I’ve lived in Dallas for almost two years (originally from Southern California, but I’ve bounced around a lot of the intermountain states). Fiance is from Houston, an Aggie, and loves Texas dearly, but to be honest I hate it here (he knows it too). Each of the major cities seem to have their own personality and subculture; Dallas’ is particularly icky.
The drivers are some of the most oblivious, self-important nutters on the road. Yesterday afternoon on my way home from work one asshat in a brand new pickup truck decided that he was going to try to pass me on the right at the merge point of the on ramp we were on. This was a one-lane on ramp! I’m lucky if I don’t have some sort of near-accident experience during my commute, and I’m not a crazy aggressive driver.
Healthcare is awful here. It’s very difficult to find good doctors and dentists. The dentists are especially drill-and-drug happy.
American football is king here. They spend millions of dollars on high school stadiums. If only they could spend that much money on improving healthcare, or education.
I wish that I could enjoy living here, and I’ve put a lot of effort into that, but I would love to move back to California or have Fiance and I find a different city we could both be happy in to move to. I met Fiance here, so I suppose my experience hasn’t been *all* bad, but he’s familiar with my distaste for the state and knows that it’s not a reflection on him.
This is my experience also.
You want to read some statistics that will scare the poop right out of you?
Legislative Study Group – Texas on the Brink
Here are some statistics regarding how Texas ranks against the rest of the United States in that report:
Dead last in the United States for percentage of population graduated from high school
48th for per capita state spending on arts agencies
47th for average SAT combined scores
2nd highest percent of children with no health insurance
Highest percentage of people with no health insurance
Lowest per capita state spending on mental health
Third highest percentage of population with food insecurity
Second lowest percent of women receiving prenatal care during their first trimester
47th for women’s voter registration
Highest amount of carbon emissions
Highest amount of hazardous waste generated
Ranks fifth in amount of recognized carcinogens released into water
Ranks second in property crime rate
Dead last in voting-age population that actually votes