We all know the saying that “everything is bigger in Texas.” With vast, wide open spaces, endless education and career opportunities and more bang for your buck, it’s no surprise that over 1,000 new Texans are flocking to the Lone State State daily. From one republic to another, ditch the taxes and head to Lubbock, Texas. Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons why Califorians choose Texas as their next move. 

Business Friendly 

While there are a number of reasons why Lubbock is a business friendly city, let’s start the conversation with something we can all agree is an important factor when looking to relocate: taxes. Coming from the state with the highest sales tax to Texas, which boasts no income tax, is a pretty big deal. The dollars saved provide endless opportunities for retirement plans, tackling debt or other expenses. Low taxes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to resources offered in the “Hub City”. As the hub of West Texas for industries including health care, agriculture, technology, manufacturing, distribution and retail, the Lubbock business community features a diverse economy. The workforce and business community are built upon a solid foundation (and we aren’t just talking about the caprock) that is made up of collaboration, community support and mentorship. It comes as no surprise that Lubbock is consistently ranked for its opportunistic business climate. The most recent praises come from Business Facilities which named Lubbock as one of the Best Mid-Sized Cities for Business Climate in 2020.

More House for your Money

After checking out the available real estate in the 806, you will find yourself packing boxes and loading up the truck sooner rather than later. As a 900-square-foot Bay Area apartment turns into a Texas mansion with an extra 6,000 square feet, the low cost of living doesn’t stop there! You will find Lubbock to be an affordable city in all aspects of life, from groceries to oil changes. Being a mid-sized city with a population of over 250,000, while also covering a metro of nearly 300,000, citizens and neighboring communities have access to the resources of a large metro for a fraction of the price. This affordable cost of living provides ample opportunity for those looking to create a life in Lubbock. 

Sky is the Limit 

Home to a Tier-1 institution, Texas Tech University (TTU), as well as the top medical school in country for affordability and quality education, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and esteemed higher education entities like Lubbock Christian University, Wayland Baptist University and South Plains College (SPC), the opportunities available to further your education are in abundance. Whether you are learning coding, earning your CDL in SPC’s new truck driving program, or going to medical school, every avenue is easily attainable in Lubbock. 

Looking to move your business from the Silicon Valley to the South Plains? With a plethora of affordable real estate available, there is no better time than now to make the move. Lubbock is also a great place to grow your business. Entrepreneurs have a variety of options to choose from when looking for assistance in the inception of their business including the Innovation Hub at Research Park and downtown grant opportunities with Market Lubbock, Inc. Regardless of your practice, Lubbock fosters an entrepreneurial spirit and the community support necessary to launch innovative concepts. Creators and innovators find even more of a reason to invest in the “Hub City” as Inc.com recognized Lubbock as one of the best cities for women entrepreneurs. 

Middle of the Aisle 

Being centrally located in the United States puts the “Hub City” at an advantage for a number of reasons. Not only is Lubbock hours away from both the coast and the slopes, wanderlusts can park at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, be on a plane within minutes, and onto your next adventure. For business owners and CEOs, this is an attractive aspect that makes our city a competitive location for expansion or relocation. In addition to an international airport, there is also BNSF railway access and close proximity to five major interstate highways. 

Even Reagan wanted to be a Cowboy 

If you are considering the move but have a tinge of guilt about leaving the place you call home, don’t worry! You aren’t the only Californian who wanted to embrace the wild west. From a demanding schedule with endless traffic to a laidback mentality where time is the most valuable resource, Lubbock’s quality of life is unmatched. Gone are the days of sitting in traffic for hours on end. It’s time to embrace the 15-minute average commute time and get to living! It’s easy to find a social night life in the “Hub City”, especially with its recent Music Friendly Community designation. Lubbock has the most live music venues per capita in the state of Texas, providing music lovers with multiple options for live music every night of the week. Whether you prefer outdoor activities with an average 263 days of sunshine per year or perusing through an art museum, you are sure to find your place in Lubbock, Texas. 

Kenna Dowdle

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