What to Know About Moving From California to Texas

What to Know About Moving From California to Texas

August 17, 2021

Are you moving to Texas from the Golden State of California? Here are some differences between the two regions to consider.

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It may be tough to beat southern California's perfect weather, combined with the availability of snowy areas in the state mountainous regions. However, Texas offers a variety of nice climates as well. There's plenty of shoreline along the coast, but if you prefer to experience the four seasons, Central Texas may be best for you.

Wherever you locate in Texas, however, the weather should be relatively mild. The northern panhandle is the coldest area of the state and receives the most snow and cold weather. January temperatures there can be as low as 26 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the average temperature in the cold season (late November through late February) is about 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cost of Living and Employment

One of the biggest differences you'll notice in relocating to the Lone Star State is that the cost of living is much lower. There's no state income tax in Texas, versus California's graduated tax based on income, which can be as high as 12.3 percent for couples earning more than $1.1 million annually.

Sales tax is also lower in Texas. The Lone Star State's sales tax is just 6.25 percent. California has a statewide 7.25 percent sales tax, with most local jurisdictions also charging district taxes that range anywhere from 0.10 to 1 percent.

Housing costs are also lower in Texas than in California.

The job market is also growing in Texas, with many leading U.S. companies like AT&T and Keller Williams making their home in Texas. Austin, in particular, is a hotspot for growing companies.

Higher Education

Both California and Texas have some great universities, including Stanford, California Institute of Technology, the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.

Texas is home to more than 200 colleges and universities, including Texas A&M, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University and Southern Methodist Universities.

Mosquitoes and Outdoor Pests

It's no secret that mosquitoes love warm weather, and Texas has a lot of them. Throughout Texas, there are at least 85 species of mosquitoes.

Mosquito bites aren't just itchy and annoying. They can also transmit diseases like the Zika virus, West Nile virus and encephalitis.

Mosquitoes are particularly active in warmer months like June, July and August, but some areas can see mosquito activity in the spring months of April, May and even March, right through November. It all depends on how warm and wet the weather is.

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