This is why we will remain Texas residents for a very long time. Vince sent me this article this morning. Every time I’ve mentioned moving to Missouri, Vince says “Tell me why I would spend $X,XXX to live in Missouri!” He has it figured down to the penny (almost) what it would cost us in taxes to live in Missouri vs. Texas.
There are studies to prove just about anything you want to prove and there may be a study/article that shows living in Missouri costs less than living in Texas but I’d be surprised. Overwhelmingly, the studies show Texas is a good place to live. I’ve yet to see a story that compares states to states on rattlesnakes, scorpions, giant grasshoppers and extreme heat! 🙂
We would never (I don’t think) look at a this study and if we were living in Missouri, say . . hey . . let’s move to Texas but so long as things stay the way they are in Texas, we aren’t going anywhere. That doesn’t mean we won’t find a small house in MO and buy it . . if I have my way.
When you add to the tax benefits, free water (well), free sewer (septic tank), mostly free electricity (solar panels), property taxes in our county are frozen (the taxes on your homestead do not go up) after you turn 65, no need for cable because we’re too busy doing the things we do outside . . it really is a hard place to leave. But, when you think about Addie being in Missouri . . you know what wins for me!
On another expense related note, the groceries here are outrageous compared to what I pay at home. I have no idea why milk is $2/gallon more; bananas are 25¢ more per pound, green peppers are 22¢ more each.
When you live somewhere and never intend to move away, most of us don’t even think about these things but, when you’re in the position we’re in and thinking about moving, these things do factor in. The only states we’ve considered moving to are Louisiana and Missouri.
Maybe we’ll move to East Texas. That would put us close to Louisiana and if we moved to the northeast part of Texas, that would put us closer to Missouri. Or, maybe we’ll just stay where we are and continue talking about moving!