From Nevada to Texas
Nevada is known for several things: its slogan “Battle ready”, silver, the desert, and gambling.
Viva Las Vegas! The city is the largest metropolitan area in the state-the Las Vegas Valley and part of global pop culture. Here, entertainment is King! Millions of people come for the gambling, shopping, food, nightlife and more in this city every year!
The largest employers in the state are Clark County School District, Washoe School District and Clark Country.
The largest private employers are mainly Las Vegas casinos – Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio LLC, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, etc.
Several well-known universities and some research institutions in Nevada serve its state very well. The most prolific are the University of Nevada – in Reno and Vegas, Great Basin College, and University of the Sierra Nevada.
The most famous research institutions are probably the Desert Research Institute and the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame.
Don’t forget Area 51. Boo!
Spending quality free time is the essence of Nevada. In addition to casinos, restaurants, and shopping centers, the state must also provide several recreational areas, such as the Great Basin National Park, the Pony Express Trail, Death Valley National Park, and the Humboldt-Toyaby National Forest.
Nevada also has 68 designated wilderness areas and some great state parks. Be sure to check out the Valley of Fire State Park, La Hontan State Recreation Area, Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Sports is another popular form of entertainment in Nevada. Some major sports teams have successfully defended the national color. The most famous are the Las Vegas Raiders, Las Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Aces.
All these tourists, casinos and clubs must have paid a heavy price for Las Vegas. Nevada may not have a state income tax (yes, it is 0%), but please consider the following:
– High crime rate
– A huge influx of tourists, the noise and the traffic they generate
– There are just a handful of cloudy days per year, but the heat can be unbearable
Nevada can not compete with Texas by no means in terms of opportunities, education and economy. Hence, moving to Texas from Nevada is an easy choice for many people.
Houston has a population of approximately 2.3 million. It is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States.
It is located in the center of the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, which is the fifth most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
The largest employers are the University of Texas at Austin, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr and MD Anderson. The backbone of Houston’s economy is the Lyndon Johnson Space Center, the main space hub of NASA’s main center for manned spaceflight.
The phrase “Houston, we have a problem!” is widely known among the audience.
Texas Medical Center has more than 100,000 employees, receives 10 million patients every year, and has a GDP of 25 billion U.S. dollars. These numbers make it the largest gathering of medical facilities on the planet.
Traffic congestion is one of Houston’s biggest problems. Commuters in Houston spend more time on the road than most Americans, an average of one hour or more per day.
Due to the hot and humid weather, Houston is a huge breeding ground for mosquitoes. Due to its proximity to the ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Houston is prone to floods and hurricanes.
There is no state income tax in Texas, but this is a trap. This makes up for the 8.25% sales tax, which is on the high end in the country.
Las Vegas vs. Houston
If you thought that Vegas is expensive, then you’re wrong. Living there (outside of the huge casinos) is rather inexpensive. However, Houston is cheaper. Income might be slightly lower, but the median home price, groceries, transportation and utilities are far cheaper in Space City.