While you may have your heart set on moving to Texas, you are going to need to get your family on board with the move to Texas as well. Of course, Texas has so much to offer like the great outdoors, a bustling economy, a fantastic quality of life, a lower cost of living, and lots to do. There are plenty of compelling reasons to choose Texas as your new home state, but it is essential to understand your family’s preferences, your family dynamics, and your family values when it comes to making the move. Read on to learn more about how to convince your family that they should consider moving to Texas. 

Family friendly communities. When you’re looking for the best place to relocate in Texas, you’ll want to research and locate safe and thriving neighborhoods. Families may want to seek out areas with the best school districts, amenities, parks, and activities available. If you value close-knit communities, many cities and towns in Texas offer a friendly and welcoming way of life, which adds to an overall sense of belonging. There are quite a few great communities like this in Texas; the Texas Economic Development Connection can help you find the best family-oriented towns.

Economic benefits. Money can’t buy everything, but the high affordability of housing, groceries, and utilities in Texas can truly help to improve your family’s quality of life. The booming economy in Texas is strong and promising, with its diverse industries and great potential for career growth and job opportunities. 

Opportunities to be outside. Warm weather and sunshine allows for a lot of outdoor activities all over the great state of Texas. Summers are hot and sunny, falls and springs are beautiful, and winters are relatively mild. There is a great variety of landscapes to enjoy in Texas—from beaches to mountains to deserts. There are also fun attractions like unique historical sites, theme parks, museums, aquariums, zoos, and bustling cities. 

The sports scene. Sports are a way of life in many parts of Texas. There are several popular professional sports teams including the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texas, the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, and the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Wings, Austin FC and Houston FC, and more. For families with young athletes, there are plenty of opportunities for sports at school, in rec leagues, and even for travel and club teams in all kinds of sports.  

A hub of higher education. If you have college-bound kids, take a look at all of the top-ranked institutions of higher education in Texas. This could be beneficial to both your academic pursuits as well as your children’s. Many schools in Texas are in the bigger cities like Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, El Paso, Corpus Christi, and Austin. There are great public and private options for higher ed in Texas. Fun fact: the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M are two of the largest universities in the United States. 

Good food. One great thing to do as a family is gather around a table. Tex-Mex cuisine is one way to get your kids excited for a move to Texas. Flavorful dishes like breakfast tacos, chili con carne, brisket, queso, fajitas, famous Texas style barbecue, and Gulf Coast seafood are just some of the delicious options you’ll find for dining in the Lone Star State. The food scene is always evolving in Texas with new trends, new restaurants, food trucks, and even local farmers’ markets. 

Music is life. Live music brings people together in Texas. Two famous festivals—Austin City Limits and South by Southwest—feature some of the greatest performers as well as up and coming artists each year. Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” This is just one example of the vibrant musical culture in Texas. While country, blues, and honky tonk may be popular, rock, hip-hop, punk, and electronic music performances can all be found in Texas too.   

Are you ready to move your family to Texas? Be sure to have a big talk about your family’s wishes when you consider a move to the Lone Star State. Their interests and priorities are key, and you can likely find a place in Texas that will be a great fit for your whole family. If you need help researching and gathering data for things such as cost of living, job opportunities, and other benefits in Texas, reach out to the Texas Economic Development Connection. They can help by providing you with accessible, comprehensive information about your options for moving to Texas. You can set up a call with the TexasEDConnection to have a helpful conversation, and you can even check out the Relocation Planning Tool online to explore the many different regions of Texas.