Moving away from Colorado? Here is what you might miss
Colorado is the polar opposite to Texas. Its rocky, mountainous landscape, the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and the deserts of De Beque Canyon showcase the rich nature of the US at its finest.
Denver is the largest city and the capital of the state. It has a population of around 730.000 and is famous for its recent economic boom. Second is the touristic have Colorado Springs, while Aurora ranks third. They have have population of 464.000 and 370.000 respectively.
Economics and Education
Denver and Colorado rely on old-fashioned, blue-collared industries, such as construction, mining, agriculture, trade, and tourism. However, the combination of these proven industries, and the sturdiness of Coloradoans are in the base of Denver’s recent economic boom.
Apart from its top-notch middle and high schools, the city is home to the university of Denver. It is a renowned, private research university. DU located in the University Neighborhood and is widely known as a R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity.
Recreation is big!
Denver is home to over 200 parks, but the largest one is the 314-acre City Park. It contains the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Beer is nearly a religion in Colorado. The state is the home of some major breweries like New Belgium Brewing Company and Great Divide Brewing Company, along with some smaller, boutique microbreweries.
Also, marijuana has been legally sold since 2013, when the State of Colorado adopted the 64th amendment.
Moving to Texas, after all!
Texas is an excellent destination. Especially when we take into consideration that it borders the Gulf of Mexico. It also has several excellent beach resorts like Corpus Christi and San Luis, and also excellent Tex-Mex food.
Huston is the largest city in Texas with a population of over 2.3 million people. It is a city of many nicknames. The most popular ones are Space City, HOU, Bayou City, H-Town, and Hustle-Town.
Huston is the main part of the Texas Triangle, or “Texaplex”, including the cities of Houston, the second-largest city San Antonio, the state capital Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
But tourism and cuisine are not the only props of Texas. The Space City is home to NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC). You’re probably familiar with the popular phrase “Houston, we have a problem!” So, if you’re an aspiring astronaut or aerospace engineer, then this is the place to be!
Texas Medical Center
The Texas Medical Center is also a point of major interest. It is widely considered the largest concentration of healthcare institutions – hospitals and research facilities, in the world. The 2.1-square-mile district employs over 106,000 people, hosts 10 million patient encounters annually, and has a gross domestic product of US$25 billion.
The University of Houston
The University of Houston (U of H) is one of the leading research universities in the United States. With more than 47.000 students it supplies the aforementioned institutions with some of the finest young minds in their respective fields. It is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”. The U of H 282-degree programs through its 14 academic colleges and professional degrees.
The Houston Theater District is considered the Broadway of the South. With nine major performing arts organizations and six performance halls, it ranks second in the concentration of theater seats in a downtown area. So, there’s no need to go all the way up north to New York to see high-quality theatre.
The Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and Houston Symphony add up to the city’s claim for being a cultural capital.
Contemporary arts are represented by superstars such as Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Bun B, Geto Boys, Trae tha Truth, and Travis Scott. However, the biggest star born and bred in the area is Beyoncé.
Sports and Culture
You can see any sport in Huston, except for an NHL game. The Space City is the home of Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, the Houston Texans, Houston Dynamo FC, Houston SaberCats – top teams, performing in the highest respective leagues.
The Houston Museum District is famous for its 19 museums, including popular names such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Rothko Chapel, The Menil Collection, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Houston Museum of African American Culture.
As a large and modern city, Huston is home to many parks – 337 to be precise. The Herman Park is a 445-acre juggernaut, located to the north of the Texas Medical Center.
Huston is one of the most liberal cities in the world. It is home to large African-American, Hispanic, and Asian communities, along with one of the largest LGBT communities in the US. Furthermore, Huston is one of the largest Christian areas in the United States.
Traffic jams are one of Huston’s biggest problems. Commuters in Houston spend more time on the road than most Americans, averaging an hour or more each day.
Due to its hot and humid weather, Huston is a huge breeding ground for mosquitos.
And due to its proximity to the ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Huston is prone to floods and hurricanes.
Texas has no state income tax, but it’s a trap. This makes up for a sale tax of 8.25%, which is on the high end of the country.
Texas and Colorado head to head!
The two states are widely different. The high-tech state of Texas by the ocean and Colorado, high in the mountains have several similarities. According to the website BestPlaces.net, the cost of healthcare is very similar (92.4 to 92.5 for Denver), while transportation in Texas is considered a bit more expensive (119.0 vs. 116.1). Utilities are also nearly-equal – 96.5 vs. 96.2 for Huston. Denver seriously leads when it comes to housing. Both the Housing and the Median Home Cost are far higher in Denver than in Huston – 80.2 vs. 184.3 and $185,500 vs. $426,200