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View Poll Results: Would you rater live in the Chicago or Dallas metro areas?
Chicago metro 97 54.49%
Dallas metro 81 45.51%
Voters: 178. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-09-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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nep, since you seem to want to live in a blue state but away from the city why not look into the suburbs of Chicago? Chicagoland has every kind of suburb imaginable.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/chicago-suburbs/
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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All I wanted to know from making this thread is whether people think the overall quality of life is better in the Dallas MSA vs. the Chicago MSA.
Well, what are your priorities?

Do you want to live in a large house for a reasonable price in a cookie-cutter neighborhood and enjoy taking home more money with no state income tax? Then DFW

Do you want to live in a more exciting, liberal city with more cultural amenities, better architecture and more things to do? Then Chicago.
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
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Funny, I've been saying this for years.

Likewise, I find it really scary when young, college-educated people, say, between the ages of 18-35 hold socially conservative views.

Outside of the South, you'd be hard-pressed to find a young person with socially-conservative views/beliefs. Even in heavily Mormon-influenced areas such as Utah and Idaho, you don't really encounter that.
I've also noticed that young people in DFW attend church rather frequently like the adults. I know there's a huge megachurch (honestly it looks like a giant office complex) called Watermark that is a big draw for people in their 20s and 30s. It isn't a liberal learning church, it has a very conservative teaching from what I've heard as well.

I actually asked some of my family (Catholic) up north how common it was for young people to attend church frequently and they said that it was pretty uncommon and most of the congregations they see are middle-aged and elderly, with a few young people.
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:47 PM
 
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Chicago by a mile. Chicago is a real city with a real down-town and real urbaness to it.

Dallas is just some massive suburb.
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Old 04-09-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Yeah, DFW seems more to my liking as far as everyday living, although Chicago is a much more exciting city to visit. From my experience, the more exciting the city, the more expensive and stressful it is to live in.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I've also noticed that young people in DFW attend church rather frequently like the adults. I know there's a huge megachurch (honestly it looks like a giant office complex) called Watermark that is a big draw for people in their 20s and 30s. It isn't a liberal learning church, it has a very conservative teaching from what I've heard as well.

I actually asked some of my family (Catholic) up north how common it was for young people to attend church frequently and they said that it was pretty uncommon and most of the congregations they see are middle-aged and elderly, with a few young people.
If a person goes to church, what does that say about them? They are a bigot perhaps? They hate gay people? What?
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Yeah, DFW seems more to my liking as far as everyday living, although Chicago is a much more exciting city to visit. From my experience, the more exciting the city, the more expensive and stressful it is to live in.
It seems as though you missed my post from before talking about quietness. What you say is not really true for even 50% of Chicago. Next time you visit, make it a point to visit some of the sleepier neighborhoods. You'll be surprised. Most of Chicago is quiet even in the "exciting" areas once you get away from the major streets (only a few blocks). You could live on the 2nd floor of a building 3 blocks away from some major nightlife area and I guarantee you won't hear **** if your street is tree lined, which is most streets in Chicago outside of downtown.

When I did that with my aunt and uncle from LA, they were absolutely shocked at the difference in noise in only a few thousand feet going from a good amount of people noise to almost nothing. There's not people hanging out on every corner of the city even in the summer and some neighborhoods are definitely more car-centric and sleepy.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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Agreed. "Freezing" in Dallas is still usually not that cold compared to freezing in Chicago. The average low in Chicago in the winter is around 20 degrees and often times below that - Dallas rarely gets to that temp and by rarely I mean usually never. While 37 is cold (average Jan low in Dallas), it's still more than the normal high in January in Chicago.

However, I think the point is that people assume that Dallas is in the 70s in the morning everyday of the year which is not true.
Dallas actually got below 20 degrees a couple of times this year.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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Chicago by a mile. Chicago is a real city with a real down-town and real urbaness to it.

Dallas is just some massive suburb.
Obviously, you don't know when you're in Dallas or not.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Dallas actually got below 20 degrees a couple of times this year.
Yeah, well this winter was ****ed up for most of the country so it doesn't really count. Chicago had a few days with -45 wind chills, but that's not even close to normal.
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