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Old 01-23-2015, 06:47 PM
 
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I moved from Austin in 2005. I worked for the state and was single, living in an apartment. I wanted to buy a home so badly, but there was no way I could afford it on my salary and the practically nonexistent annual raises I got without moving somewhere that would give me a horrific commute. Plus the dating scene wasn't that great in Austin once you aged out of the college crowd. I didn't see a future for me there. Now, in Dallas, I have a home, a husband, and a reasonable commute. Yeah, Austin is pretty, but only if you live on the West side, which costs big bucks.
Glad to see everything worked out for you Aggielina....

My house would probably be foreclosed on by now if I hadn't made the move to Dallas. I know lots of people who moved to Austin for the recreational activities, festivals and nightlife...only end up in an outlying area, like Del Valle or Manor, and barely able to make ends meet. They don't even get a chance to go anywhere, or have any money left to enjoy the events, music or good food that they moved to Austin for.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:52 PM
 
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El Pollo Regio started in Dallas and Fiesta started in Houston ironically enough.
Thanks.....that's a perfect example of how us Austinites believe that everything originates from Austin. I also used to believe that Stevie Ray Vaughn and Lance Armstrong were born and raised Austinites, until I found out they were from Oak Cliff and Plano (respectively).
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:35 PM
 
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Thanks.....that's a perfect example of how us Austinites believe that everything originates from Austin. I also used to believe that Stevie Ray Vaughn and Lance Armstrong were born and raised Austinites, until I found out they were from Oak Cliff and Plano (respectively).
For a city its size, though, Dallas is pretty lacking in a lively arts or music scene. I'm sure some here will disagree with me and ultimately "good" is a matter of personal preference, but I don't find it appealing.

Around here, the arts and music events that I might enjoy (surrealism, avant-garde, photography for art and jazz, 19th and 20th century classical, etc. for music) are more the types of events where people go to be seen rather than to experience anything. I have to go to Fort Worth for culture because I don't think I should have to dress up or pay a valet in order to look at paintings or listen to a good performance.






....and Austin's even worse for that. For every Stevie Ray who graces Austin with his presence you've got a five thousand shaggy, sticky, unwashed, tattooed, body-pierced wannabe hippies strumming guitars tunelessly in bars.
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:48 AM
 
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When I decided that I was going to move to Texas, I considered all 4 of the major cities: San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

I was looking for an economic powerhouse city with a quality social life for a single male in his 20s.

San Antonio was the first one to get eliminated. I didn't think it was dynamic enough economically.

Austin got eliminated next. Austin has some positive economic attributes. But I didn't think it was big enough for what I was looking for. I was also very concerned about its weird vibe. I'm not a weird, offbeat guy. When I was a senior in high school, one of the schools I got into was the University of Colorado, in Boulder, CO. Boulder, CO had a very weird vibe, which is much like the vibe in Austin. I didn't go to the University of Colorado partially because I didn't think Boulder was a good fit for me. Socially, I didn't think Austin was the right fit for me, and it wasn't going to offer the economic opportunities of Dallas or Houston.

So it came down to Dallas and Houston. Both offered what I was looking for economically. I wanted a metro area with a lot of Fortune 500 HQs, because that's a sign of a great business climate. A problem I had in Phoenix is that despite the big population in that area, the infrastructure has not kept pace with the growth, and the business climate isn't great there, because there are not a lot of good corporate HQs there. I felt that Dallas' economy was a little bit more diverse than Houston's (too much in oil & gas where I did and do not have experience there, but if I was in oil & gas, I'd be more inclined to go there). I also felt that socially Dallas was just slightly better. It has been a good run in Dallas so far.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:57 AM
 
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Thanks all, the more comments the better
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:50 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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No HEB though..
Remember, HEB-owned Central Market has something like 5 metroplex locations, and HEB apparently has bought up land all over the region, so....
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:54 AM
 
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Austin was very compelling. But...Size matters.

While Austin was seeing higher percentage growth in jobs and local economy, even in high tech the raw numbers of job opportunities in Dallas were (and are) much greater.

That, and HQ for two major airlines for work travel - more, and more frequent, direct flights.

Raising a family means not worried about the "bar scene" and related entertainment, but prioritize the breadth of opportunities for kids available in Dallas, and the broad selection of neighborhoods with great schools (and slightly cheaper houses vs similar in Austin).
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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People who chose Dallas over Austin to move: What were some of the reasons? Is it worth it? Thanks!
I actually had a job offer in both cities and while I loved Austin Dallas is the one that won out for me:

1) Job offer in Dallas was about 25k more than Austin;
2) Proximity to Oklahoma to visit family;
3) The housing market in Austin is heavily overpriced (in my opinion);
4) Way more diversity in Dallas (in my opinion);
5) Friends.....most of my friends are in the DFW metroplex;
6) Finally, Austin had too many damn hipsters (in my opinion).
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:54 PM
 
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Going places to be seen is more of a Uptown/Park Cities/North Dallas/Preston Corridor mindset. East Dallas and Oak Cliff people don't care.
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