Moving to Texas 2021 Guide

What You Need to Know

Are you interested in making the Lone Star State your forever home? If the answer is yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re considering moving to Texas or are already fully planning your move, there are a few things you should probably know about. Because we know this, we developed a guide with everything you need to know about a move to Texas!

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Costs of Moving to Texas

Money, money, money… Unfortunately, probably the first thing that comes to mind when we consider moving is how much it will cost. Even though moving can cost a pretty penny, any investment that will take you to a place you can call home will be worth it.

There are several factors that can affect your moving costs,  but the two major ones are the distance and volume of your move. If you’re interested in finding out the volume of your move, we recommend that you use our moving space calculator. This will help you save time when requesting moving quotes.

To give you a better idea of what you can expect, below you can find a list of estimates for a full-service move to Houston, Texas from various cities across the United States below.

Departure1-bedroom2-bedrooms3-bedrooms
New York City, NY$2,966 – $4,063$4,063 – $5,155$6,130 – $8,195
Seattle, WA$3,210 – $4,423$4,423 – $5,621$6,686 – $8,944
Chicago, IL$2,471 – $3,326$3,326 – $4,192$4,963 – $6,602
Los Angeles, CA$2,822 – $3,847$3,847 – $4,872$5,782 – $7,716
Detroit, MI$2,659 – $3,606$3,606 – $4,557$5,402 – $7,199

Please keep in mind that the rates shown above are just estimates and will vary depending on your actual point of departure and service rates of the company.

Do keep in mind that to know exactly how much your move will cost you will need to request quotes. By filling out the form below, you will be able to receive up to 5 free moving quotes, which will ultimately help you save money on your move to Texas!

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Moving to Texas Checklist

Below we have listed some points we believe are crucial to keep in mind while you’re preparing for your move to Texas. In case you want a full detailed moving checklist, we recommend that you check out our national moving checklist –it contains all the details you want to make sure not to miss out on!

  • Do your research. Texas has a lot of cities full of great opportunities, make sure you find the one that best suits your lifestyle and needs. If possible, try to visit as many cities as you can before you make the big move.
  • Calculate the volume of your move and request quotes as early as possible.
  • Notify others about your move on time.
  • Cancel/transfer your utilities on time.
  • Start packing and remember to declutter and label as you go –trust us on this one, you’ll thank us later!

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Living in Texas: How Much Does It Cost?

Regardless of the rapid population growth in the state, Texas has remained as one of the most affordable states to live in the US. Compared to the national average, living in Texas is approximately 9% cheaper. To illustrate it for you, we’ve broken down the costs into the most common four categories below to give you a better idea of what you can expect.

Housing Costs in Texas

Living in the Lone Star state has many perks, but the low housing costs in Texas definitely is definitely takes the crown. The average rent in Texas as of 2020 is around $920 a month, which is approximately $550 cheaper compared to the national average. Even though this can of course vary per city, most of the prices are not that far off from the average. Below you can find a summary of the average rent costs across cities in Texas.

CityAverage Rent
Houston$1,118
Dallas$1,250
Austin$1,439
San Antonio$1,049
Fort Worth$1,128
Pasadena$887

Please keep in mind that the prices reflected above are just estimates. The rent can vary depending on location and characteristics of the property.

If you’re interested on purchasing a property instead, you can expect the following prices for a median home across various cities in Texas:

CityMedian Home Value
Houston$299,900
Dallas$376,900
Austin$321,600
El Paso$174,900

Taxes in Texas

When it comes to taxes, good news! Texas is a quite a tax-friendly state, mainly because, it’s one of the seven states does not collect personal income tax. Among the taxes you will be expected to pay in Texas you can find:

  • A sales tax of 6.25% at a state-level, meaning that local taxes can be added on top of it;
  • Property tax rates of around 1.83%;
  • Gas tax of 20 cents per gallon of diesel.

For further information regarding taxes, we recommend that you check out the following information provided by the government of Texas.

Transportation

If you’re relocating to Texas without a car, it’s probably important that you are aware of what are the average prices for public transport in the state. To give you a rough idea of the costs, below you can find the prices for public transport in Dallas, Texas:

  • One-way bus tickets for $3;
  • Monthly passes for $96;
  • 5-mile taxi trip on a business days for $17.

If  you’re planning on bringing your vehicle with you, keep mind that the average shipping costs of such can range between $500 and $1,500. You can expect gas prices in Texas to be around $1.77 per gallon.

Food and Groceries

If excellent BBQs are what you dream of, then Texas is the state for you. When you move to Texas, it’s likely that you will be tempted to indulge in all the great dishes the state has to offer. You can always do this by dining out in any of the great restaurants scattered across the state, but there’s only so many times a month you’ll probably be able to do this without breaking the bank.

An obvious alternative that will help you save money is to cook these dishes yourself, which of course entails some grocery shopping. To give you an idea of what common grocery items are priced like in Texas, we have compiled a list of such for you below.

Grocery ItemAverage Cost
1 gallon of milk$2.78
1 lb. of white rice$1.59
A carton of 12 large eggs$2.05
1 lb. of local cheese$3.75
1 lb. of chicken fillet$4.19
1 lb. of round beef$4.55
1 lb. of potatoes$0.93
1 lb. of apples$1.65
A bottle of wine$12

For those special treat yourself moments, you can expect to pay between $65 to $50 for a mid-range dinner for two at a local restaurant in town.

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Leisure

The Lone Star State really knows how to entertain its residents. Between visiting beautiful national parks, space centers, amusement parks and museums, Texan residents are sure kept busy. In the table below you can find a summary of different entertainment activities in Texas along with their respective prices.

ActivityAverage Price
General admission ticket to Six Flags$79.99
Two movie tickets$23
Two theater tickets$161
Ticket to Houston’s Space Center$24 – $30
Monthly gym membership$44
Ticket to Houston’s Museum of Natural Science$30
A beer at a local bar$5.67

Moving to Texas for Work

In the past few years the job market in Texas has rapidly expanded, particularly because of the large Fortune 500 companies that have started operating in the state. This has been reflected in low unemployment rates and average annual incomes of approximately $85,000.

Even though you will most likely be able to find a job in any industry in Texas, there are a few industries that stand out as being the ones with the largest number of career opportunities. Among those you will find:

  • Health care
  • Technology
  • Consumer service
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Hospitality
  • Education
  • Financial Services

Did You Know…?

  • Austin has the most live music venues per capita in the U.S.
  • A town in Texas renamed itself in 2005 to get free cable for 10 years.
  • It’s illegal to milk someone else’s cow in Texas.
  • There’s only one place called “Earth” in the world—and it’s located in Texas.
  • The hamburger was, allegedly, invented in Texas.

We hope that you found exactly what you were looking for in this article and feel fully prepared to put on your cowboy boots and start a new life in Texas. 😉 In case you’re in need of some extra help, we recommend checking out the articles we have linked for you below.