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Old 04-03-2010, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Weighing variables, however important they are to you, of overall quality of life, affordability, aesthetic beauty, arts, culture, professional sports, great colleges, ease of international travel, whatever... Which of these three mega-cities would you rather live in?

Greater L.A. can include as far north as Ventura, as far south as San Luis Capistrano in Orange Co., and as far east as Redlands in the Inland Empire.

Houston can include as far north as Conroe and as far south as Brazoria and Galveston.

D/FW can be as far west as Weatherford, as far north as Denton County, as far south as Hillsboro, and as far east as Rockwall County.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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Ooooh....good question, as I'm considering all 3 cities myself. I'm leaning towards Dallas personally, as I doubt I could afford to live comfortably in LA though and their economy seems to be very much on the decline right now.
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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If cost and economy arent an issue, LA. LA also is better for colleges and is the easiest to look at.

Otherwise, the economy is much better in Houston and DFW. They are very inexpensive.

What you can find in all three is ease of international travel. LAX, DFW, and Houston (Bush) all have flights to Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. You can find any kind of food youre looking for in all three places. You can find diversity of people in all three too.

I moved from LA (got laid off) and had a choice between DFW and Houston and I choose DFW as a matter of personal preference.
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I think Dallas and Houston are pretty good alternatives to LA. Very different, but they offer lots of culture and activities. I don't think it would be a huge culture shock.
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Old 04-03-2010, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Its a tie breaker between D/FW & Houston.

LA is a fun place to visit, but not to live.

For the money you save living in Texas, you could fly out to LA every weekend if you really wanted to. Its only a 2-2 1/2 hour flight.
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Climate, culture and overall feel - I'd say Houston is closer to LA than Dallas is.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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The final determination of favorability is that Los Angeles is in California and that automatically puts it ahead of any U.S. city.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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LA is a fun place to visit, but not to live.
It is a great place to live if you can afford it and have a decent job. In my opinion if that is the case, its the best place in the country to live. If not, Dallas and Houston are better alternatives.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Climate, culture and overall feel - I'd say Houston is closer to LA than Dallas is.
All three cities have totally different climates.

Houston can be cold/rainy during the winter, hot/humid during summer. Spring & Fall are the best seasons.

Dallas can ice over in the winter & be severely hot/dry, or hot/humid during the summer. Spring & Fall are the best seasons.

LA's weather seems to always be sunny & pleasant, especially further towards the coast you go.

That said, Houston "feels" & looks the most like LA-SoCal culturally & geographically because they're both near the ocean & are both Sun Belt cities. Their skylines & freeways even look very similar.

I think what shocked me the most about my first visit to LA last summer was how flat much of the city was in most parts. I had always thought the whole city was hilly & mountainous, but its not.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Greater Houston
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I think what shocked me the most about my first visit to LA last summer was how flat much of the city was in most parts. I had always thought the whole city was hilly & mountainous, but its not.
In Orange County, I thought I was back in Houston because I couldn't see the Saddlebacks behind the clouds. That place is as flat as a pancake.

Live in L.A. if you can afford it!
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