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Old 08-28-2014, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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More like, if youre educated and skilled, want to start new, and be surrounded by wide open, gorgeous desert in cities with unique character, come to Phoenix!
I was just throwing a stereotype back in the stereotypist's face. 8to32 is a Phoenix homer who loves to leave troll comments in these threads. In all actuality, I feel pretty much the same way about Phoenix as I do about Texas. As far as "educated and skilled/uneducated and unskilled" goes, neither place really gets to talk smack about the other too much.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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We're not just talking about large, populated states though. We're also talking about business friendly states, states with no income tax and a low cost of living. If you factor in those things as well, Texas wins all the way around.
The major metros of Texas are no longer cheap. Look at Houston. Home values literally are $100K higher than they were just two years ago. They are now just as expensive as central Connecticut. Austin isn't cheap either. With tons of congestion, traffic, illegal aliens, and rising housing costs, I don't see TX as an attractive place to live.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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The major metros of Texas are no longer cheap. Look at Houston. Home values literally are $100K higher than they were just two years ago. They are now just as expensive as central Connecticut. Austin isn't cheap either. With tons of congestion, traffic, illegal aliens, and rising housing costs, I don't see TX as an attractive place to live.
And that's fine. But what you're missing (to your detriment perhaps, but have at it) is that there are TONS of great places in Texas that are slightly outside these "metro areas." Texas is a huge state. It's not defined (by those who live here and are the most familiar with it) by simply "Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin/San Antonio, whatever." I know that may be a hard concept to grasp for those coming from metro areas that all sort of merge together (East Coast for example) but it's the reality here in Texas.

Lots of room for growth but if you don't care for it, it's fine by us. We're crying all the way to the bank.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Nep321 find a place where you can be happy. How about Colorado? It has a low unemployment rate, great scenery, and on the plus side it has 4 seasons.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:10 AM
 
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I was just throwing a stereotype back in the stereotypist's face. 8to32 is a Phoenix homer who loves to leave troll comments in these threads. In all actuality, I feel pretty much the same way about Phoenix as I do about Texas. As far as "educated and skilled/uneducated and unskilled" goes, neither place really gets to talk smack about the other too much.
Arizona has a far less polarizing culture than Texas--way less socially conservative and religious. Prettier scenery and better weather, too.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:20 AM
 
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I was just throwing a stereotype back in the stereotypist's face. 8to32 is a Phoenix homer who loves to leave troll comments in these threads. In all actuality, I feel pretty much the same way about Phoenix as I do about Texas. As far as "educated and skilled/uneducated and unskilled" goes, neither place really gets to talk smack about the other too much.
8to32 is not a Phoenix homer. He just craps on Phoenix less than Florida and Texas. Last post of his I read, he was complaining that it was too transient so you couldn't make long-lasting friendships.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:36 AM
 
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Keep talking about me--you're making me famous.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Keep talking about me--you're making me famous.
Don't flatter yourself. Anything you basically say is taken with a grain of salt.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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And that's fine. But what you're missing (to your detriment perhaps, but have at it) is that there are TONS of great places in Texas that are slightly outside these "metro areas." Texas is a huge state. It's not defined (by those who live here and are the most familiar with it) by simply "Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin/San Antonio, whatever." I know that may be a hard concept to grasp for those coming from metro areas that all sort of merge together (East Coast for example) but it's the reality here in Texas.

Lots of room for growth but if you don't care for it, it's fine by us. We're crying all the way to the bank.
Okay like where though? Where is a metro area in Texas that's not too small, but doesn't feel like it's overcrowded by transplants and severe traffic congestion? I WOULD be okay with Austin, if it weren't for the explosive growth. But with 158 people moving there per day, it's just too much to handle, and the infrastructure isn't keeping up. It's also a "weird" place. I prefer normal places that don't have an overly dominant vibe (such as hipsters or tourists, for example).
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Okay like where though? Where is a metro area in Texas that's not too small, but doesn't feel like it's overcrowded by transplants and severe traffic congestion? I WOULD be okay with Austin, if it weren't for the explosive growth. But with 158 people moving there per day, it's just too much to handle, and the infrastructure isn't keeping up. It's also a "weird" place. I prefer normal places that don't have an overly dominant vibe (such as hipsters or tourists, for example).
West Texas isn't too bad - Amarillo, Lubbock, or El Paso - but it's a lot more isolated that the areas along and east of I-35 and the job opportunities will be much more limited.
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