Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is packing up its iconic headquarters in Palo Alto, CA and relocating to Houston, Texas. News of the surprising move is sourced from an SEC filing date Dec. 1, stating that as its largest U.S. employment hub, “Houston is an attractive market to recruit and retain future diverse talent, and is where the company is currently constructing a state-of-the-art new campus.”
HPE is just the latest Bay Area luminary to make the move to Houston. As it’s become resoundingly clear that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going to go away anytime soon, numerous tech titans are trading in Silicon Valley for Texas. Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of Palantir Technologies relocated to Austin earlier this year with intentions to relocate his venture firm 8VC there, too (Palantir’s headquarters, though, are moving to Denver). Dropbox CEO Drew Houston is also making the move to Austin, though workers can remain remote. Splunk CEO Douglas Merritt has also relocated to Austin, seemingly with designs on sprawling offices; in late January, Intelligence 360 News reported that Splunk would invest $12.2 million to to build out 81,000 square feet of new space in Plano.
Texas is alluring to big tech primarily with the promise that you get more bang for your buck. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 2019, an individual requires 27.2% more income to earn a living wage in California than in Texas. California places higher regulatory and tax burdens on the oil and gas industry, along with federal and state regulations to protect the forestlands of Northern California.
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Unemployment rates and poverty rates are also higher in California than in Texas – though in both areas, if the salary doesn’t match the local living wage, satisfaction is bound to plummet.
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