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Old 08-12-2015, 04:10 PM
 
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I wanted to know which one would you pick to live in?
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:40 PM
 
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This one I think is about as close as it could get to a toss up for me.

Raleigh has more trees/parkland, better suburbs, NHL, better higher ed, closer to East Coast cities, and also not too far from OBX and Smokies

San Antonio has more interesting terrain/geology, is closer to the western NPs or at least Big Bend in this case and is right next door to Austin and Hill Country, has a vibrant heavily travled urban area(s), Riverwalk, Market Square, King William Districts, and more history, plus NBA.

Both have a similar population in their regions, and so I'm guessing the quality of many amenities is similar, they even have similar development patterns. Raleigh has a slight advantage to me on weather, as I could handle a 50 degree January more easily than a 95 degree summer.

I'm withholding complete judgment though until someone more informed than me weighs in on K-12 Ed, Traffic/Transit/Roads, overall feel and sense of community, plus cost of living related to jobs available.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:27 PM
 
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Raleigh's going to be more affluent no matter how it's measured. I'd suspect that K-12 education is also superior. Raleigh's adult population is way more educated than San Antonio's and that's probably a good indicator for a lot of related metrics.
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Raleigh's probably going be 5 or 6% higher cost of living.
Raleigh's crime rate is lower for both violent and non-violent crimes.
San Antonio's downtown areas are more developed and mature. Raleigh is furiously building its downtown residential scene but the retail is yet to come. It's probably another 5 years before something significant emerges.
Neither city has a transit rail. San Antonio has a bike share, Raleigh doesn't (yet). Neither city lights it up when it comes to leading transit issues but S.A. is a bit ahead. I can't speak about traffic because I haven't driven them both lately to compare.
Both cities are rapidly growing.
San Antonio is more about its central city and Raleigh is more about being the largest city in a multi-core metro area.
Raleigh's is more Democratic in its voting than San Antonio but Obama carried both core counties in 2012, just Wake County (Raleigh) by a larger percentage. Raleigh also has more left leaning neighboring counties while S.A. had no adjacent blue counties in the 2012 election. http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/e...n-margins.jpeg
San Antonio has way more history and tourism. Raleigh is essentially a new city built around a smaller city core. S.A. traces its history to Spanish missionaries and explorers in the late 17th century while Raleigh was purposely designed to be the state capital of NC in the late 18th century.
Bexar County, TX is nearly double its 1980 population
Wake County, NC is more than triple its 1980 population
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