Personally, I have lived in both states, and think the quality of life is MUCH higher in MN than TX.
By education, health, and other rankings, MN overall does much better than TX.
1. MN is ranked 5th in health, and TX is 40th (out of 50 states). http://www.americashealthrankings.org/
2. MN is ranked 2nd in math and science education, and TX is 31st. http://www.livescience.com/14950-state- ... unced.html
I would take a lower paycheck to live in MN over TX anyday just for the quality of life difference. But you are going to have the same paycheck. It is no contest, IMHO, especially since you don't mind the winters in MN.
Until I looked into the numbers I used to believe your second point as well. I have since come to the conclusion that the overall average differences are almost completely explained by states like MN and WI being significantly less diverse than TX. Control for ethnicity and make those same comparisons and TX does as well or better then MN, in science
, at least as measured by standardized test.
The Data is from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The NAEP is an annual standardized test given to 4th and 8th graders around the country to measure proficiency in math, science, and reading. Participation is fairly universal; if you've had a 4th or 8th grader in the last few years, you're probably familiar with it. Results are compiled on the NAEP website, broken down by grade, state, subject and ethnicity. If you follow the links above, you can easily compare scores in different states for all three subjects. Simply select from the available ethnicities in the tabs toward the top of the page, with a mouse click, and then simply hover your mouse pointer over each state to see what their average score is as compared to the National average.
You will see that although overall Texas is behind MN, in each ethnicity measured Texas for the most part scores higher than MN. Most places refuse to make public education data broken down this way, but it can be very helpful as long as people with real prejudices do not try and use it.
I would expect that the healthcare comparison is also skewed for similar reasons.