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Old 04-09-2015, 10:03 AM
 
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I chose Dallas many years ago after doing research in a small city in Louisiana. It was in the middle of a big recession. I learned that Dallas had a stable economy, diverse businesses, and was doing relatively well, compared to many cities in the U.S.

It all depends on what your goal is. If you are young, want job opportunities, make some money, buy a reasonably priced home one day...Dallas is the choice over Austin, since Dallas is a much bigger city with many many more jobs. Dallas pay is also higher than Austin. But the two offer a difference in lifestyle. So if you want the Austin lifestyle, you have to live there, and it'll cost you, money-wise.

Austin is prettier and has a more laid back atmosphere. Lots easier to walk and bike places. Dallas is spread out, area wise, so it's almost impossible not to depend on your car most of the time. But if you're looking to get ahead financially, Dallas is the choice, hands down. It also snows here almost every year, which I love!
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:29 PM
 
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People who chose Dallas over Austin to move: What were some of the reasons? Is it worth it? Thanks!
Crack addiction. Possibly mental illness. (I kid.)
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:11 PM
 
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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).
Those were almost my exact reasons. Also, I think that you have a point in being close to Oklahoma, its vastly underrated in the eyes of most Texans, especially Austinites. The Wichita and Ouachita mountains mountains are so much more scenic than the hill country. And the casinos are pretty fun to go to occasionally. Most of my friends in Austin hardly ever get out to the hill country anymore to enjoy it because they are working too much, or are so sick of dealing with day-to-day traffic that they refuse to deal with it on their days off.
I still have a house I am renting out in south Austin and I'm down there almost every weekend. It seems like its getting so overcrowded, with long waiting lines and parking fees to go anywhere that used to be fun. The real funky-weird Austin that I loved living in for 15 years, is now a watered-down version of itself. The city itself is really having a hard time dealing with all the growth and it doesn't seem to be in the position to improve any time soon. It actually makes me kind of sad to go down there, remembering how fun it used to be. Like seeing an old girlfriend who used to be so beautiful....and now she just let herself go.
Thats my attempt at an analogy anyway. LOL
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:44 PM
 
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Those were almost my exact reasons. Also, I think that you have a point in being close to Oklahoma, its vastly underrated in the eyes of most Texans, especially Austinites. The Wichita and Ouachita mountains mountains are so much more scenic than the hill country. And the casinos are pretty fun to go to occasionally. Most of my friends in Austin hardly ever get out to the hill country anymore to enjoy it because they are working too much, or are so sick of dealing with day-to-day traffic that they refuse to deal with it on their days off.
I still have a house I am renting out in south Austin and I'm down there almost every weekend. It seems like its getting so overcrowded, with long waiting lines and parking fees to go anywhere that used to be fun. The real funky-weird Austin that I loved living in for 15 years, is now a watered-down version of itself. The city itself is really having a hard time dealing with all the growth and it doesn't seem to be in the position to improve any time soon. It actually makes me kind of sad to go down there, remembering how fun it used to be. Like seeing an old girlfriend who used to be so beautiful....and now she just let herself go.
Thats my attempt at an analogy anyway. LOL
I truly love the Wichita Mountains; you can pretty much see them from the town I'm from. Additionally, since I'm very close to my family and I go home probably about every three weekends to see my family or to participate in tribal activities/cultural stuff so Dallas won out over Austin for me. Also, there is a much larger Native American population in the D/FW area so that was a major plus. It was happenstance that I moved two blocks away from the only Native American church in the area.......I found out after a month of living here when I was jogging and I could smell fry bread cooking and finally paid attention to the sign outside.

It's crazy because it seems that as soon as you cross over from north Texas, either from Highway 80, 75, or I35, to Oklahoma it's much more scenic. With that said, I am in Austin a lot since my best friend does live there. Now I just need one of my friends to get a job in San Antonio so I can have a free place to stay and then I'll have friends in all of the major Texas cities.

ETA: Your analogy about the busted-looking girlfriend has me cracking up!
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Austin/Houston
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For the superficial me, Dallas just look newer, cleaner, spiffier, more advanced compared to Houston and Austin in general. Maybe it was because I was driving along the DNT when checking out Dallas.

OK, but this is between Dallas and Austin. Why even mention Houston? It has nothing to do with this.
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:42 AM
 
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Dallas sucks other than having lots of jobs. Oh and there is always somewhere to get drunk here, but if that's what you live for, then you have bigger problems.

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People who chose Dallas over Austin to move: What were some of the reasons? Is it worth it? Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Dallas sucks other than having lots of jobs. Oh and there is always somewhere to get drunk here, but if that's what you live for, then you have bigger problems.
To each his own. I guess it really depends on what you were expecting or what you're looking for. Would also depend on how deeply you delve into neighborhoods and keep up with that is going on. As always, YMMV.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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I truly love the Wichita Mountains; you can pretty much see them from the town I'm from. Additionally, since I'm very close to my family and I go home probably about every three weekends to see my family or to participate in tribal activities/cultural stuff so Dallas won out over Austin for me. Also, there is a much larger Native American population in the D/FW area so that was a major plus. It was happenstance that I moved two blocks away from the only Native American church in the area.......I found out after a month of living here when I was jogging and I could smell fry bread cooking and finally paid attention to the sign outside.

It's crazy because it seems that as soon as you cross over from north Texas, either from Highway 80, 75, or I35, to Oklahoma it's much more scenic. With that said, I am in Austin a lot since my best friend does live there. Now I just need one of my friends to get a job in San Antonio so I can have a free place to stay and then I'll have friends in all of the major Texas cities.

ETA: Your analogy about the busted-looking girlfriend has me cracking up!
A Native American church? That's great bro, I'm 1/4 Cheyenne, so that sounds interesting.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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Dallas sucks other than having lots of jobs. Oh and there is always somewhere to get drunk here, but if that's what you live for, then you have bigger problems.
Yea, it will be what you make of it...
Good luck with that
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Old 12-16-2015, 09:44 PM
 
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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.
"Weird vibe", in my experience, usually means unattractive women and a judgemental atmosphere.
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