Re Texas: summer weather here (Houston area) is extremely hot (but cooler than, say, Death Valley, but not by much) winter weather is fantastic (seldom gets down to 35). No state income tax. People are extremely friendly. Easy-going laid back lifestyle. Freeway traffic is heavy, but the freeways are wide (one has a total of 24 lanes) and the traffic generally flows at 60 or better. Except for the Gulf and many lakes, we're no match for your scenery. The state is growing like crazy, and the state treasury has about $10 billion just sitting in a rainey day fund. On balance - OK.