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As the largest state in the continental United States, Texas makes room for many newcomers each year. If you’re moving to Texas, you’re in luck – from urban delights to small town pleasures, Texas has something for everyone.
Before you make the trip to Texas, use our guide to help you find the right town for your lifestyle.
Bustling Urban Areas
Dallas (along with its close neighbor, Fort Worth), Austin and Houston are three unique Texas metro areas, each with its own culture. Austin, the smallest of the three, is Texas’ capital city and home to the University of Texas. While there’s a political and an intellectual atmosphere, there’s no shortage of ‘after-hours’ fun in this city. Houston, on the other hand, is close to the beach, home to the NASA complex and offers a vibrant multicultural array of museums and sports complexes. Dallas has a thriving business climate and is densely populated with restaurants and shopping outlets.
Blending big city vitality with small town charm, many mid-size cities offer the best of both worlds for those moving to Texas. Waco is a good halfway point between Dallas and Austin. Not only is Waco home to the Waco Hippodrome and Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, it also has three wineries/distilleries making it a great spot for Texas wine lovers.
New Braunfels is also home to the popular Schlitterbahn water park, and both Waco and New Braunfels offer many natural attractions as well as the modern conveniences you’d want from mid-size cities – all nestled within the great atmosphere you can’t find in larger cities.
If you’re looking for a quiet, close-knit community when you move to Texas, a small Texas town may be the answer. Moving to Texas, into a smaller, friendly community such as Tyler or Longview in east Texas can be an escape from hectic schedules and hurried atmospheres. Plus, for the treasure hunters, there are many antique shops tucked into little Texas towns all over the state.
If you enjoy a city ripe with culture, Nacogdoches, originally a Spanish settlement, blends Southern hospitality with south-of-border flavor. Or, if you enjoy a European flair, Fredericksburg and other towns in the Texas hill country have a rich German history.
You might experience a couple of snow days a year in Texas, but unless you live in the Panhandle, that’s a big “might.” Still, Texas homeowners need to make time for energy saving projects because winter weather in Texas is unpredictable – temperatures can fluctuate significantly, changing from 30 degrees one day to 70 degrees the next.
However, for the most part, Texas starts warming up into the 70’s and 80’s as early as March and April and doesn’t usually get cold again until October. During the peak of summer, the sunny days can consistently drive temperatures up over 100 degrees making a reliable HVAC system and trustworthy electricity company like TXU Energy critical.
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