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Old 12-26-2016, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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First let me say this..I'm not planning on moving to either city. So i don't need you to ask me my housing budget, job, etc.

I am simply curious about which city YOU think has more diversity in arts, race/ethnicity, food, nightlife, outdoors activities. Which city has a more active creative community? Which city's locals seem more friendly and down to earth?

Not interested in housing, jobs, traffic, etc comparisons thank you!
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Old 12-27-2016, 02:39 AM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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I grew up in Sacramento, and I think it's very much an improving, upcoming market, but Austin wins this one hands down. Race/ethnicity might go Sac's way (I think Time named it most diverse city in the U.S. some years ago), as might outdoor activities, but Austin's just miles ahead in terms of arts, food and nightlife IMHO.
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Old 12-29-2016, 12:27 AM
 
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Ahead, probably, "Miles" ahead i don't think so.

Sacramento's Art Scene is sort of underground. An old rundown Sacramento Hotel was converted into a Art Space.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIkVmsCKjPw
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Old 12-29-2016, 12:33 AM
 
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List of Most Diverse Cities in the USA 2016


Sacramento #10 - Sactown is much more diverse than Austin.

Austin #50

https://wallethub.com/edu/most-diverse-cities/12690/

If adjusted to include only large cities.


Sacramento #5

San Francisco #9

Austin #18

Denver #22

Portland #39

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Old 12-29-2016, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Austin would be more friendly, overall, as Texans are super friendly.

I haven't been to Austin in quite a few years, but I have visited friends there, and I lived in Sacramento. As much as I love Austin, I'd rather live in Sacto. Sacramento has way more in the way of outdoor options within driving distance. And the weather is far better. And yikes on the Texas bugs!

Sacramento is much more diverse, with many more different cultures, more diverse types of neighborhoods, very lively art scene, lots of cultural events and venues, and San Francisco is just a couple hours away, and you can even take a nice train ride to SF.

Like I say, I love Texas and Texans and crazy Austin, but overall, I'd much rather live in Sacramento.
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Old 12-31-2016, 12:00 AM
 
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Free concerts, festivals, performance art happenings are quite common in Sacramento.

Sacramento Artist GARIBALDI honoring DAVID BOWIE


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt_PrEm_ycQ
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Awesome! Great stuff to look into..thinking of taking a vacation to Sacramento.
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:16 PM
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Austin for sure. But they can be a bit pretentious
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Old 12-31-2016, 08:43 PM
 
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Sacramento has always been sort of self-deprecating, underestimating itself. Many people say if you put Sacramento in some intermountain, southern, or midwestern state it would outshine many others cities and it's attributes would be more appreciated and hyped up.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:04 PM
 
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Austin for sure. But they can be a bit pretentious
I like Austin a lot, but it is way overhyped. I like that Austinites have a lot of pride in their town and are not afraid to boost about it, even overhype it, nothing really wrong with that.

Sacramento is the complete opposite, we are the first to not hype-up anything about our town, and we downplay our attributes. It like part of the City's and Regions personality.

But, we have evolved into more acceptance, recognition and self-pride, but I think there will always be this sort of self-deprecating nature about Sacramento. We are always asking ourselves if we really deserve this or that, are we worthy of another fantastic art museum, or another research facility in Davis, etc. We take caution regarding anything big and bold. There is this constant push to control growth which sometimes drives out business expansion.

I think Sacramento's identity is still evolving; it's organic and a slow evolution which I think we will be the better for it. Sacramento's vibe and mindset is much more like Portland than Austin.
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