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:
And now for a few things you’ll really love about your move:
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)
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1. “What is the cost of living difference between Texas and California,” Investopedia, http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/100214/what-cost-living-difference-between-texas-and-california.asp
2. “Texas v. California: The Real Facts Behind The Lone Star State’s Miracle,” Forbes, http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/07/03/texas-v-california-the-real-facts-behind-the-lone-star-states-miracle/ (July, 2013)