Top Texas Cities & Why People Are Moving There

Top Texas Cities & Why People Are Moving There

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By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com

Finding your place in this world can be pretty difficult, not to mention how hard it can be to move there. Storage.com is here to help with the moving process, either by providing storage or helping you find the ideal place to call home.

If you’re fixin’ to move to Texas, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 WalletHub report, Texas cities make up five of the 10 fastest growing cities in the United States. This report is based not only on population growth, but also socio-economic factors like educational attainment, median household income, job growth, and more. From small towns to big cities, here are five of the fastest growing communities in Texas.

1. MISSION

Mission Texas city limit sign
Photo by David Davies

Located near the southern U.S. border, Mission was not only named the overall fastest growing city in the country, but it also placed second for highest income growth, and came in fifth in the country for the highest poverty rate decrease. The increase in jobs, income, and population is likely due to the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metropolitan area experiencing employment growth in the healthcare, textile, and manufacturing industries. Mission’s cost of living at 20% lower than the national average doesn’t hurt, either.

2. IRVING

Centennial Park in Irving, Texas
Centennial Park in Irving. Photo by dalmon

While rated the second fastest growing city in the United States, Irving was also named the top midsize city when it comes to growth of cities with 100,000 to 300,000 residents. Located just west of Dallas, Irving is much more than a suburban city. Not only are Fortune 500 companies such as Citigroup, Verizon, and ExxonMobil some of the top employers in Irving, but families enjoy the “work hard, play hard,” mentality of the area. Irving offers attractions such as the International Concert Series in the summer for music lovers, the Texas Greenbelt Trinity River Trail for jogging and biking enthusiasts, and the Dallas Comic Con for cosplayers. However, everyone can enjoy the Taste of Irving, an annual festival dedicated to the flavors of the city.

3. EDINBURG

University of Texas-Pan American
University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg was renamed the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Photo by Aaron Stidwell

Like Mission, Edinburg is part of the rapidly growing McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area, and is also reaping the benefits of recent job growth there. While coming in second to Mission in small cities with the most growth, Edinburg is still another great Hidalgo County community, with an even lower cost of living than its neighboring city, as well as a relatively low 5.5 percent unemployment rate. Locals can also enjoy attractions like the Museum of South Texas History, Los Lagos Golf Club, or the nature trails at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands.

4. AUSTIN

Austin city skyline
Photo by Stuart Seeger

Often seen among the fastest growing cities, it’s worth noting that Austin is the fastest growing large city, with more than 300,000 residents. As a large city, and the Texas capital, Austin has a bit of everything for everyone. It’s a great source of tech jobs as companies like Google, Dell, Intel, Apple, and Facebook all have operations in the city. At the same time, country charm is still felt in this Texas town with cowboy boots seen as regular attire and wildflowers dotting the highways and roads each spring. From the music and films at South by Southwest to enjoying a swim at Barton Springs, there is much to be said as to why people enjoy living in Austin.

5. PHARR

Rudy's BBQ in Pharr, Texas
Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q in Pharr. Photo by m anima

Many Hidalgo County cities are experiencing rapid job growth, including Pharr, another city from the Rio Grande Valley that was named among the top ten fastest growing cities. Pharr was further recognized as the city the with the highest income growth in the country. Pharr offers new residents a cost of living that’s more than 25% lower than the United States average. An international bridge in Pharr connects the city to the Mexican community of Reynosa across the U.S. border.​ Though a small city in the McAllen-Reynosa metropolitan area, Pharr offers residents entertainment opportunities at Smitty’s Juke Box Museum, Cinemark Pharr Town Center, and plenty of Tex-Mex restaurants.

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How Self Storage Can Help When You’re Between Leases

How Self Storage Can Help When You’re Between Leases

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By Patrick Galvan, Storage.com

Whenever you’re changing homes, you have a lot to think about. Let Storage.com help you navigate the process with tips on buying, selling, or renting, or with some additional space to help along the way.

When it’s time to move to a new apartment or house, what do you do with all of your furnishings if the old lease ends before the new one begins?

A self storage unit can be an easy, affordable answer for bridging the gap between leases. Here are just a few of the ways self storage can be helpful when you need a temporary place to store your possessions.

Protection for Your Belongings Between Leases

woman and man loading boxes into a storage unitOne of the foremost advantages to using a self storage unit is the level of physical protection it offers. Your belongings will remain indoors—safe from the elements and theft.

For the best protection, be sure to ask your self storage operator what they offer in terms of security amenities, or compare available storage units at our website, Storage.com.

Features such as video surveillance cameras, on-site management, alarmed units, and a fenced perimeter with gated entry will deter thieves and give you peace of mind while you’re finalizing details for a new residence.

If you are storing temperature-sensitive items such as electronics, wood furniture, and photographs, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit. This will give you further peace of mind, knowing your items will remain safe in a low-humidity environment between 55–85°F. Remember: some of these items are expensive or irreplaceable, so climate control is a priority.

Self Storage is an Affordable Solution

Depending on the location of your storage facility and the size of the unit you rent, you could pay as little as $30 or $40 for one month of self storage. Imagine alleviating your moving stress for just $30! Compare storage facilities, unit prices, and amenities easily at Storage.com to find the best deal. Some facilities will even give you a free moving truck rental with a unit rental, saving you even more money during your move.

Easy Access to Your Possessions

A storage unit also means your possessions will remain at your disposal whenever you need them or when you have found a new apartment and are ready to move in. For instance, if you’re using your storage unit to hold paper documents and you need to retrieve one to complete your business transactions, you can do just that with a storage unit. For the utmost convenience, look for facilities that offer 24-hour access. This way, you can enter the facility and access your unit at any time that’s convenient for you.

Short-Term Rental Agreements

Once you decide upon a unit size and amenities, your next question is: how long will I need my storage unit? This is a very difficult question to answer during the chaotic times of finding a new residence and moving, so your best option is to rent from a facility that offers short-term rental agreements. This means, in essence, you can pay for your storage unit on a weekly or monthly basis and stop renting whenever you no longer need it.

couple moving into a new apartmentSelf storage also makes it easy when it’s time to move into your new place. With no hard deadline to be out of your storage unit, you don’t have to stay up until all hours of the night, transporting items in one day. Instead, you can transfer your items to your new home as it’s convenient for you. Grab essential items such as furniture on the day of the move and pick up odds and ends when have more time in your schedule. If need be, you can stretch out your move over the course of several days.

In short, a self storage unit allows you to move at your own pace in the process of finding a new home and moving in. Save yourself some of the stress between leases and rent a self storage unit.

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