Relocate to TX from California

Tips on Relocating from
California to Austin, Texas

Tips for relocating out of state:

Where do you want to live? City or country? Do you want to be somewhere where there is a lot of diversity? Do you want a lot of local business or do you prefer the convenience of big box retailers? Do you want to be close to public transportation or highways? The neighborhood you choose to call home will have a big impact on your quality of life. This is where your realtor can be a huge asset to you during your planning phase.

Research the cost of living: homes, taxes, utilities, gas, groceries, shopping and entertainment. How does it compare to where you currently live? Your realtor lives here and can help you with comparisons. They can offer advice and tips to help further maximize savings when moving to the area.

Moving out here for work? Does your employer offer relocation assistance? These can include assisting in some of the cost for moving costs, storage, lease termination fees, temporary housing, etc. Let your realtor help you find moving companies, temporary housing, local storage facilities if needed. Your realtor is a wealth of information about all things in the area you are moving to. Let them be your biggest resource.

So you’re thinking of moving to Austin, TX???

First off, let’s start by saying GREAT CHOICE! Austin is a unique city with so much to offer its residents. It has been attracting people from all over the US for years. As of 2020, with a population growth rate nearing 3% annually it is expected to have an economic growth rate of 6%. This makes it a desirable place to move in many people’s relocation plans.

Austin is a big draw to Californians.

California has miles and miles of picturesque beaches, mountains and lakes to get away to, and what seems like an endless supply of sunshine. However many people are deciding to leave their footprints in the sand and move outside of the state in part due to the high cost of living, the highest income tax in the country, and crowded living conditions found in all the major California metro areas. For many of those people, they have decided to call the Lone Star State home.

Let’s take a look at why cowboy boots, great BBQ, and good old Texas hospitality are drawing people in.

Forbes recently ranked Austin, TX as the #1 place to live for the third year in a row based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life.

  1. Lower cost of living than many other areas. In Austin, housing costs 54% less than the average home in California, and while prices are on the rise it has an average appreciation rate of 25% over a 3 year period.
  2. Faster growing economy. The Texas economy is the second largest in the country. Oil and mining, government and tech are all big players in the Austin area. Companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, Oracle and Dell call Austin home creating more jobs and a strong economy. The university of Texas also provides Texans with another 24,000 jobs.
  3. Low Unemployment – Texas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. In addition it boasts a diverse community of industry professionals from government to tech. The tech industry’s influence on Austin has begun to show considerably more, bolstering the region’s job market as a result. It is one of the top 10 cities for startups and ranks in the top 10 for venture capital investments.
  4. Texan’s don’t pay state income tax!!! With California having the highest income taxes in the country, Texans find themselves often saving thousands of dollars annually.
  5. A myriad of entertainment and lifestyle opportunities. Austin is often referred to as the “Live Music Capital of the World” and there’s a good reason why. Home of the famous ACL Music Festival and SXSW (South by Southwest), its vibrant music scene draws a diverse musical crowd year round and is one of the city’s biggest draws. From taking in a show at ACL Live to live music at a local bar, there is always good music to be found.

The HUSTLE asked whether you’re planning to move in the next 6 months: 33% said yes.

In July, 2020 Sam Parr asked how many of you intend to move to a new city within 6 months. The results are in: ~5,000 readers answered and 33.3% of the respondents said yes, they intend to move within 6 months.

  • Top cities people are moving from: NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago.
  • Top cities people are moving to: Austin, Chicago, and LA. Some of the most popular moves: San Francisco to Austin, NYC to Austin, LA to Austin.
  • Texans: Get ready for an influx of Californians and New Yorkers.

Texas boasts a HUGE variety of food throughout the state. From the most delicious BBQ, to Tex-Mex, to food trucks galore, there is truly so much for everyone here that you will have a hard time trying it all but find it easy to find your favorites.

Austin is also known for its outdoor-friendly lifestyle, which is a big draw for many California residents. On any given day you will find many Austinites walking, running or cycling on our hundreds of miles of hike and bike trails. Lady Bird Lake offers those that love the water the perfect chance to kayak, canoe or try some stand-up paddle boarding. Swimming holes can be found all over the Central Texas region and with their cool crisp water, are the perfect treat on a hot summer day. With over 10 lakes in the Austin area there are multiple ways to stay cool during the summer, places to go for a weekend getaway, or docks to get your boat into the water. Camping and hiking are popular in Austin as well with several state parks nearby and a variety of camping opportunities.

For a truly unique experience, the Texas Hill country has a variety of towns to visit such as Fredericksburg and Johnson City. These quaint Hill Country towns offer a variety of dining, shopping, museums and picturesque views. Along the way stop off at some of the many local distilleries or wineries to sip on some spirits made right here in Central Texas.

  1. Progressive Culture – 3rd best city for LGBTQ in the nation only falling behind San Francisco and New York.
  2. Texas has a high quality school system which makes it one of the top places to raise a family – According to a 2020 study, these are the top 5 school districts in the Austin area
    • #1 – Eanes ISD
    • #2 – Leander ISD
    • #3 – Lake Travis ISD
    • #4 – Dripping Springs ISD
    • #5 – Round Rock ISD
  3. Southern Hospitality – Texas pride runs deep, as Texans love their state fiercely. Because of this they will take the time to welcome you and point you in the direction of the best of everything Austin has to offer; restaurants, activities, shopping, festivals, and where you will find the best live music.

Now that we’ve convinced you Austin is where you need to be, let us help you as you begin your plans and home search!!

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