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Old 07-28-2009, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Brescia, Italy
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Ciao. I recently started a discussion in the general US forum to find out a good place in USA for me, now with this topic I'm trying to make a better idea about these two cities.

I'm Italian and I'm planning to move USA in the next 2-3 years; I'm looking for a city with high-tech industries (I'm going to take a master of science in electronics engineering, and my dad is a computer scientist working in electronics automation industry)

WHAT I DON'T CARE:
It's not priority for me finding a city similiar to Italian/European cities (talking about architecture, way of life, people or weather). I'm escaping Italy to start a new life, I'm not looking for a Italy in the USA!

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR:
- As I said, a city with high-tech job avalaibility in electronics, automation and IT market.
- I'm used to live in Brescia, where we have a lot of mountains, woods and also a great lake area close to the city. I'd like a city geographically similiar.

Also I'd like a city without high cost of living (but consider that almost 100% of US States have lower cost of living and lower taxes than Italy.. and I saw that both Austin and Raleigh are not expensive, correct me if I'm wrong)

Unfortunately, even if I go in USA on vacation every year, I've never been neither in TX nor NC... I hope I'll visit both soon, to have a better idea of both the states.

Comments, ideas, experiences will be really aprreciated!!
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:08 AM
 
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Seattle Washington and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania are both on the top 10 list of tech towns. Not Expensive at all, and both located in mountain and forested regions.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:36 AM
 
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Austin. Though I agree with Seattle also. But definately Austin.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Brescia, Italy
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Austin. Though I agree with Seattle also. But definately Austin.
Can you add some details? Why Austin? Better job market, better weather, better people...?
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Boston Metro
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Austin
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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Austin has a lot of culture, but I'm not if they have the high-tech industry that you are looking for. Raleigh does. http://www.rtp.org/files/info@rtp/2008_rtp_at_a_glance_8_page_071608.pdf (broken link)
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: NC
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Both have major pros and cons. It would be honestly a hard choice where to live, but for me personally Raleigh is closer to more things I enjoy, from outdoors to cities, compared to Austin, and that means something to me personally.

And though some Austin folks love UT, Raleigh-Durham is a much more exciting university town because it has three big schools instead of one, so a lot of fun to be had among the rivals. Austin has more "party" hype however but Chapel Hill's Franklin Street is no slouch either.

Bottomline: Austin and Raleigh are basically sister cities, with each having the largest metro growth rates in the country (Raleigh is #1 and Austin is #3); just remember things can change quickly in 2-3 years so check back frequently.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:47 PM
 
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I would say Austin. It has something for everyone and it has a pretty cool downtown and great shops. It also has wonderful outdoor activities. The thing about Austin's food is what I commented on in another thread. You have to look for them but there are some great choices. But I would say visit the places first so you know what to expect. I know they both are known for tech jobs. They have a college atmosphere. You'd be closer to mountains in Raleigh.
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:51 AM
 
Location: Brescia, Italy
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Austin
again, can you be more detailed... why Austin?

Maabus1999, Lovely95 and redfella, thank you for the infos!
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Spain
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Isn't the COL in Austin rising very quickly? That happens to most cities that everyone suddenly decides they want to live in.
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