In the last 12 months, Texas has added over 450,000 jobs. Nine of the 11 major industries in Texas have seen positive growth in that time, including the Leisure and Hospitality, Mining and Lodging and construction sectors. Mining and Lodging, which includes the oil-and-gas sector, added 5,000 jobs during the month of September, setting an annual job growth record, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.
Open job opportunities and affordable housing are the top two reasons people move from state to state, according to Nela Richardson, chief economist for the real estate broker Redfin. Those two reasons could be why more Americans moved to Texas in recent years than any other state.
CNN reports that five Texas cities, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth, were in the top 20 fastest growing large metro areas last year. Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said that the Texas economy is performing at a record pace, and unemployment rates are well below the averages from other parts of the nation.
Richardson also noted that Texas and other heartland states have two advantages that translate into affordable housing: Plenty of affordable land around cities and easy regulations that enable developers to build quickly. SouthStar Communities has communities conveniently located outside of all five of the fastest growing metro areas.
Vintage Oaks, a Texas Hill Country community, is located in New Braunfels, Texas, and is within an easy commute of both Austin and San Antonio. The 3,300 acres features homesites and homes, world-class amenities and several neighborhood choices including The Reserve, Champagne Hills, Silver Oaks, The Canyons and Vineyard Ranch. View this month's featured homesites and move-in ready homes or call 800-303-6780 to schedule a tour with a land expert.
King Oaks is in the Brazos Valley, in Iola, Texas, just outside of the booming, ever-growing metro of Bryan-College Station. Featuring a new swimming pool and outdoor kitchen, a 60-acre nature preserve and a fishing pond, there is an activity for everyone in the family here. Take a look at the homesites available now.
A truly unique lakeside living community can be found at Lake Ridge. Along the shores of Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill, Lake Ridge has some of the best views in the DFW area.
The Texas economy has seen record-breaking positive growth over the last several years and experts project a similar forecast moving forward. Now is the best time to relocate or move to Texas.