Are you moving to Dallas from out of state? Here are 7 things no one tells you about Texas according to Jenny Harrison. (file photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Jenny Harrison
Special Contributor

Pop culture stereotypes have ruined the image of Texas — the brave and beloved Lone Star State. For those who haven’t been there or haven’t met someone from Texas, it is the state of short-tempered rednecks, wild cowboys, and dumb blondes. The reality, however, is different and shockingly more interesting.

Texas is the second largest economy in the US, worth around $1.6 trillion, and that’s probably the reason you are moving to Dallas or San Antonio. With a 13 percent increase in employment over the last year, it is among the top five states to offer lucrative job opportunities. The cost of living is slightly lower than the national average and that makes it a great place to save money and raise a family.

These are the things you rarely hear about Texas. So today, we will talk about things that no one tells you about Texas when you are stuck on whether you should or shouldn’t move to Texas.

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This will surprise absolutely no one in Texas. We’ve been saying it until we’re blue in the face, really. But it’s nice to hear someone else tell us that Texas is a hot commodity, and that’s what we gleaned from Allied Van Lines‘ 2014 Magnet State Report, which puts Texas in the No. 1 spot for the 10th year running. The report, which uses internal data from the nationwide moving company, showed a net relocation gain of 1,973 families in 2014.

“Texas has also demonstrated strong population growth (adding 1.3 million new residents since April 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau) and has increased non-government jobs by 12 percent since 2007, according to the American Enterprise Institute,” the company’s report said.

We know that demand is far outstripping supply in the Permian Basin area, and in Houston, home values are at record-breaking levels. Here in Dallas, our existing home supply is seeing demand that is higher than pre-recession levels, and homebuilders are working to construct new homes at a break-neck pace. Add to that, distressed sales are extremely low. It’s good to be a Texan right now, that’s for sure!

Jump for the full infographic to see the runners up and how other states performed:

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