What You Should Know About Living and Working in the Top Texas Metropolitan Areas

What You Should Know About Living and Working in the Top Texas Metropolitan Areas

Texas is home to some really beautiful metropolitan areas; Their inner city skylines alone are enough to lure you you in. When you realize what all they have to offer, though, it can be near impossible to turn away. Big Texas cities are rich in career opportunities – from healthcare and finance to science and tech – that ambitious women would be foolish to ignore.

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The four largest cities in Texas – Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio – have inspired huge growth in neighboring populations and a surge in high-paying, high-quality jobs. For Texas natives, it goes without saying that these four cities are the best bet in finding great career options. If you've spent more than a few years here – maybe studying at one of our top universities – you also know this to be true.

As obviously awesome as these metros may be, it's not always as obvious what their individual differences are. For young women starting their careers, these little things can be the factors that decide in which Texas city they plant their roots.

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I know how overwhelming it can be to move to a new place; I've lived in three different cities in the past two years, with my move to Austin being the most recent (and also the easiest). I've learned which qualities about a city are important to me and other women my age. And now, you can see how the top Texas metropolitans measure up.

By focusing on some key statistics about the Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio metros, you can make a clear call about what living and working in each one would be like. When you're ready to take the plunge and look into them more, the U.S. Census Bureau's online database includes everything you'd ever need to know.


Austin-Round Rock

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Living there

Total population: 1.8 million
Total percentage of women: 49.95%
Median age of women: 33.8 years old
Median monthly housing cost: $1,189

Working there

Unemployment rate: 3.5%
Median salary for women with a Bachelor’s degree: $42,808
Median salary for women with a Graduate degree or higher: $52,244
Top industries for women: Healthcare & social assistance, education, science/tech
Percent of working women who are self-employed: 6%
Most common commute: 15-19 minutes


Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

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Living there

Total population: 6.7 million
Total percentage of women: 50.76%
Median age of women: 35 years old
Median monthly housing cost: $1,089

Working there

Unemployment rate: 4.1%
Median salary for women with a Bachelor’s degree: $47,777
Median salary for women with a Graduate degree or higher: $57,648
Top industries for women: Healthcare & social assistance, education, retail
Percent of working women who are self-employed: 5.2%
Most common commute: 30-34 minutes


Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

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LIVING THERE

Total population: 6.2 million
Total percentage of women: 50.29%
Median age of women: 34.4 years old
Median monthly housing cost: $1,062

WORKING THERE

Unemployment rate: 5.7%
Median salary for women with a Bachelor’s degree: $48,551
Median salary for women with a Graduate degree or higher: $59,171
Top industries for women: Healthcare & social assistance, education, retail
Percent of working women who are self-employed: 5.2%
Most common commute: 30-34 minutes


San Antonio-New Braunfels

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LIVING THERE

Total population: 2.2 million
Total percentage of women: 50.79%
Median age of women: 35.6 years old
Median monthly housing cost: $931

WORKING THERE

Unemployment rate: 4.1%
Median salary for women with a Bachelor’s degree: $44,435
Median salary for women with a Graduate degree or higher: $55,709
Top industries for women: Healthcare & social assistance, education, finance/insurance
Percent of working women who are self-employed: 4.4%
Most common commute: 20-24 minutes


Best Texas metro area by category

LIVING THERE

Highest female population density: San Antonio metro
Lowest median monthly housing cost: San Antonio metro

WORKING THERE

Lowest unemployment rate: Austin metro
Highest median salary for women with a Bachelor’s degree: Houston metro
Highest median salary for women with a Graduate degree or higher: Houston metro
Highest percentage of female entrepreneurs: Austin metro
Shortest commute: Austin metro

So, which Texas metropolitan reigns supreme? Well, there's no one right answer. The appeal of each metro depends on what you personally value in these categories, and a range of other factors may come into play (weather, crime rate, political affiliation, etc). 

These stats act as a great quick guide for getting started on your research into Texas metropolitans. Where your search takes you from here is up to you!


Unemployment rate data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. All other data provided by the United States Census Bureau. All presented data is most current available.

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What You Should Know About Living and Working in the Top Texas Metro Areas | The LC Studio
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