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Apartment Living in Texas
As they say, "Everything is bigger in Texas" and your choice of apartment living is no exception. Whether you're looking for an apartment by a soothing and sunny coastline, close to Houston or nestled near the hills and stars of Austin's music scene, the Lone Star State has what you are looking for.
Texas boasts of having over five cities with a population that exceeds the half a million mark; three of which are among the 10 largest cities in the nation; and two, Houston and Dallas, registering as global cities. While the cities continue to grow, Texas never seems to lose its southern hospitality and spirit for having fun, making these four cities the most sought after hot spots in the state.
Apartment Living in Houston
Known as the energy capital of the world, Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the nation. Recently ranked as the leading city in the July 2008 Kiplinger's article, Best Cities to Work, Live and Play, Houston's cost of living is the lowest for any city of its size nationwide. Given its strong economy, abundant jobs, thriving downtown, parks, performing arts centers, world-class museums, sports venues and large selection of reasonably priced apartment rentals, Houston continues to attract those looking for the good life. The average apartment is affordable at approximately $700 per month.
Apartment Living in Dallas
Now if you like to shop, Dallas is your city. As the second largest city in Texas, Dallas is said to have more shopping centers per capita than any other U.S city. Dallas is also recognized for its entertainment and cultural districts, educational institutions, famous sports franchises, such as the world-renowned Dallas Cowboys, fine dining, and is home to the State Fair of Texas, which attracts over 3 million visitors yearly. With all of this activity, Dallas' downtown has also seen a resurgence of apartment living with the average apartment starting around $750 for both in the city and suburban living.
Apartment Living in San Antonio
San Antonio is centrally located in the heart of Texas and is best known to history buffs as the home of the Alamo. It is said to be "Where Tex-Mex meets the Old West". While San Antonio is one of Texas' fastest growing cities, it is also quickly becoming the state's leading entertainment destination with its famous Riverwalk, the Tower of Americas, SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta theme parks. Better still, the cost of living in San Antonio is 25 percent lower than the national average making all of this fun that much more affordable. Apartment living can start as low as $400 dollars per month!
Apartment Living in Austin
Austin and its surrounding areas give Texas yet another city with a strong economy and a reasonably priced housing market. Home to the state's capitol, the University of Texas Longhorns, a high-tech industry and lively music scene, Austin's downtown has to transform itself to accommodate its growing population by adding more than a dozen new residential buildings to its already abundant apartment living community. Austin is a young and up and coming city that is attracting newcomers to its electric downtown district and serene surrounding communities. Apartments close to downtown average $750 per month while some of the newer apartments nearby start around $600 with student living near the campus starting even lower.