Well, I'm going to bat for Georgia. I was born in Dallas, Texas and lived in Texas for most of my life. Being a Native Texan....I will always love it! But, having been in Georgia (Marietta, which is a northern suburb of Atlanta) for over 8 years, I have to say that it's nice getting to enjoy all 4 seasons. We too have pro football, baseball, hockey and all the of the sports that Texas offers. We have a huge Art society. Also, we have some of the best medical facilities in the country. People come here from all over just to be near our doctors and hospitals.
We have CNN, Coca-Cola World Headquarters, The Weather Channel, and many many other Fortune 500 companies. The job rate is about the same across the board nationwide. The crime rate is "not so great" in the city...but the suburbs are perfectly safe. I'm sure the same can be said about any major city!
I would say the only "downside" to Atlanta is the traffic...but you do get used to it and plan accordingly!
I live in East Cobb (a part of Marietta) and we have the top rated schools in the country. Our schools offer a public education on a private education level. The schools have been recognized not only on an academic level but in sports, bands, chorus and more!
If you are interested further in finding out more about the beautiful state of Georgia...please feel free to call me anytime.