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View Poll Results: San Antonio vs. Denver vs. Sacramento vs. Other
San Antonio, TX 19 31.67%
Denver, CO 19 31.67%
Sacramento, CA 19 31.67%
Other - please elaborate in post 3 5.00%
Voters: 60. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 03-26-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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San Antonio is growing fast, but I wonder how much of that growth is being fueled by Mexican illegals rushing across the border who take up low end jobs. Unless you want a distinctly south of the border experience, you might want to avoid San Antonio.
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:00 PM
 
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San Antonio is growing fast, but I wonder how much of that growth is being fueled by Mexican illegals rushing across the border who take up low end jobs. Unless you want a distinctly south of the border experience, you might want to avoid San Antonio.
Now, that's a bit ignorant. San Antonio does have a good deal of Latin influence (duh, it's San Antonio), and yes, some of it is illegal (like anywhere in the country). But the standards of living are actually quite high. Business is thriving there and the residents are happy.
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:50 AM
 
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San Antonio is growing fast, but I wonder how much of that growth is being fueled by Mexican illegals rushing across the border who take up low end jobs. Unless you want a distinctly south of the border experience, you might want to avoid San Antonio.

First of all, if they are illegal they are not included in the population growth or numbers.

San Antonio is almost 40 percent white. There are more white people in San Antonio than the pop. of Columbus, Oh. San Antonio looks like any other modern American city. Of course the historic downtown area has it's European feel. It was founded by Spaniards.

Every month San Antonio does attract tens of thousands of wealthy Mexicans who come here to shop at high end shopping malls, etc. I would say they are a major contribution to the 26 million yearly visitors.
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:19 AM
 
Location: California
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Does Sacramento actually get that "ocean air" smell? Hard to describe exactly what it smells like, but it's one of the first things I noticed when I drove into San Diego, even when I was a good 35 miles from the coast-- it smells heavenly. Does "SacTown" get that too?
Having spent a lot of time on the coast, I know exactly what you mean. The short answer is no, Sacramento does not get the nice salty/wet/clean smell that the sea-side cities do. Sacramento is pretty far inland, and only gets the sea-breeze because of the gap in the Coast Ranges. But as Rgb mentioned, is does have a diverse set of smells dependent on location. Down by the river(s), it smells fresh (think of a eucalyptus), many of the rail-depots and such still smell of steam locomotives, and the ag-areas do smell very much like citrus.

I forget to mention, in my earlier post, some of Sac's downsides. Yes, there is a pollution problem. Sadly, much of it is not the fault of Sacramentans, because the same sea-breeze that cools things off also brings in the smog from the San Francisco area. Also, it has some serious issues with flooding. If you're smart, you can easily avoid living in areas that are subject to flooding, but serious floods do hit the area once a decade or so. The area really has had very little earthquake related issues (it's not near any major faults), but is susceptible to grassfires and even the occasional tornado (although they’re rare enough as to be beyond concern). As a resident, you have to accept the fact that, even though you’re not likely to be hit by a major natural disaster, California is hit by them every year, and the impacts from these will economically affect Sacramento indirectly (California is victim to earthquake, floods, fires, volcanoes, mudslides, etc).

Sacramento is basically a rural-redneck town that got big, and as such you have to be prepared for lots of country music, cowboys, tractors pulls, tractor shows, and a general down-home (almost Southern) feel. I personally like this atmosphere, but I know it puts a lot of people off to the area, so it’s certainly something to think about.
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