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Old 06-29-2017, 07:49 AM
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Hello everyone!

This is my first post to city-data so bear with me. I have this once in a lifetime opportunity to move to any city in the United States. I am currently working a good job from home and my fiance, a recent US immigrant, will be looking for mechanical engineering jobs.

I have been debating between cities to move to in the next year. Atlanta and Austin seem to be most appropriate because of it's value and proximity to manufacturing companies. I'd love to hear your take on which city is better or if you think there are other cities which could be better.

Important things:

We are looking for some international /diversity presence. My fiance is a brown muslim/atheist guy with a strong accent and I'm a multiracial woman with an afro so we are looking towards living in a place where we don't get too many stares

We also would like a place with fairly good public transportation, good walkability, good nightlife and a fairly low cost of living.

Engineering opportunity

Not so important things:

Weather. (I'm from Minnesota and can easily adapt)
City size/population density.
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:57 AM
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Hi, welcome to the States and city-data. I think both cities are fine, but Atlanta is much larger, so keep that in mind. And I think it has a much stronger AA culture.

Good luck.
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:04 AM
Location: Nashville, TN
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Atlanta, there is no comparison.
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:43 AM
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I'd also add in Houston and Dallas if you're considering Texas and for the following reasons:

*Relatively low COL -- depending where you're moving from.
*Abundant job opportunities. Dallas is the logistics hub of the South Central region of the country and has one of the most diversified economies in the country. Houston is a bit more tied to oil & gas, but would definitely be a great place for a mechanical engineer.
*Diverse population -- Houston is one of the most diverse and international cities in the country, with Dallas not that far behind. Large AA population and with all different types of religious groups. Austin's AA population is miniscule to that of Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta.
*Good Nightlife -- you're far more likely to find a diverse bar and club (or ones that are predominately AA) in Houston/Dallas/Atlanta over Austin. Austin caters more to "whites" -- hipsters, techies, and college students. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I think you will feel a little out of place there. Houston & Dallas offer a lot more for what you're looking for.

Cons of Houston, Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, {insert newer sunbelt city here}
*Generally un-walkable outside of their immediate Downtown areas. Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta have more walkable nodes throughout their city than Austin does, but again, none of them are like Chicago or NYC.
*Good public transit -- Again, not very adequate and you would have to make sure your house and job location is near a rail line or bus stop. Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Austin in that order from best to worst. Dallas's DART is most extensive (mileage-wise), while Houston has a much better bus system. Atlanta's MARTA is better for inner city than Dallas's DART. They all have their strengths/weaknesses.

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