While New Orleans had the biggest percentage growth (mainly people returning post-Katrina), Houston added more people than any other city in the country. And it has plenty of company from other Texas cities.
— Texas cities showed rapid growth: Houston added the most people, with 38,932 new residents; San Antonio, Fort Worth and Austin were among the top 10 in numerical increases; and McKinney, Denton and Killeen were among the top 10 in percentage increases.
And if that's not reason enough for you, how about this?
Texas is king when it comes to doing business. That's according to CNBC's just-released ranking of America's Top States for Doing Business-2008.
The Lone Star State unseated last year's No. 1, Virginia, which fell to No. 2. Rounding out the top five are Utah, Idaho and Colorado, in that order. Texas ranked 2nd on last year's list.So to all of you newcomers and those of you on your way, the only advice I can give is that when you're looking for a house to buy or rent, pick a quadrant of town and stick with it. Preferably close to your job or business. Or near your friends and family. Trying to search the whole city is a fools errand, and a drive across town down here is a day trip.
Also drive like you mean it. For example from 19 Rules of Driving in Houston;
Under no circumstances should you leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you no matter how fast you're going. If you do, the space will be filled in by somebody else putting you in an even more dangerous situation.
Finally, as the Joe Horn case should have demonstrated to the whole world by now, you should always assume that anyone you're talking to down here has a gun and is not afraid to use it. In fact, they might be downright eager too.
Other than that, welcome to Texas!
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