Well, I have been thinking about making a change and moving to a new state for some time now, and I have decided that Texas is the state that I would really like to move to. I can't move right now, but I would like to go in a year or two. Why?
Well, I'm a CNA right now, who is struggling financially to live in New Jersey. The cost of living here is crazy! I have to work serious overtime just to make ends meet. My rent is $800, which is killing me, plus all the other bills to add with it. (this doesn't even include credit card and money owed to college.) I don't think it would be possible for me to go to nursing school here and work because I would have to still work overtime just to cover bills. I don't even have internet access at home. (I use the library and the local college's computers.)
Texas is a place that I have been to before (Houston area), and I liked it, and I've read many posts here and other articles about how the cost of living is low, so I am really wanting to get some more feedback from any of you about Texas.
First, I have considered areas around certain cities such as Fort Worth/Dallas and Houston. Would any of those areas be a good place for a CNA to be able to work and make enough to live on with one income? Also, are there any other towns that would be a good place for a CNA to work and live?
Also, I would like to be able to buy a house soon after I move. I can't afford anything around here, so would I be able to afford a home when I become a nurse with one income?
Finally, what is the scary-looking creature/insect factor like? I ask because I know I will just die if I see a snake! (After running away screaming in terror, of course.
) Bugs freak me out, so this is something I have to worry about.
I'm sure I will have more questions, but I will appreciate any feedback.