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Old 06-09-2009, 03:00 AM
 
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Hello. I am in my late twenties and I am considering a move to OKC, Houston, Austin, Denver, or Raleigh. Which of these cities offers the most for young professionals?

Any insight will be appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:47 AM
 
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With the way the economy is right now, I'd say it's wherever you can get a job. What industry are you looking into? I'd probably just start sending out resumes in all of these areas and see what happens.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:23 AM
 
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Yeah, calitook is right, it depends on what industry you are looking at. Right now Raleigh is struggling. If you like long commutes then you will love Houston and Denver. If you like getting around town in 10 - 20 minutes to everywhere then OKC is your city. Austin is great, it is just growing so fast that congestion has become a problem, but it has a lot to offer.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:19 AM
 
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Of those options, I would say Houston. It has the most diversified economy of any of those cities. Austin and Raleigh are too dependent on engineering and information technology jobs with little else. OKC still primarily relies on oil/gas, military and retail. Denver has a lot of telecom and some IT but it's pretty weak. Houston is the energy capital of the United States and is strong in oil/gas but also has a large financial district in addition to engineering and a lot of management positions in general due a large number of Fortune 500 companies being based there. It doesn't take you 10-20 minutes to drive everywhere in OKC because the city is extremely spread out. The only advantage to OKC is the low cost of living but it has terrible weather, a conservative and right wing populace and a lack of recreation and outdoor activities unless you are willing to drive an hour + to reach a lake. Oklahoma is flat particularly central OK hence the reason for the terrible windy weather there.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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unless you are willing to drive an hour + to reach a lake.
There are two lakes in OKC, Hefner and Draper ... 30 mins tops from anywhere in the city.

I really like OKC, but I could be bias.
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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There are two lakes in OKC, Hefner and Draper ... 30 mins tops from anywhere in the city.

I really like OKC, but I could be bias.
Hefner is the only real lake in the city but it's not an active lake (unless they changed this in recent years) in which you can ride your wave runners and pull skiers with motor boats etc. When I was in OKC, you could only sail on Hefner so everyone in OKC used drive to Eufala, Grand or Tenkiller if they wanted a real lake experience.
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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Austin is great, it is just growing so fast that congestion has become a problem, but it has a lot to offer.
Actually Houston has the most to offer since it's is the largest on the list.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:56 PM
 
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The ONLY city out of those listed that I could live is Houston

I would not want anything to do with the others
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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Yeah, calitook is right, it depends on what industry you are looking at. Right now Raleigh is struggling. If you like long commutes then you will love Houston and Denver. If you like getting around town in 10 - 20 minutes to everywhere then OKC is your city. Austin is great, it is just growing so fast that congestion has become a problem, but it has a lot to offer.

really, could've fooled me. Have been over to the Raleigh board lately? Granted things aren't as good as they were but it's far from struggling and already showing signs of rebound and people are still moving to the area in droves.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:13 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Yeah, calitook is right, it depends on what industry you are looking at. Right now Raleigh is struggling. If you like long commutes then you will love Houston and Denver. If you like getting around town in 10 - 20 minutes to everywhere then OKC is your city. Austin is great, it is just growing so fast that congestion has become a problem, but it has a lot to offer.
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15 to 19 minutes: 47286
20 to 24 minutes: 46631
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30 to 34 minutes: 44301

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