Office of the Governor - Greg Abbott

Texas Brags: What Others Are Saying

Texas is a land of ongoing success and endless opportunity; Texans aren't too shy about telling people about it, either. It's not bragging if it's true, however, and the Lone Star State’s winning mix of low taxes, reasonable regulatory structure, fair court system and world-class workforce has been paying dividends in terms of press recognition, economic rankings and, most importantly, good jobs for hard-working Texans. Here is just some of the evidence supporting Texans’ contention that the Lone Star State is the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family.

List of Texas Bests:

Business Startups (U.S.)

Austin, #7, 2014

Business Tax Climate

Texas, #10, 2015

Business, Best State

Texas, #1, 2014

College Graduates, Best for (U.S.)

Austin, #3, 2014

Cost of Living, Lowest (U.S.)

Harlingen, #1; Wichita Falls, #8; Temple, #9, 2014

Economic Climate

Texas, #1, 2014

Energy Prod., Natural Gas

Texas, #1, 2014

Energy Prod., Oil

Texas, #1, 2014

Energy Prod., Wind

Texas, #1, 2014

Engineering Schools (U.S.)

UT-Austin, #10; TAMU, #11, 2015

Engineers, to be hired (U.S.)

Houston, #2, 2013

Exports

Texas, #1, 2013

Families, Best for (U.S.)

Dallas, #4, 2014

Farming/Ranching

Texas leads the nation in number of farms and ranches, with 248,800 farms and ranches covering 130.2 million acres. Texas has more women and minority farm operations than any other state in the nation.

Fast Growing City (U.S.)

Austin, #1; Dallas, #4; Houston, #10; San Antonio, #20, 2014 (from 6 socio-economic metrics)

Fast Growing Fortune 500s

Texas, #1, 2014

Fortune 500s, Number

Texas, #3, 2014

Freedom

Most Free State - Texas, #1, 2014

Friendliest City (U.S.)

San Antonio, #3, 2014

Future Job Growth (U.S.)

Austin, #2; McAllen, #3; Dallas, #5; Houston, #9; San Antonio, #10, 2014

Hispanic Entrepreneurs (U.S.)

Corpus Christi, #2; Laredo, #3; El Paso, #7, 2014

Imports

Texas, #2, 2013

Job, Best Place to Find (U.S.)

Sugarland, #1; Flower Mound, #2; Allen, #4, 2014

Job Creation, All Pay Levels

Texas leads the nation in job creation at all pay levels. (1Q2014 report based on 2013 data. Is there more current?)

Job Growth by Sector

Job growth in every industry sector, 2014

Miles, State Highways

Texas, #1, 2014 at 80,323 miles

Place to Live, Best (U.S.)

McKinney #1, 2014

Retire, Best Place (U.S.)

Abilene, #1; Austin, #3, 2014

Satisfied Employees (U.S.)

San Antonio, #9; Austin, #10, 2014

Small Business Friendliness

Texas, #3, 2014

STEM graduates (U.S.)

Houston, #4; Austin, #6, Best Places for, 2014

Universities, Best Value (U.S.)

Rice, #5, 2014

Veteran-Owned Businesses

Texas, #2, 2012

Veterans, Best to Live (U.S.)

Austin, #2; San Antonio, #4; College Station, #9, 2014

Women-owned Bus. (U.S.)

Texas, #2 Women; Texas, #2 Hispanic Women; Texas, #3 African-American Women