SoCal Prof, Exile Frame Texas Migration Boom

Laker fans may want to steer clear of BBC News magazine article “10 Reasons Why So Many People Are Moving to Texas.” The article contains a whole bunch of reasons why the big man would be well served personally if he decides to suit up for the Mavericks or Rockets. Including the fact that Houston has the highest “effective” paycheck of any U.S. big city.

That info comes from Chapman University professor of urban development Joel Kotkin, who compared average incomes and costs of living in major metropolitan areas. Another SoCal expert frames the sub-section titled “Austin in Particular:”

Restaurant manager Christopher Hislop, 33, moved in 2007 from Los Angeles to Austin, where he met his wife and they now have a nine-month-old boy.

“I came to Austin for a wedding and thought it was a really cool city and the people were nice – it was everything that LA wasn’t but still had that hip vibe without pretension. The nightlife is great and there’s an emphasis on getting out and about – they maintain trailways and nature.”

Even when it comes to something like 8th grade math, Texas has it over California according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Non-Laker fans, read BBC Washington bureau reporter Tom Geoghegan’s countdown here.

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