Lately you may have noticed a number of news articles about people and companies moving from California to Texas. Are you considering such a move for yourself or your business? Here are a few factors to consider when comparing these states, plus a couple moving tips.
THINGS IN COMMON
California and Texas have more things in common than people seem to realize. They’re both huge states with a variety of terrains. Both states have mountains, rivers, deserts and sea water. Both have a rich blend of Mexican and American cultures. Both states have world-famous sports teams at college and professional levels. Both states are diverse cultural centers with a wide variety of cuisine, and musical and visual arts events.
But there are some stark differences too.
COST OF LIVING COMPARISON
California is a lovely state, but one of the least affordable for a resident or a business owner. MERIC (Missouri Economic Research and Information Center) computes a cost of living index for each state by averaging the indices of the cities and metropolitan areas in that state. According to MERIC’s calculations of all cost of living factors, Texas ranks 14th in the country for affordability. In contrast, California ranks 48th. California also has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the country. This is on top of state taxes. While Texas has no state income tax at all, California has a marginal state income tax of 12.3%.
Texas isn’t ranked too highly on unemployment but California is ranked much worse according to the labor department. As of August, 2021, Texas was ranked 35 for all states plus DC, with an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent. California was ranked at 50, with an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent. That’s a big difference, and a driving factor for migration from California to Texas. If you’re ready to move to Dallas, Condor Moving Systems can move you, your family and your business, with very competitive moving costs. We’re experts in moving anyone anywhere. Since our Dallas/Fort Worth based full service moving company opened its doors in 2003, we’ve set the highest standards for moving services, as all as providing moving supplies and storage services. Our knowledgeable moving consultants and highly trained moving crews specialize in both residential moving services and commercial relocation. Whether it’s local moving or long distance moving, we’ll make your move a positive experience and do everything possible to guarantee your satisfaction. Call 877.356.2236 or contact us for a free moving quote.