I lived in Texas for 2 years exactly. I had mixed feelings for it that never materialized into actually wanting to stay there. I moved straight from Miami to Arlington (a suburb of Dallas/Ft Worth).
For one, most of Texas is just too flat and too far from water! I don't mind being far from water now because I'm near the mountains.
I thought Dallas was always a progressive and big city with great architecture, but I never liked the people, the music...the attitude. I never adjusted to it and it was such a big change. I ended up moving to San Antonio.
When I lived in San Antonio I found it alot easier to meet people, and everyone sort of knew everyone. But what I didn't like is that it is FULL of drunks and drunk drivers. Actually, that speaks for most of Texas. I also found the wages in San Antonio to be horridly cheap, I struggled to make a living there for 7 months until I finally had enough I left the state for good! And they seemed to be obsessed with that crappy radio jam crap. Nothing original ever being heard.
Houston was okay, the Galleria Mall was certainly a nice thing to have there. Lots of seafood places, good fashion... Yet at the same time, it's home to some very conservative, backwater hick types and personally I very rarely ever had a good time going down there.
And then Austin is like this city that's supposed to be so different from Texas but to me it's the epitome of. However, I can't say too much about it cause I never really went out on the town there...but at the same time the opportunity never presented itself. I was convinced that the locals wanted to keep Austin White AND weird.
Overall what'd I think of Texas? I'd give it a C-. And I would never attempt to move back there again. I do visit occasionally and yes I still have fun there at times, but that's all I would be willing to do.