If you’re considering moving to (or in) Texas, you’re might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. One quick Google search of the cities in Texas will lead you to a massive list of sixty-eight cities… thirty-eight of which have a population of over 100,000 residents. This, along with the fact that Texas is home to three of the largest cities in the United States –– Dallas and San Antonio and Houston –– makes choosing a place to call home difficult.
Don’t worry. We’ve done the research for you and have highlighted five of the best cities to live in Texas. Some are big and bustling. Some are small and quaint. Regardless, we think you’ll find a city on this list you can call home (oh, and by way of introduction, we’re Bellhops—movers in Texas and elsewhere).
Back in 1991, it was discovered that Austin had more music venues per capita than any other city in the nation. This, along with the fact that 1,900 musicians live in and around the city, is why Austin’s official slogan is the “Live music capital of the world”.
Over the years, the music scene in Austin has only grown in popularity. Some of the largest music festivals in the world are held in Austin every year like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. If you’re familiar with the music festival scene, you’re drooling right now… these are the creme de la creme.
But, besides being the “Live music Capital of the world”, Austin has another unofficial slogan that gives us a peek inside what it is like to live there, “Keep Austin weird”.
The city of Austin is beautiful because it just works in a really weird way. It’s a tiny blue democratic dot in a massive sea of red that is the state of Texas. And, this liberal culture has created the perfect breeding ground for creativity be it in the form of art and music or building the next billion dollar tech startup. Forbes has actually listed Austin as a city that could potentially become the next Silicon Valley.
We love Austin here at Bellhops because, from what we’ve seen, it’s weirdness makes it the perfect city for just about anyone. It’s home to a delicious food scene, endless hiking trails, tons of yoga studios, numerous biking and walking paths, creatives out the wazoo, thousands of music venues and hungry entrepreneurs ready to start the next empire.
We would be remiss if we didn’t include Houston on this list of the best places to live in Texas. As the largest city in the state and the fourth largest in the United States, we wanted to do a bit of digging to understand why over 2,000,000 residents have chosen to call Houston home.
At surface level, it’s easy to understand the draw. The city is home to professional sports teams like the Rockets, the Texans and the Astros and it’s museum district alone draws nearly 7,000,000 people to its city every year. But, besides the “touristy stuff”, what makes Houston so special for the millions of residents that live there?
Well, for one, there’s a lot of opportunity. The only city in the United States to sport more Fortune 500 companies is New York. Houston is home to industry giants like Phillips 66, Sysco, ConocoPhillips, Enterprise Products Partners, Plains All American Pipeline, Halliburton, Waste Management Inc., Kinder Morgan, EOG Partners… the list seems to go on forever.
This opportunity coupled with the fact that Houston has a relatively low cost of living compared to much larger cities makes it a natural choice for professionals. The average rent in Houston is $1,500. That’s a pretty good chunk but when you compare it to Chicago ($1,750), New York ($2,995) and Los Angeles ($3,200)… it’s pretty reasonable to think you’re living in one of the largest cities in the US.
With all that said, we think what truly makes Houston a gem is the city’s diversity. It’s 14 universities have attracted people from all around the world. Houston is home to over 150 different nationalities, which has made it a true melting pot and has given the city’s culture a diverse and vibrant feel.
With well over one million residents, Dallas is the third largest city in Texas which makes it all too fitting that it lands at number three on our list of best places to live Texas.
Dallas is famous for some pretty random claims to fame… like being the birthplace of Barney (yes the big cuddly purple dinosaur) and Bonnie & Clyde (the not so cuddly crime duo). But if adolescent TV shows and vintage criminals aren’t really your thing, Dallas has a lot more to offer, too.
While it is certainly difficult to say just one city in Texas is the food capital of the state… well, Dallas is kind of the food capital of the state. The city boasts more restaurants per capita than New York City (yes you read that correctly) and with its diverse demographic you can enjoy a different cuisine every night of the year. In other words, it’s a foodie’s paradise.
In addition to the food, Dallas isn’t a shabby place for business either. Dallas is home to 18 companies on the Fortune 500 hundred list and 18 billionaires too. No, we aren’t saying that if you move to Dallas you’ll get rich… but we’re not not saying that either.
And, if you’re someone that doesn’t like to stay in one place for long, Dallas is home to one of the largest airports in the United States: The DFW. Sounds legit, right? This is crazy, so brace yourself. Are you braced? The Dallas airport is as large as all of Manhattan. That’s large. Anyway, you’ll enjoy having an international airport right in your backyard and you won’t have any trouble finding a reasonable flight to your next travel destination.
Lastly, Dallas ranks relatively low in terms of rent and housing compared to other major cities in Texas. At a little over $1,100 a month for rent, it’s much cheaper than Houston which sports an average rent of $1,500. So, if you’re looking for cheaper living while enjoying life in a big city, Dallas might be your spot.
Denton is certainly not the first name that pops into people’s heads when they think of Texas. In fact, we imagine there’s a good chance you’ve never even heard of it until now.
The city is home to two universities, The University of North Texas and the Texas Women’s University. Not only do these two universities breathe some vibrant life into the city but they’ve helped turn Denton into a forward-thinking community.
In addition to the city’s progressiveness, the universities have also turned Denton into a tiny music-mecca. With tons of venues scattered across the city and the annual Art & Jazz Festival pulling in a whopping 225,000 visitors every year, you’ll never run out of live music to listen to. Some say Denton’s music scene even rivals Austin and Nashville. But, we will let you be the judge of that.
With that said, we wouldn’t recommend Denton to just anyone. If you’re looking for a bigger city, you’re much better off moving to Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. But, if you’re interested in a smaller city within close proximity to a big city like Dallas, Denton lets you have your cake and eat it too.
With sixty-eight different cities in the state of Texas, it was difficult naming the four best. So, we’ve put together a small list of honorable mentions too. Again, with over 38 cities in Texas with populations of over 100,000 people, it’s safe to say many are popular.
At first glance, San Antonio might look like a bit of a tourist trap. Between the Spurs (five-time NBA champions), The Alamo, Six Flags and the River Walk, over 26 million tourists travel to the city each year. But, is there something in San Antonio for the individual that wants to stay awhile?
San Antonio is a big city with a lot going. And, if you do some digging, you’ll quickly find it’s a city overflowing with culture and history.
Okay, so we just covered the largest city in Texas, let’s take a look at something quite a bit smaller, Lubbock –– a beautiful little gem located in West Texas with a population of 250,000 residents.
Anywhere outside of Texas, Lubbock is probably most known for being the home of the Texas Tech Raiders, a key player in the Big 12. But, besides football hysteria, which seems to run deep all across Texas, what’s so special about Lubbock?
Well, for one, it’s manageable. While San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston are all massive cities and naturally very attractive to newcomers, Lubbock offers more of a small town feel.
Not to mention, Lubbock is actually located on the top of once was the ancient Gulf of Mexico, which means there are two canyons to either side of it. This offers tons of beautiful views, trails, and the lovely Guadalupe Mountains. So, if you’re big on the outdoors, Lubbock might be the spot.
It’s safe to say we are very much for moving to Texas and are confident that no matter what city you choose to reside in, you’ll pretty quickly feel confident calling it home. With that said, we know you can’t go wrong with Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Denton. You just need to decide what you’re looking for. Big city life or something smaller more manageable and bursting at the seams with culture.
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