Living in Texas has many benefits.

We Texans take special pride in our state. Whether bragging about how much bigger everything is, the plentiful job opportunities or the superiority of Tex-Mex, Texans love to boast that the Lone Star State is the best.

As if we needed more proof, there are two new polls that confirm there is no pride like Texas pride.

Gallup asked more than 600 residents in each of the 50 states to rate whether or not their state was a good place to live. Residents ranked their state as the best, one of the best or the worst place to call home. Texas edged out Montana and Alaska in number of residents who responded that, without a doubt, the Lone Star State is the single best place to live.

The states with the happiest residents are Montana and Alaska; 77 percent of respondents in both responded positively. Following those are Utah (70 percent) and Wyoming (69 percent).

Texas rounds out the top five, with 68 percent of residents claiming that the state is a good place to live. But overall happiness aside, it’s the way in which Texans responded that interested Gallup’s researchers.

Texas edged out Montana and Alaska in number of residents who responded that, without a doubt, the Lone Star State is the single best place to live in the country.

Gallup chalks up the boastful responses to Texas’ high standard of living, trust in state government and less negative feelings about state taxes. Gallup also compares Texas to high-ranking states like Alaska and Hawaii (which came in just behind Texas at No. 6), which “have distinct histories, geographies, natural resources and environmental features that may contribute to residents’ personal enjoyment and pride in their locale.”

Because we love the state so much, we are also staying put. This according to another Gallup poll, which posed this question to citizens of all 50 states: “If you had the opportunity, would you like to move to another state, or would you rather remain in your current state?”

While people would love to flee Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland, few Texans (24 percent) would choose to live elsewhere. That’s the sixth-lowest percentage in the nation.

Three of SouthStar's master-planned communities are located in the great state of Texas.

1. Vintage Oaks. Located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Vintage Oaks boasts four neighborhoods that offer homesites ranging from 1 - 14 acres. Horses are permitted in Vineyard Ranch and The Reserve offers homes by Ryland Homes and David Weekly Homes. See the floor plans here.

2. King Oaks. This community is located near Bryan and College Station, Texas. The lots here are wooded, secluded and range from 1 to 3 acres. 10 homesites were release earlier this spring and are conveniently located to the new amenity center scheduled to open very soon. See the available properties here.

3. Lake Ridge. If you want a lakeview, Lake Ridge is the neighborhood for you. On the shores of Joe Pool Lake, this community has several lots for you to choose from with a variety of activities within walking distance. Our home-lot packages are the perfect option for a luxury home with a desirable floor plan. See what we're offering here.

Living in Texas has many benefits. The article mentioned above, found in Dallas CultureMap, summarizes how happy the people are that live here.

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