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Old 10-04-2018, 04:03 PM
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So from my experience and knowledge

Irvine - This place is very boring. Don't pick this one. It's very expensive and the QOL isn't that amazing. LA is great, but I personally wouldn't pick it.

Denver - Visited before, liked the place. I can see why people enjoy being here. Definitely a keeper.

Seattle - I'm not a fan of the weather either. For me, weather makes a significant difference on my day to day experience and QOL, so I rule it out. Visited before, liked visiting, but wouldn't live there.

Austin - Never been, heard great things. Personally I would take a plane there and check it out. It would be at the top of my list. The weather doesn't seem so terrible as to prevent people from working out and being outdoors (which is a huge plus for me).

From the list

1. Austin
2. Denver
3. Seattle
4. Irvine

Other - As someone mentioned, you can check out ATL, Raleigh-Durham, or Charlotte if you want to try out the southeast. Not sure about the QOL since I have never been, but I think its at least worth a look. Sacramento & DC are two other areas that I would give a look. I like them both. DC in particular I think should be a serious contender. Hope it works out well for you.
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:15 PM
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- We're in tech, so there must be a decent job market for tech and we're looking for top tech company presence.
- Good place to raise a family - safe, good schools
- Walkable city or town close to city with lots of amenities and fun things to do (good restaurants, shops, farmers markets, art galleries, museums, etc.)
- Decent weather

Dallas could possibly work, since you've included a bunch of other cities that don't necessarily meet all of your criteria (e.g. Austin and especially Irvine are NOT very walkable). And if Austin is included under "decent weather," then that does open up quite a few more choices, including Dallas. There is a large tech presence in Dallas (I believe the most tech jobs in the state). Due to the diversified economy of Dallas, its tech presence doesn't stand out quite as much as Austin's. But without a doubt, there's a lot of opportunity in tech there. It's a good place to raise a family (a bigger selection of schools than in Austin) along with a more diverse mix of restaurants, museums, art galleries, etc. Dallas especially has more art galleries and museums than Austin. Similar to Austin, walkability isn't great. However, there are some decent walkable pockets in Dallas proper and some in the suburbs (DT McKinney, DT Plano, etc). Outdoor options for hiking and camping are not great in Dallas; however, the area does have a lot of lakes.
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:59 PM
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Originally Posted by joey_mcmarbles View Post
It's obvious that all of those places I listed are not pleasant to go outdoors for significant parts of the year. Yes, you snowboard nearby in Denver, that's great. Now what about the other 120 days of winter?

My original post was made to the San Jose forum, but mods moved it. It wasn't my intention to offend residents of other areas. But let's put it this way... I personally know several people who financed their small businesses / startups through loans / investment from their next door neighbors. There is exactly one area in the US where this can realistically happen, and it's not Austin, Denver or Seattle.
Denver winters are pretty sunny. Not bad at all. And nothing wrong with snowboarding most weekends.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:13 PM
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Austin is more humid than Southern California, but it's not as humid as Florida or the Gulf Coast.

In my book, if it ain't as humid as Florida or the Gulf, it ain't humid at all.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:53 PM
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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For me it is Denver or Seattle in the top spot. I like both cities. Seattle is more urban and a bit more expensive. It lacks the season Denver has. I prefer Seattle’s summer weather to Denver’s, but i like Denver the rest of the year. I like Austin, but I can’t take the summer weather there. I abhor hot, humid climates.

Denver’s tech scene is quite strong. No cities on Amazon’s finalist list are lacking in tech scenes. We have a lot of central walkable neighborhoods. It’s one of my favorite things about the city itself. The surrounding areas are what make Denver really special. We are in Vail every weekend in the winter. There is other world class skiing nearby.

I don’t know Irvine well enough so it gets an N/A from me.
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