Forbes rates Collin County (our county) the 14th best county in America in which to raise a family, edging out Marin County at #15.
Business Week rates the best and worst cities for pay, cost of living adjusted, in various disciplines. Dallas is near the top of virtually every job type. Slides 12 and 17-19 are of particular interest to our family.
Forbes rates Dallas the tenth best recession-proof city.
Some cost of living comparisons with other cities of interest, all done using $100K base (so you can easily see % difference) in Plano. Following the link will let you see what areas comprise the difference, often housing is the prime suspect.
Sacramento: $123k (to equal a $100k salary in Plano)
Salt Lake City: $100k
Northern VA: $141k
CNN just named Texas the top state for business for 2008.
From the San Antonio BizJournal:
CNBC Inc. ranked Texas as the best all-around state economy and the No. 1 state to do business in America in 2008.
Texas boasts over half of the nation's new jobs created in the past 12 months, and has added over 1.2 million net new jobs in the past five years, more than any other state.