Moving from Dublin to Texas
Texas, also known as the Lone Star State is famous for its food and its hospitality. It is also a great state if you enjoy live music. Texas has plenty lot to offer its residents and visitors. It is one of the more affordable states offering sunshine, great food and plenty to keep you entertained.
Where to Live
Austin is the state capital. Today it is most famous for its international music and performing arts festival South by South West (SXSW) although many locals consider the influx of tourists and revellers a bit of a mixed blessing despite the income they provide.
Houston, however, is the largest city with a population close to 2.5 million. It is best known for its famous space centre but also supports a whole range of industries including, aeronautics, transportation, and energy.
Work and education
The main industries are gas and petroleum followed by banking and farming. Unemployment among professionals is lower than in many other parts of the USA. The state also boasts some excellent universities including Rice University in Houston and Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Texas is one of the less expensive places to live in America. The overall cost of living compares quite favourably with Dublin. You will find that groceries tend to be a little more pricey. But other major expenses such as renting property, energy and fuel usually work out less expensive.
Texas is cheaper to live partly because its taxes are lower than many other states. Housing can also be more affordable, although a lot depends on which city or town you move to. Of course if you are moving for work you might not have much of a choice. Austin is one of the most expensive cities and has excellent suburbs for those who want to live outside the city. But there are other popular cities where housing costs are a lot lower.
Two of the most affordable cities are Odessa in western Texas and Lewisville in Denton County. Lewisville has the advantage of being close to both Dallas and Fort Worth making it a popular choice for commuters who want to avoid big city house prices.
Food and Entertainment
When you are not working, you will find plenty to do in Texas. It has outstanding natural beauty and attractions include the Big Bend National Park and Padre Island National Seashore.
Other famous places to visit are The Alamo, site of the famous battle in San Anton which led to the state’s independence from Mexico. And there is also the NASA Space Centre in Houston if you prefer something right up to date.
Cost of eating out varies across the state but you can usually expect to pay less than Dublin. It’s easy to eat out in most parts of Texas without breaking the bank. The big cities have plenty of high-end restaurants for special occasions. But a modest lunch date should cost around $14 (€12.50) per person. If you like barbeques, tacos and margaritas then you’ll be happy in Texas.
Planning your move
Moving across the Atlantic is a big step. It is always best to start planning well in advance to make sure it goes smoothly. Fortunately at Get Cracking we have years of experience of international removals. Talk it over with one of our professional staff to get advice on all aspects of the move from planning to packing your valuables, to shipping and crating. We have done it all and have the expertise to ensure that your move to the Lone Star State is as stress free as possible.