People in the Northeast and Midwest (and Texas) pay the highest property taxes
Rapid Population Growth: The state's population skyrocketed in the last two decades, from 17 million inhabitants in 1990 to more than 25 million last year. That flood of new residents led to increased spending in the Texas economy, and thus more jobs. The population in Texas has grown for a multitude of reasons, but as Paul Krugman wrote recently in an article titled, "The Texas Unmiracle," Texas' model for job growth would not be feasible on the national level since, "every state can’t lure jobs away from every other state."
Energy: Texas also boasts a robust oil and natural gas industry that has boomed along with the rise in energy prices.
$17 Billion Of Federal Stimulus: According to an analysis conducted by the Austin American-Statesman, almost half of Texas' job growth in the past two years took place in the education, health care, and government sectors, all areas supported by federal stimulus money.
Rick Perry's Jobs Miracle Might Not Be Such a Miracle - Business Insider
Texas Has Highest Uninsured Rate, High Poverty
Texas Has Highest Uninsured Rate, High Poverty « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Don't shoot the messenger.