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Old 03-17-2017, 11:09 AM
 
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SACRAMENTO speaks to the OP.

Sacramento winters as mild as Austin and less likely to drop below freezing.

Sacramento summers are much more comfortable than Austin. It cools dramatically daily in Sac in the summer, evenings, nights and mornings are very comfortable and the humidity is much lower in Sac than Austin.

Sacramento's Hill Country is 20 mins away with Real High-Elevation Mountains 1 hr away (Sierra Nevada Mountains)

Sacramento is only 1 hr to 2hrs from the Bay, Ocean, Beaches, and Redwood Forests. Austin is 4hrs to Ocean.

Sacramento Metro and Austin Metro near identical in size. Sac Metro Real Estate is less expensive than Austin.
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Old 03-17-2017, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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SACRAMENTO speaks to the OP.

Sacramento winters as mild as Austin and less likely to drop below freezing.

Sacramento summers are much more comfortable than Austin. It cools dramatically daily in Sac in the summer, evenings, nights and mornings are very comfortable and the humidity is much lower in Sac than Austin.

Sacramento's Hill Country is 20 mins away with Real High-Elevation Mountains 1 hr away (Sierra Nevada Mountains)

Sacramento is only 1 hr to 2hrs from the Bay, Ocean, Beaches, and Redwood Forests. Austin is 4hrs to Ocean.

Sacramento Metro and Austin Metro near identical in size. Sac Metro Real Estate is less expensive than Austin.
I think Sac is a very underrated spot. I'm not sure it's cheaper than Austin. Once you get outside of Austin's core, it's cheap.
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:42 PM
 
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The West dominates ranking of most health-conscious cities in America - SFGate

Sacramento nationally ranked in top 4 of the Most Health Conscious Cities nationally.

Austin is NOT in the top 25.


Most Health Conscience Cities in Nation.

1. Portland
2. Washington DC
3. Colorado Springs
4. Sacramento
5. Irvine
6. San Diego
7. Seattle
8. Denver
9. Tucson
10. Chula Vista
11. Oakland
12. Buffalo
13. Orlando
14. San Francisco
15. Norfolk
16. San Jose
17. St. Petersburg, FL
18. Tampa
19. Aurora, CO
20. Virginia Beach
21. Jacksonville
22. Corpus Christi
23. Cincinnati
24. Boston
25. Minneapolis
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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Ok...it's not about being intolerant. It's about being around like minded people. I lived in SC and TX and made wonderful friends. But I was also judged all the time for being happily single, not wanting to get married, not wanting to have kids, not going to church, not wearing makeup, not wearing dresses or heels..etc. it's not about me being intolerant. I have never been asked or judged about any of these things living in Illinois. Unfortunately, I hate the weather here and there are no outdoor activities. So I'm trying to find a good alternative. That's it.
You inadvertently advertised SC and TX for me as I would love to live somewhere where women had pressure to wear makeup, dresses, and heels. I didn't think such a place existed in the U.S anymore.Interesting that you lump the glamorous look in with conservative things such as church attendance. My things have changed. When I was growing up heels, makeup etc were generally liberal if anything. It was considered Christian conservative to tell a girl/woman to dress modestly and not wear makeup.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:58 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies...I have considered Jacksonville, but have read it's one of the most conservative city in the country which is a huge con
That's highly outdated information. Jacksonville has been steadily moving toward "blue" (49% to 47.5% in the past election) thanks to it's population growth due mostly to transplants from other states, and is among the top handful of fastest growing cities in the country.
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:40 PM
 
Location: The middle
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[quote=illinois_nc23;47438614]Ok...it's not about being intolerant. It's about being around like minded people. I lived in SC and TX and made wonderful friends. But I was also judged all the time for being happily single, not wanting to get married, not wanting to have kids, not going to church, not wearing makeup, not wearing dresses or heels..etc. it's not about me being intolerant. I have never been asked or judged about any of these things living in Illinois. Unfortunately, I hate the weather here and there are no outdoor activities. So I'm trying to find a good alternative. That's it.[/QUOTE

Look at cities in the southwest, Tucson comes to mind. Very tolerant, no one cares if you are married, wear make up , dress up, etc. Great weather, low cost of living, very funky, laid back place to live. Worth a look.
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Old 03-18-2017, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Arlington
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I'm planning on moving in a month, and I've narrowed it down to Austin and Raleigh. However, I have concerns about both. I really love everything Raleigh has to offer except it looks like the job market doesn't really match my qualifications. I make 60k at the job I have now in Chicago, but something like this in Raleigh would only pay around 45-50k it looks like. I spoke to a recruiter in the area who acted like I should have a Masters Degree, asking if I planned to go back to school. Umm...no! I have plenty of student loan debt already, thanks. Also, it snows in Raleigh and I really really hate the snow and cold! I wish this wasn't such a priority, but it is.

Austin kind of has it all...the weather I like, the jobs, the liberalism. But I am concerned I will be priced out of this area in a matter of years. The rent is increasing rapidly and it's getting crowded. I'm single in my early 30s and don't want a roommate. I don't think I'd be able to buy property in this area with the increase in housing costs.

Is there anywhere like Austin? With a similar job market, warm weather (never snows), affordable, and not a huge metropolis like Atlanta or Houston. I don't like huge cities.

I'm thinking maybe Raleigh is my best bet and I'll just have to deal with the snow and lower pay. But I wanted to see if anyone had any other suggestions? I used to live in San Antonio and hated it, so that's out, and I can't afford California.
I've been in TX for a while now. Austin is great. A friend of mine pointed out the other day how he's never heard anyone in TX say something bad about that place. It's funny bc you will have people from all over the state that hates Dallas for some reason. Same thing with hating Houston or SA or FW. But no one has ever said they hated Austin. That place is nice. You won't regret it.
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:09 PM
 
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Sacramento
Fayetteville
Nashville
Raleigh
Tuscon
Tulsa
San Antonio
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I've been in TX for a while now. Austin is great. A friend of mine pointed out the other day how he's never heard anyone in TX say something bad about that place. It's funny bc you will have people from all over the state that hates Dallas for some reason. Same thing with hating Houston or SA or FW. But no one has ever said they hated Austin. That place is nice. You won't regret it.
Most of the Texans here hate Austin, or the attention it gets.
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:25 PM
 
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Most of the Texans here hate Austin, or the attention it gets.
I don't think I've ever met a native Texan who hates(or even dislikes) Austin. The only people I've met who actually hated Austin, and Texas for that matter, were Bay Area transplants who I used to work with.
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