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Old 08-11-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Inner Loop H-town & Austin
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That sure seems to be the reputation.

And all the people from my state seem to be flocking there in droves (along with Houston) and driving prices sky-high

 
Old 08-11-2008, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Its either Austin or Seattle. I can't tell which one is more popular with young people these days.
 
Old 08-11-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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Austin is cool. It has a really neat vibe.

But I don't think it's THE number one...I think the title deserves to be shared with Seattle (like bchris said) and Portland. All three cities seem to share that eclectic, offbeat, "cool" factor.

The only difference is that Austin tends to be more outgoing, in my experiences.
 
Old 08-11-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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And the prices still aren't too terribly high yet....not compared to northern cities, anyway.
 
Old 08-11-2008, 09:05 PM
 
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I live in Austin, but spent the past 6 months doing consulting work in Seattle and Portland. I think the northwest cities are "hipper/trendier", but Austin is just plain "cooler" - the people are MUCH friendlier, the vibe more laidback, and I think the sunny weather makes a huge difference in people's attitudes. I never thought I would live anywhere for more than 5 years, but honestly, I don't think I'd rather be anywhere else but Austin.
 
Old 08-11-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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My son is in the music business and says Austin. Even though he loves cold weather.
 
Old 08-11-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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I'm an extreme nerd, so I wouldn't know. Austin has zero appeal to me, personally. Nothing. There would never, ever, ever, be any reason to live there. I'll proudly continue to be a nerd. Move the entire city and population to the Upper Peninsula, and well... not even then, no.
If you like it, and can tolerate Texas...
 
Old 08-11-2008, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Def coolest town in America.
 
Old 08-11-2008, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Inner Loop H-town & Austin
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Interesting that people compare it to Seattle...Seattle in my mind is just another business center type city. I thought Seattle was hip in the early 90s.

Portland I can see maaaybe...but it doesn't have the sunny weather/attitude and the huge music and film scene. Plus all the Hollywood types in Austin.

TxGal: I can see what you mean by those cities being trendier...Austin is def. its own vibe and doesn't try to conform to an image of what it thinks it should be...it just is.
 
Old 08-11-2008, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Originally Posted by northbound74 View Post
I'm an extreme nerd, so I wouldn't know. Austin has zero appeal to me, personally. Nothing. There would never, ever, ever, be any reason to live there. I'll proudly continue to be a nerd. Move the entire city and population to the Upper Peninsula, and well... not even then, no.
If you like it, and can tolerate Texas...
Just wondering. Have you ever spent any time in Austin?
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