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Old 07-15-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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I will b moving south within a couple years & im trying 2 decide where I wanna go. I would like a small town that is not far from a big town. I am getting my behaviour science degree so I will need 2 b able 2 get a job in that area... I have children so I want a safe place, I dont want 2b 2 close 2 the ocean because I dont want 2 deal with huricanes. I dont want to live anywhere that is very reciest because I hav mixed children. I curently live in illinois so I know anything will b better than this I was just hoping sun1 could throw out some towns so I can do some research. Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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Perhaps Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas. Perhaps Oklahoma City, Nashville and Atlanta too.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:02 AM
 
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idk. I think those r a lillt large... we r moving from an area where the towns r 10,000 or less
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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idk. I think those r a lillt large... we r moving from an area where the towns r 10,000 or less
Charlotte NC area?
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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Mint Hill NC
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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idk. I think those r a lillt large... we r moving from an area where the towns r 10,000 or less
I don't know, as small or smaller Southern towns usually have a different vibe than the urban areas. With that said, you may find some that fit what you want.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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Chapel Hill or Carrboro, NC would be a good option. They're safe, liberal small towns with excellent public schools and close proximity to jobs in town or neighboring Raleigh/Durham.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:20 AM
 
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Asheville NC, Blacksburg VA and Charlottesville VA may work too.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Northeast US
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Consider doing research on any of these cities. Good luck with the search hun!

Rogers/Springdale AR
Chattanooga, TN
Greenville, SC
Huntsville, AL
Augusta, GA
Warner Robins, GA
Tallahassee, FL
Columbia, MO
Texarkana, TX/AR
Longview, TX
Midland, TX
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I will b moving south within a couple years & im trying 2 decide where I wanna go. I would like a small town that is not far from a big town. I am getting my behaviour science degree so I will need 2 b able 2 get a job in that area... I have children so I want a safe place, I dont want 2b 2 close 2 the ocean because I dont want 2 deal with huricanes. I dont want to live anywhere that is very reciest because I hav mixed children. I curently live in illinois so I know anything will b better than this I was just hoping sun1 could throw out some towns so I can do some research. Thanks!
I raised my four biracial kids in East Texas and we did fine. We lived between Dallas and Shreveport in the Tyler/Longview area. In fact, I still live in the area though my kids are now grown and have moved.

I love it here. It's a great place to raise a family. From a racial standpoint, I much prefer Tyler and Longview to some of the smaller towns in the area though. Some of the smaller towns only have about a 10 to 12 percent minority population, which I just personally felt wasn't ideal for my racially mixed family.

Tyler has very good schools, and it's a beautiful small city of about 100,000. I mean, it is a BEAUTIFUL town. Decent cost of living. Mostly white collar jobs. Two hours from Dallas and two hours from Shreveport, LA.

Longview is a bit smaller at about 70,000. It's more spread out, more laid back than Tyler and only 30 minutes from Tyler, two hours from Dallas and one hour from Shreveport, Louisiana. Longview is more blue collar because it relies a lot on oilfield and related jobs. It also has good schools.

I think the shopping is VERY good between the two, considering they aren't large cities. There are good farmers markets, whole food stores, and a great mix of chains and independently owned stores and restaurants.

I am not a native East Texan but I moved here twenty years ago and after the initial culture shock, I have come to love it. It's southern in attitude but with a little bit of independent cussedness thrown in for good measure. People really do wear cowboy hats and cowboy boots around here (that took some getting used to), but there's also a level of sophistication that still surprises me sometimes.

Housing is VERY affordable. Roads are good.

We have four seasons - nearly summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas. If you want a green lawn in the summer, prepare yourself emotionally for a high water bill in June, July and August.

But it's worth it. The people are warm, the food is excellent (BBQ and Tex Mex are particularly good!) and there is a LOT to do within a short drive, especially with kids. Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Jefferson, Shreveport and Natchidoches LA are all great places to take kids. There are lots of lakes in East Texas as well, and those are popular destinations.

Good luck!

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