One of our favorite things to do here in Texas is complain about the amount of people moving here from California. There is a stigma that seems to come with Californians for whatever reason, and Texans are not exactly fond of them here.

There's a strange paradigm shift happening though, and it's probably going to shock you, along with everyone else in the state.

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For as much as we complain about Californians, it seems Texans have a craving for the state itself. Remember, when you move to a state, you are a resident of it. So if you move from Texas to California, you guessed it, you are technically a Californian now.

Let's break this down a bit. According to the latest census info, around 102,000 Californians left the Golden State and headed here. That's a relatively large number in the grand scheme of things.

So what are these Californians chasing by coming to Texas? The biggest thing seems to be the overall cost of living. Housing, food, and gas are are infinitely cheaper here than they are in California. For example, the average gas price in California is $4.88 per gallon. Crazy right? The average cost of gas in Texas? Just $2.71 per gallon.

That's nearly half the cost it is in California. A 12 gallon tank will run you nearly $60 to fill up in Cali. Here, it's just a touch over $30 to fill up. That alone is enough reason for people to move here.

Now let's look at the other side of the ball here. Texas probably complains about Californians the most out of anyone in the U.S., so the thought of a Texan moving there seems like a pipe dream.

Would it surprise you if I said that more Texans moved to California in the latest census info than residents of any other state? Between 2021 and 2022, there were around 42,000 Texans that left here for California. The biggest reason that seems to be given? The weather.

A lot of the Texas residents moving to California said the summers in Texas have become unbearable, so they are moving to climates that are still warm, but don't have oppressive heat. Seems like a legitimate reason to move.

My thing is this. If we Texans view California as a viable landing spot should we decide to move, then we don't really have the right to complain about Californians entering the Lone Star State, do we?

 

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Check Out The Original Names For These Amarillo Streets

It's hard to imagine these well-known Amarillo streets as any other name. Try to imagine giving directions to someone while using their original names. Gets tricky, doesn't it?

The new names (that we currently know them by) came mostly from associates of Henry Luckett, who drew the first map of the area. When this took place exactly, records do not show, but the street name revamp is covered extensively in 'Old Town Amarillo' by Judge John Crudgington, published in the Plains Historical Review in 1957.

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