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View Poll Results: Houston or Inland Empire?
Houston 63 67.74%
Inland Empire 30 32.26%
Voters: 93. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-01-2016, 07:02 AM
 
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Ontario seems to practically be a part of Metro LA (if you need to work there or want to have fun or a day, short drive to Pomona, relaxing 1 hr train ride to Union Station. The hiking in the area is phenomenal. I'll take IE, so long as I can handle the additional COL. Especially if one lived in the Woodlands. It's shorter to get to an Angels, Ducks, UCLA game, Disney, etc. from Ontario than it is to get to Houston from Woodlands, or at least it appears that way. Also, Pacific Ocean closer to Ontario than Gulf to North Houston, so I'd have to think only legit question here is COL difference.
An hour drive is not a short trip by any means, I think this poll should be more about comparing something like the woodlands or a Houston suburb and the inland empire. My sister lives in Houston and rents a beautiful place with a pool with palm trees, orange and lemon and lime trees in her yard and is 10-15 minutes from everything, minute maid park, nrg stadium, hermann park , the museum district.
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Old 11-01-2016, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Ontario seems to practically be a part of Metro LA (if you need to work there or want to have fun or a day, short drive to Pomona, relaxing 1 hr train ride to Union Station. The hiking in the area is phenomenal. I'll take IE, so long as I can handle the additional COL. Especially if one lived in the Woodlands. It's shorter to get to an Angels, Ducks, UCLA game, Disney, etc. from Ontario than it is to get to Houston from Woodlands, or at least it appears that way. Also, Pacific Ocean closer to Ontario than Gulf to North Houston, so I'd have to think only legit question here is COL difference.
Ontario IS part of Greater LA, I don't know why the US Census Bureau considers it a different metro
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:43 AM
 
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:32 PM
 
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I faced a similar choice. IE or Texas. I had no desire whatsoever to live in the IE and work in downtown LA. Other than access to outdoor activities, Houston hands down all day everyday.
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:31 AM
 
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An hour drive is not a short trip by any means, I think this poll should be more about comparing something like the woodlands or a Houston suburb and the inland empire. My sister lives in Houston and rents a beautiful place with a pool with palm trees, orange and lemon and lime trees in her yard and is 10-15 minutes from everything, minute maid park, nrg stadium, hermann park , the museum district.
Not saying an hour is short, but realistically, if taken at right time OP could get to significant cultural, entertainment, and natural settings within 45 minutes that don't quite exist in Houston IMO, at least not on the scale of LA. I mean, right now I live 45 minutes from Tampa, and that's optimistic drive times, and yet I'm still up there quite frequently, and so I wouldn't let even an hour drive limit me from exploring LA Metro/Pacific Coast. Also, mountains are even closer than that to the mountains, like 20 minutes or so to where the trail for 10,000 ft Mt. Baldy starts. Also, in that part of the IE, in general, I know there are exceptions but in general, climate data suggests Ontario's weather is better.

So, different strokes for different folks, but apart from traffic (which isn't a joke in Houston either) and affordability, I would take Ontario any day to Sunday, even over closer in Houston. Not saying your wrong, that's just my thought. Houston on average I would guess is more lush/green than LA, I won't argue that, apart from perhaps immediately by the coast.
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