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21 year old male college graduate need help deciding on city for relocation, possibly Austin, Houston, OKC, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, desire large metropolitan area, laid back country lifestyle

 
Old 04-03-2007, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Shepherdsville and Frankfort, Kentucky, soon to be somewhere in TEXAS!
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...They're all in the South, geographically and/or culturally speaking. These nine cities, in my order of preference thus far, are:

1. Austin, TX
2. Houston, TX
3. Oklahoma City, OK
4. Fort Worth, TX
5. San Antonio, TX
6. Nashville, TN
7. Birmingham, AL
8. Tulsa, OK
9. Atlanta, GA

I've been living in the Louisville, KY Metro Area for the last nearly 16 years and, if I may be so frank, I've always been miserable here. Sure, my parents are a very few close friends hail from here, but those friends have moved off to other places in Kentucky. If you're like me and not in the Louisville hometown "in-crowd," you're disregarded and even treated rudely here. So much for the Southern hospitality they so heavily acclaim!

I've visited every Confederate state except the Carolinas. While I'm not a big fan of Florida and eastern Arkansas, the rest of the South I've seen really appeals to me. I like the laid-back Southern culture and the grits, country ham, slow (and beautiful) drawls, and drop-dead gorgeous women. (OK, so Oklahoma isn't "Southern," but it's still easy-going.) Chivalry there from men toward women and vice versa is still alive and well, for the most part (OK, so maybe not Atlanta so much, but even at that it's still no worse than Kentucky.)

I want a fairly cosmopolitan area of 1,000,000 or more people (in the metro) that has great schools (as I am considering the pursuit of a second Bachelor's degree and subsequent later degrees,) a great cost of living, true quality of life, but that is relatively unpretentious. In other words, I want a bustling Southern city that still has many of its Southern charms of hospitality and friendliness. (And I'm not talking the wave-at-you-once then never-acknowledge-you-ever-again "friendliness" so prevalent here in Kentucky.) Also, an area with reasonable but appreciating housing costs wouldn't be a bad thing, because maybe I would want to sell my new Southern house in 5-10 years for considerably more than I paid for it, turn around and get something even better.

Here's a bio: Age 21, very intelligent (very high IQ,) very conservative on social and military issues, libertarian on economic and education issues, 8th generation Kentuckian, love to travel, prefer football, single (with no girlfriend,) love to talk and laugh, have a thick Kentucky drawl, and I'm actually well-known where I work for being friendly. Don't like country music, more rock 'n roll; would rather go see the play or musical than the 4th of July Fireworks.

I hope I don't come across as overly ecstatic about the South, or overly whiny about or critical of Kentucky. In fact, I'm sure I'll miss some things about Kentucky's unique culture and beautiful land. Still, I don't want to get down South and be disappointed, but I think it would better for me than where I'm at now.

OK, so I've rambled, lol. Thanks in advance for the help!

Last edited by stuckinkentucky; 04-03-2007 at 06:43 PM.. Reason: To add something else
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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I think you'd enjoy Richmond, Virginia or Williamsburg, Virginia.
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Old 04-04-2007, 12:05 PM
 
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Good to see many big places in texas on your list. Excellent cities! Very hard to go wrong in these metro areas.
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:01 PM
 
Location: N.W. Austin.
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Location: Shepherdsville and Frankfort, Kentucky, soon to be somewhere in TEXAS!

And then you list:

1. Austin, TX
2. Houston, TX
3. Oklahoma City, OK
4. Fort Worth, TX
5. San Antonio, TX
6. Nashville, TN
7. Birmingham, AL
8. Tulsa, OK

9. Atlanta, GA

Clearly you've made up your mind that TX is for you, so why cloud your decision by putting those others in the list?
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