The great debate has raged for years: which is a better state, Texas or California? They are both monolith states, known for many famous sights, distinctive cuisine and the opinion that each is superior to every other state in the Union. To help sort out this feud, here’s a comparison that could decide which state is really the better one.
Texas – No State Income Tax
Like the sunny state of Florida, Texas residents don’t pay state income tax, which means more money in your pocket every time you get a paycheck. In contrast, Californians are paying nearly 14 percent income tax, one of the highest in any state, which is a net loss for anyone who receives a W-2. So if state income tax is a big issue for you, then you may want to consider a move to Texas, especially if you live in California.
Texas – Lower Cost of Living
California and New York are always in the top five when it comes to states with the highest cost of living. Texas, on the other hand, has a very affordable cost of living. Cost of living takes into account the price of groceries, housing, education, healthcare and gas. According to Investopedia, it is less expensive to raise a child in Texas, obtain health care, buy a house or rent an apartment. In fact, you’ll pay more than 50 percent more to live in California than Texas, and more than 30 percent more for entertainment.