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Old 07-17-2007, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I currently live in Dallas but love Austin. However I will probably be moving away from Texas two years from now when I go to graduate school. What cities elsewhere in the U.S. are somewhat similar to Austin?
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Old 07-17-2007, 02:43 PM
 
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Never been to either one, but I've heard Portland,OR and Madison, WI are somewhat similar in thier laid back attitude and progressive governments. Why not go to Austin and attend UT? One of the top graduate schools in the Country.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:14 PM
 
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Portland, Oregon.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Id agree with Madison. It doesnt buzz as much as Austin, but its a really nice place, I think you should check it out. Plus, summers are much nicer in Madison, but winters are obviously much more harsh.
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I have heard that Louisville is similar but I don't know if that is true.
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Great responses so far. I'll add Seattle to the list (along with Portland, Louisville and Madison.)

Stretching the imagination further, you might consider Atlanta, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Boise, Denver...

But it depends on what aspects of Austin you're looking for. Do you want to be able to white-water raft inside the city limits? The only other city I know of where you can do that is Rapid City, and it's not much of a city. Do you want a great live music scene? Seattle, Tulsa, Portland, "Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill" and probably a lot of places I don't know about.

Do you want funky artistic culture and green politics? Seattle, Portland, and Asheville, NC.

Do you want the climate of Austin? Scratch all the above and go for a dry version of Austin (Tucson) or a wet version (Atlanta or New Orleans.)

There are millions of micro-factors that comprise our feelings about a location. Without more info it's impossible to predict what you would like as an Austin substitute. Southern California seems to have a lot of connections with Austin, so perhaps that's an outside-the-box region that you could consider.
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:14 PM
 
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I'd agree with Steve-O. Madison could probably be considered Austin's Northern cousin - it is a huge college town/state capital hybrid with a great nightlife scene and plenty of outdoor activities (and I'm saying this as a die-hard Illini man that has no love for the Badgers on the field or court). Plus, you're only a couple of hours away from the world's greatest city AKA Chicago. As noted, the weather is about a 180-degree turn from what you have in Texas.
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Thanks for all the responses. I will defnitely look into these cities. My parents recently moved to Milwaukee so maybe Madison would be a good city.
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