I can work in other states and make more money, but then the cost of living outweighs that benefit. I can work in other states and make less money, but the quality of living sucks a big one *cough*Arkansas*cough* Texas is a happy median. It is also a state that covers many different terrian and living conditions. You can have big city or country rural. There's enough elbow room to get away from everyone or you can live a yell away from anyone. As far as resources for self-sustainment, I'll put Texas up against ANY other state. There really isn't much that any other state has to offer that could take me out of Texas.Tough question. I would vote East Texas because the soil is fertile and the Winter's aren't that harsh.
I live in Ellis County, which is just the county south of Dallas County. I'm about 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. I live in a nice residential neighborhood and pay $110 a month for taxes.Born in LA and lived there for 44 yrs. Been in Texas in Spring 2 minutes from The Woodlands for a little over a year. I can't imagine it getting any better than this - God's Country for sure. But, the property taxes are straight from Hell at $450/mth.
Keep in mind taxes before you move and compare closely. You can get cheaper - something to do with school districts. I haven't figured out the details on this yet and we did pick this particular subdivision for the good school.
I was just pickin' on ya, being a neighboring state and all. I think that Ar-Kansas is one of the safest and stable places to raise a family... as long as you keep the kids in private schools.The quality of life in **cough**Arkansas**cough**...lol...may not be the greatest, but my land here has property taxes of less than $10/year. That will be going up soon I am sure, but until then...