[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbH60wCO-Yw’]The Lone Star State keeps shining brighter and brighter these days. And the college educated and blue collars millennials are taking note, moving to cities like San Antonio and Houston where young people can still build a life.Those who spend their media time wrapped comfortably in the soothing Blue Cocoon think news like this is just so much Fox News propaganda, but now the BBC in on the story, running with a great list of the reasons behind this migration. The oil and gas boom, combined with the state’s friendly business policies, has transformed Texas into a job creating powerhouse.According to New Geography, four of the top 10 metropolitan areas for job growth in 2013 are in Texas, but again the Texas story doesn’t just come from the usual suspects. Over at the Atlantic, Derek Thompson tells us why Houston is booming. The city was not only the first in the country to regain all the jobs lost after the recession, but “has now added more than two jobs for every one it lost after the crash.”Thompson writes that this is largely due to the city’s unique history. Houston faced an oil bust in 1982, causing oil and mining jobs to fall by 57 percent. But learning from this situation, and thanks to the demographics of its oil industry, the city managed to lose only one in 22 energy industry jobs this time around. It lost one in seven in the 1980s:
Houston’s energy sector is remarkably old — the average age is over 50 — and companies were nervous about laying off too many veteran workers before they had time to pass their skills down to the younger generation. Houston’s energy demographics “helped to moderate energy industry job losses,” leading to fewer job losses overall.
And Houston was also hit by a major real estate bust between 1982 and 1987, prompting it to circumvent similar mistakes in the future:
Houston avoided over-building problems in this recession by tightening lending and home construction in the early years of the crisis. Houston didn’t really have a housing bubble in the 2000s.
So, with a booming jobs market, an $8 billion state budget surplus, low cost of living, high performing schools, and even a green-friendly environment—it’s no wonder people think God might have blessed Texas. Oh, and the state is also one of only seven that impose no personal state income tax. And only five states in the country have a lower individual tax burden overall than Texas.Blue ideologues desperately want to make the case that Texas is a hellhole of poverty and alienation, while California, New York and Illinois show what the good life is like. That case keeps getting harder to make; the Lone Star State is on a roll.