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Old 04-28-2019, 08:35 AM
 
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I am curious about those who have relocated to Austin with the intention of staying, but ended up deciding it wasn’t for them. What were your reasons for deciding to leave? If so, where did you end up deciding to relocate - either back to your original roots or elsewhere? And last, how long did it take for you to come to this decision?
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:33 PM
 
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*crickets*
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:40 PM
 
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I am curious about those who have relocated to Austin with the intention of staying, but ended up deciding it wasn’t for them. What were your reasons for deciding to leave? If so, where did you end up deciding to relocate - either back to your original roots or elsewhere? And last, how long did it take for you to come to this decision?
What do you mean? Like relocating to Round Rock or Cedar Park etc.? /s

So ... it's kind of like an unspoken rule here. We don't ever talk anything bad about Austin area. Sorta taboo.

But yeah, I've known quite a few who bought in to the hype and got disappointed and left after a couple years. Then there are those who couldn't believe how hot it can get and left. Of course there are always those running away from allergies.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:31 AM
 
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People who moved here then left are unlikely to still be hanging out on the Austin forum. I can think of half a dozen who have moved here after coming onto the Austin forum and ignoring answers that disagreed with their fantasy idea of Austin -- then left Austin because it didn't measure up to that fantasy.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I can think of one poster who, thank goodness, hasn't moved here based on the feedback they've gotten. They were under the impression they could find an apartment and have a good quality of life on a 25k a year salary. He hasn't made the move yet.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:53 AM
 
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Allergies may end up a reason to leave. Never had allergies in past, now weekly need for Zyrtec and wife has worse symptoms. If kids start to show similar reaction, need to find easier place to breath.

Carpets have been changed to hardwood, bedrooms have air purifiers.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:44 AM
 
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there have been a few posts like this in the past.

I would say

1) cost of living increases
2) allergies
3) too crowded/change of culture
4) never liked it
5) job change, would like to come back

Were the top reasons.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:52 AM
 
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People who moved here then left are unlikely to still be hanging out on the Austin forum. I can think of half a dozen who have moved here after coming onto the Austin forum and ignoring answers that disagreed with their fantasy idea of Austin -- then left Austin because it didn't measure up to that fantasy.
Well ... while people need to do their due diligence I also don't think this hype of Austin being some kind of a paradise is proper.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:55 AM
 
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Allergies may end up a reason to leave. Never had allergies in past, now weekly need for Zyrtec and wife has worse symptoms. If kids start to show similar reaction, need to find easier place to breath.

Carpets have been changed to hardwood, bedrooms have air purifiers.
I know of many who put up with allergies of their own but when it affected their kids they didn't give it a second thought and got out of Central Texas.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:52 AM
 
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There have been several regular posters here over the years who struggled with the adjustment and eventually moved away and at least a couple who moved in and pretty rapidly moved out!

It definitely happens, Austin and Texas aren't for everyone. Took me five years to feel at home here.

Some reasons I have seen:

severe allergies
small and closed legal community
lack of director-level jobs
lower COI not offset by lower prevailing wage
no Italian bread, egg sandwiches, heavy metal concerts tours, pro sports, interest in the Patriots (folks from the NE who mistakenly think that their regional experiences/items are universa)
no public land for hiking/hunting
not urban enough -- the entire region can feel like a huge suburb to some
too hot for too long -- some people (and some dogs) just cannot handle the heat and the loong duration of the heat
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