Texas is a land of ongoing success and endless opportunity; Texans aren't too shy about telling people about it, either. It's not bragging if it's true, however, and the Lone Star State’s winning mix of low taxes, reasonable regulatory structure, fair court system and world-class workforce has been paying dividends in terms of press recognition, economic rankings and, most importantly, good jobs for hard-working Texans. Here is just some of the evidence supporting Texans’ contention that the Lone Star State is the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family.
How Texas Measures Up
Texas Enterprise Fund: Attracting New Jobs and Investments to Texas
Spotlight on Texas
April 14, 2011 - California Assembly Member Dan Logue - Chair, Caucus Task Force on Jobs and Economic Recovery
Texas is the first, and so far only, state to meet all the American Diploma Project's five key college and career readiness measures, Achieve, a national bipartisan organization, announced today.
In a report called Closing the Expectations Gap, Achieve said "Texas has the most comprehensive approach to college and career ready accountability."
This year's survey found that Texas was the only state that met all the accountability measures that were determined as necessary to assess college and career readiness. Those include publicly reporting the percentage of students who graduate from high school with a college and career ready diploma, which in Texas means graduating on the Recommended High School Program or Distinguished Achievement Program.
Forbes has ranked Texas as having one of the lowest debt burdens in the country compared to the other 49 states. Texas ranked fourth overall behind Utah, New Hampshire and Nebraska, and was the best among the large states.
“This Forbes ranking is further proof why the Lone Star State is the best place to live, work and raise a family, and other states could learn from Texas’ economic success,” Gov. Perry said. “Thanks to our low taxes, reasonable and predictable regulations, skilled workforce, and disciplined spending, we have created a strong economic environment without racking up millions of dollars of burdensome debt.”
More individuals and families chose to settle deep in the heart of Texas than anywhere in the United States in 2009, according to Allied Van Lines' 42nd Annual Magnet States Report released today.
For the fifth year in a row, Texas outshined every other state and took the lead as the No. 1 destination state in 2009 based on Allied's report, which tracks U.S. migration patterns.
Texas realized the highest net relocation gain (inbound moves minus outbound moves performed by Allied Van Lines, one of the world's largest moving companies) of almost 2,000 in 2009, slightly higher than last year's gain of about 1,900. Arizona placed second with a net relocation gain of 566, followed closely by North Carolina in third place with a gain of 564. Colorado and Florida placed fourth and fifth respectively for states with the largest net relocation gains.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 California Should Copy Texas - Investor's Business Daily
California: While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worries about rising seas, his state sinks below the waves. Don't mess with Texas, they say. But California and the nation could follow its lead. (December 08, 2009 Investor's Business Daily)
Thursday, December 03, 2009 Texas Ranked as a Top State for Entrepreneurs - SBEC
The Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council (SBEC) has ranked Texas in the top three states for small business and entrepreneurship in their Small Business Survival Index 2009: Ranking the Policy Environment for Entrepreneurship Across the Nation. The index includes comparisons of state competitiveness based on factors including regulatory costs, government spending, property rights, health care and energy costs. (December 03, 2009 Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council (SBEC))
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Texas Metros Top Best Performing Cities According to Milken Institute
Several Texas metro areas have been ranked in the top spots of the 2009 Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate Partners Best Performing Cities Index. The Lone Star State claimed four of the top five spots, including number one, and nine of the top 16 spots. (November 11, 2009 Milken Institute)
Thursday, October 29, 2009 Trends Magazine- America's Future: California vs. Texas
Texas created 70 percent of all the new jobs in the United States in 2008, and it has a budget surplus. No wonder it's the fastest-growing state in America, with 150,000 new residents arriving each year. Houston promises to become the nation's third-largest city in the near future, edging out Chicago for that spot. And 3 of the 10 largest cities in the United States are already in Texas – Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. (October 29, 2010 Trends)
Thursday, October 15, 2009 MSNBC and Moody's list seven Texas metropolitan areas among first to recover from recession
MSNBC.com and Moody’s Economy have announced that the Austin-Round Rock, Brownsville-Harlingen, Dallas-Plano-Irving, El Paso, Lubbock, McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr and San Antonio areas are among the first in the nation to move from recession into recovery, indicating that their economies have grown over the past six months. (October 15, 2009 MSNBC, Moody's and CNN Money)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Texas Ranks No. 2 on the 2009 Inc. 500 List
Texas Ranks No. 2 on the 2009 Inc. 500 list for the number of fastest-growing private companies located within the state. The Inc. 500 list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy -- America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. (August 18, 2009 Inc.)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Washington view: Texas economy shining brightly despite recession
The federal government is borrowing a trillion dollars to fund its massive stimulus plan, California is broke, the feds have taken over car companies and banks, and the national unemployment rate is 9.5 percent and rising. Nevertheless, bills moving through Congress would spend an additional $1 trillion on health care reform — an expenditure President Obama says is crucial to the nation's economic recovery. This, say supporters, is the only way to return the U.S. to prosperity.
Really? Perhaps they should take a look at what's happening in Texas. (August 11, 2009 Columbian.com)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 National Review: Going Alamo: Why jobs and companies are flocking to a big small-government state
If you want to know where the future is headed, look where the people are going. And if you want to know where the people are going, check with U-Haul. Here's an interesting indicator, first noted by the legendary economist Arthur Laffer: Renting a 26-foot U-Haul truck to go from Austin to San Francisco this July would cost you about $900. Renting the same truck to go from San Francisco to Austin? About $3,000. In the great balance of supply and demand, California has a large supply of people who are demanding to move to Texas. There's a reason for this. (July 14, 2009 National Review)
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 Texas wins 2009 Best Business Climate ranking
Texas was declared the winner of the coveted Best Business Climate ranking from Business Facilities Magazine, which covers a range of critical development factors including cost of labor, incentives, infrastructure and tax climate. The Lone Star State, which has continued to show solid growth even in a shrinking economy, edged out business-friendly South Dakota and Wyoming, and the emerging economic development powerhouse Utah, to grab the top spot. (July 1, 2009 Business Facilities Magazine)