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What is Texas' appeal?
Cons: Unpleasant weather, lacks natural beauty.
Pros: LCOL; no state taxes.
That makes it like any other place. Why such a die hard fan base? Immigrant here, genuinely curious.

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I grew up in Texas and still live here. I’m not a die hard fan but I haven’t really wanted to live anywhere else. Rent for a 2bd can be half of a studio apartment in the coasts, which frees me up to travel to my heart’s content. Flights to anywhere in the US are 4 hours at most. I absolutely hate the cold so texas winters are the coldest I would want to tolerate. I love having the freedom to drive anywhere. I’d rather sit in traffic in my own car with my own space than to be squished in public transportation. Food here is amazing! People don’t take themselves that seriously and are more laid back and friendly. Every state has their pros and cons, Texans just have our own culture and are obnoxious about it.

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Thank you for such a measured response.

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To set context I am a liberal, immigrant transplant from Chicago to Dallas, with school going kids. It was a tough decision to move, but overall suburban Midwest life is very similar to the Dallas burbs. Cost of living is a bit lower, people are friendly, don’t feel any bias or racism, ample opportunities to participate in social causes or whatever you want to do, etc.
I believe for most people the allure is an easy, comfortable life, good schools, and not many pressures of a city.

Not sure if politics plays a big factor, FWIW
I notice a lot more mixed race couples, and I believe Dallas has a very large LGBT community as well.

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I’m glad to hear some of the positive things you said as a non-native!

It’s funny because I’ve lived in TX for most of life and everyone from outside of TX always things we are racist bigots with accents. But we are like most large cities in the US :p a conglomerate of cultures, views, and people.

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Oh there's natural beauty. Just not near the majority of the states population. Haven't you heard of Big Bend National Park? Austin is in the Hill Country which is itself beautiful.

It's a land of opportunity for a lot of people.

Houston has more culture than anyone from the coasts will ever admit.

The state has a really cool shape and has a stronger state identity than most other states. Part of this I attribute to having a really cool flag.

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Thanks for the recs A1! 🤗

Folks are friendly, great economy, appreciating real estate, no snow, beautiful and diverse people, excellent food scenes all over, conservative values, etc

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Unknowingly I was videotaped in one of his Houston shows!

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Amazing weather if you like crippling humidity/heat in the summer and rain in the winter.

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I nearly died three times in five years from tornadoes living in the northern DFW area in the late 80s. My father just was over it after the third severely damaged house and we moved back East.

I don’t miss the hot summers, thunderstorms, the lack of autumn color, or Texans that act like they know how to drive on the rare icy road. But yeah, the weather’s great.

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I know little about Texas, but it’s almost irrelevant how good it is. In fact, the worse it is, the easier it is to stoke a cult of personality around the thing. Texas is best! Anyone who doesn’t agree can SUCK IT! They just can’t handle how big our toast is!

Etc

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Typically it’s folks from the worst states that always talk about how great it is. Take Alaska for example, everyone wears these ridiculous hoodies that say ‘Alaska Grown’ and half their wardrobes consist of shirts that have the state of Alaska overlaid on Texas with some comment like ‘isn’t Texas cute?’ as if it’s some huge accomplishment that they live in a larger state by land mass...Long story short, Texas is fine. Houston is the worst, but Dallas or Austin are to be excluded from my Texas/Alaska example

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Amazing people, amazing economy, great weather, and tons of outdoor stuff to do if you actually go look for it. There is absolutely natural beauty here. Go west or to Austin.

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Dallas is pretty, but growing up in Austin I do miss being able to go out on the green belt and forgetting I’m in a city.

Value on states rights, interesting history, sheer volume of options from Dallas (metropolitan), Large affordable suburbs, Houston (most diverse city via rankings - yes beats NY), Austin (it’s one thing far different than the rest of the cities), San Antonio (old Texas), Fort Worth (top 13 pop wise but 40 min from Dallas and very cowboy cultured), Gulf access, great hunting, economy,...

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@A2 educating people is a difficult task

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There is no appeal. Please don’t move here.

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Gas is 2:19 in Houston

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1.99 at Costco

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Property taxes are also kind of high, housing stock in suburbs appears to be mostly McMansion type homes of low quality, and Traffic in cities can be pretty horrible since public transport isn’t popular.

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Agree traffic sucks - but compared to any other similar sized city, it’s about the same. Also agree on taxes, but at the same time those taxes contribute to having some great public schools. I moved outwards so I could have a little more land and the schools in Katy are some of the best anywhere. There is always going to be some give and take...

Too many people and companies are already flocking to and relocating to Texas... if you don’t like it here, fine by me. I’ll let you have California.

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California refugee here. God bless Texas

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Ingrained state pride, mostly. I like Texas but it's nowhere near as amazing as natives claim it to be.

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Oh goodness no! Hudson Valley.

Jersey gets such a bum rap but it's so much fun to make fun of.

Our weather is great like 8 months of year. Summer can be hot yes. But I’d rather have 4 months of heat versus 4 months of unbearable cold

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I love Texas! Wish I could move there from the east coast. Houston and Dallas super diverse and the food scenes are awesome. Not to mention liberal pew pew laws!

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Lived in NYC, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Houston and Dallas. I plan on moving back to TX when I marry and settle down. Texas is quite special, culturally.

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SM2 - I deleted my last comment because I feel it's not worth pointing it out. Spread peace V

Texas beurkkkk. California is full, expensive COL blabla ... but there is nowhere like CA my brother or sister. Yes I am willing to pay MORE to not be close to small mind conservaSh... people tend to more friendly in Tx at first but it is just hypocrisy. CA is real diversity, CA is the US period.
Love you all.

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hmmm...K5 just used multiple blanket statements to describe a whole state, then proceeded to hyperbolize the state he/she prefers onto the entire US - that isn’t small-minded at all...

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Austin is awesome. All you need to do is visit and you’ll know

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Also, Texas has Hank Hill. That counts for something I'll tell you what.

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No matter how you feel politically, you can't deny that they have some of the friendliest and nicest people in the US. Its the only state where I've done work where clients have invited the entire engagement team to their home for dinner. It happened multiple times at different clients. Never had that anywhere else.

People are genuine and for better or worse you know what they are thinking. Cost of living is great and the work life balance it's good because everyone is so family oriented.

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