So, where exactly is the heart of Texas? Some say it’s in the sea of bluebonnets that bloom every spring like a million ;ecks of sapphire through the Hill Country west of Austin.
Perhaps it’s in Austin itself, utterly eclectic, foodie, and musical,
and widely regarded as one of the three coolest cities in America.
Maybe it’s in the mountains of the Chihuahuan Desert in West
Texas, so removed from city lights that stargazers revel in a night
sky as dark and dense with celestial sparkle that nary a Lone Star
may be found.
Or maybe the heart of Texas is found in the tranquil coastal
towns dotting 367 miles of pristine Gulf of Mexico shoreline, or
in the lush hardwood forests of East Texas. Perhaps it’s deep in
the weathered limestone walls of the Alamo, or just blocks away
washed in the colorful vibrancy of the San Antonio Riverwalk.
For many, it’s in the metro centers of Dallas and Houston, both
of which are thriving in a new and diverse business culture, having declared independence from decades of oil-centric life.
So wherever the trail leads you in Texas, you’ll ;nd a welcoming
home…deep in its heart.
Deep in the Heart of Texas
State Sales Tax: The Texas state sales tax rate is
6.25%, and the average Texas sales tax after local
surtaxes is 8.05%.
Income Tax Rates: Texas is one of seven states that
do not collect a personal income tax.
Tax Incentives: Retirement income is not taxed in
Texas, and there is no inheritance tax. Groceries,
prescription drugs, and non-prescription drugs are
exempt from Texas sales tax.
Average Cost of Living: Based on the Federal Cost
of Living Index, Texas’ score of 90. 3 is below the
national average of 100.
Medical Centers: U.S. News & World Report rates
Houston Methodist Hospital #1 in Texas, excelling
in 10 adult specialties including: Diabetes, Cardiology ,and Cancer. Baylor University Medical Center
in Dallas (Gastroenterology and Neurology) and
University Hospital in San Antonio (Nephrology,
COPD, and Urology) are also very highly ranked
TX — AT A GLANCE