You knew this was coming sooner or later and there’s pretty much no contesting it. So let's get it over with right now: Living is considerably cheaper in Texas than in New York, or pretty much every single place on the East Coast. Interestingly, Forbes ranked Texas the fourth best state to make a living. Guess which was the fourth worst? New York.
Here's a personal anecdote: I've rented a place that was fully furnished for $450 including utilities. That's like your water bill in New York, right?