.(2)


We’re native Texans and longtime Austinites.  Contact us for help in finding the perfect new home for you and your family.


1. “What is the cost of living difference between Texas and California,” Investopedia,


2. “Texas v. California: The Real Facts Behind The Lone Star State’s Miracle,” Forbes, (July, 2013)

Comment balloon 2 commentsLaura Ivy Blessing 512-789-5087 • April 30 2015 06:25AM


Laura Ivy Blessing 512-789-5087 You are 'killing' us with this blog post. So true about the home affordability!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) about 5 years ago

What an informative post, I'm glad I came across it among the archives. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) about 4 years ago