Best Places to Live

Victoria , TX

Population: 65,303

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No state can survive a recession quite like the Lonestar State. During the Great Recession, Texas steadied itself thanks to stable real estate prices and an extremely diverse mix of industries to keep the jobs flowing. And no Texas city is more recession-resilient than Victoria, a hub of the state’s energy sector. Located between Houston and Corpus Christi, the city is home to a huge Caterpillar excavator plant, Formosa Plastics Corp., polymer and fiber producer INVISTA, DuPont and many others that are constantly expanding and hiring.

Of course, Victoria is also just a great place to live. It’s an extremely charming small town just 40 miles from the Gulf Coast. A small city of just over 60,000 residents, you'll find no shortage of fun things to do here, from outdoor recreation to attractions like The Texas Zoo and the Victoria Ballet Theatre.