Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Texas Brags: What Others Are Saying

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 has taken an approach that is as simple as it is revolutionary.
Texas has taken an approach that is as simple as it is revolutionary.

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  • Thursday, February 06, 2014
    Texas Ranked Top Exporting State for 12th Consecutive Year
    Texas has again been ranked the number one exporting state in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau, making it the 12th consecutive year Texas has held this position. The state's export revenues for 2013 amounted to nearly $279.7 billion, up 5.4 percent from the previous year and outpacing U.S. export growth.
  • Tuesday, January 07, 2014
    Best Cities for Job Seekers
    Texas tops NerdWallet.com Best Cities 4 Jobs Seekers list, Austin (#1) Fort Worth (#3), San Antonio (#10), Dallas (#13), Arlington (#16) & Houston (#18)
  • Friday, December 20, 2013
    Dallas Federal Reserve CEO Praises Texas Economy
    Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, yesterday praised the economic successes of the Lone Star State in his annual update on the Texas economy.
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    Milken Institute Names Texas Cities Best Performing in 2013
    The Milken Institute has named Austin the best performing city in its annual ranking of metropolitan areas, and recognized Dallas and Houston in the top 10. Seven of the report's top 25 best-performing cities in 2013 are in Texas.
  • Monday, November 25, 2013
    Texas Sees Continued Job Growth
    Texas remains a national leader in job creation, adding 43,800 new jobs in two months according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission last week. The unemployment rate in October fell to 6.2 percent, declining for the third consecutive month and well below the national rate of 7.3 percent. From October 2012 to October 2013, the state added a total of 267,400 new jobs.
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    Texas Cities Best in Job Creation, Economic Strength
    Texas cities continue to catch the attention of national business and economic publications for their economic strength and job creation, taking top marks in recent rankings by Forbes and The Business Journals.
  • Thursday, October 03, 2013
    ICYMI: Texas Best in Global Trade
    Texas has been named the top state for global trade by Global Trade Magazine. The Lone Star State, which has led the nation in exports for 11 consecutive years, beat out Florida and California for top honors in the magazine's annual survey.
  • Friday, September 27, 2013
    S&P Raises Texas to Highest AAA Credit Rating
    S&P's decision to raise Texas' credit rating to AAA is no accident, but further proof that the Texas model of conservative fiscal discipline is a key element of our strong economy, and a stark contrast to the out-of-control spending and rising debt ceilings of Washington, D.C. In Texas, we adhere to the powerful combination of keeping taxes low and government spending in check, ensuring Texas remains the best place in the country to live, work, raise a family and build a business. - Governor Perry
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    ICYMI: Texas Again Named Top State for Doing Business
    Texas has been named the top state for doing business for the third year in a row by Area Development Magazine. With its proven model of success, the Lone Star State continues to dominate the national conversation on job creation and economic prosperity.
  • Monday, September 09, 2013
    Texas is Top State for Global Trade
    Texas’ success is no doubt a sum of its parts. Its excellent infrastructure—punctuated by ports belonging to the “Top” cities and others such as Port Arthur and Galveston—its commitment to low regulatory burdens and the wealth of global enterprises already established among its many cities all make the state the undisputed frontrunner for global trade.
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013
    ICYMI: Business Facilities Names Texas Best Business Climate
    Business Facilities magazine has again ranked Texas as the country's Best Business Climate, adding to a long list of national accolades for the economic principles that have helped the Lone Star State lead the nation in job creation.
  • Friday, August 16, 2013
    SA Business Journal: Texas employment grows by nearly 20,000 jobs in July
    The Texas economy added 19,900 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs during the month of July, and another 293,000 jobs since July 2012.
  • Monday, August 12, 2013
    Highest Ratings for Texas Short-Term Notes
    Wall Street ratings firms have given their highest ratings to this year’s Texas Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs). These annual, one-year notes are sold to help fund school payments and manage cash flow between the start of a fiscal year and the arrival of tax revenue later in the year.
  • Wednesday, August 07, 2013
    Forbes: Austin Heads List of Best Cities For Job Growth
    Texas Dominates Forbes' 10 Best Cities For Future Job Growth List with 7 out of 10 cities.
  • Friday, August 02, 2013
    Forbes: Texas Leads The Low Tax Pack
    Everything is bigger in Texas, or so the saying goes. Whatever the case, no one can make the argument the good people of the Lone Star State are “all-hat-and-no cattle.” Undoubtedly, they are doing something right, and other states, like neighboring New Mexico, are taking notice.