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View Poll Results: Which of these areas do you recommend most? (Please vote up to 5)
Atlanta 5 35.71%
Austin 3 21.43%
San Antonio 4 28.57%
Dallas 4 28.57%
Houston 5 35.71%
Birmingham 0 0%
Oklahoma City 1 7.14%
Tulsa 0 0%
Fort Worth 3 21.43%
Other (please state) 2 14.29%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 14. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-13-2007, 09:00 AM
 
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Atlanta, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Birmingham: These are the large cities I'm considering. I'm looking for a nice, comfortable, large city farther south than where I currently live, Kentucky.

The following are criteria I want in any city that I might move to:
1. Relatively cheap cost of living
2. Good deals on housing
3. Safe neighborhoods
4. Vital inner-city areas with great nightlife, eclectic dining, and their own vibe
5. Genuinely friendly people
6. Fairly easy to navigate (using either expressway or light rail, it doesn't matter)
7. The lack of steep hills and mountains
8. Hotter, drier weather (seriously) (if this was the sole criterion, then HOU and ATL would already be ruled out!)
9. Relatively mild winters
10. Growing job markets
11. The city is NOT growing so fast that it is quickly becoming "Californicated" or "New Yorkified."

I currently live in the Bluegrass hills of central KY. I'm near Lexington and visit it occasionally. I used to live in Louisville and still frequent it 2-5 times a week. Nevertheless, I've had a desire to leave Kentucky since age 14. (I am now 21.) I feel so closed in living in these hills. My neighbors are very "unneighborly" and lack the decency to even wave or say hello when I initiate the courtesy. The job market is lackluster (okay, so Louisville has a decent job market, but that's it.) I just feel SO out of place.

I don't dislike Louisville, don't get me wrong; it's by and large my favorite area of KY, but not the country. I'm not another poster from Louisville, KY who is saying some things along the same lines, but the only thing I TOO will miss is my family!

Any help is greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance!

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Old 06-13-2007, 09:04 AM
 
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I've already voted for the top five I'm considering: Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City.

I was torn initially b/t OKC and Birmingham, but I went ahead and chose OKC because of its proximity to the University of Oklahoma, its revitalized (and continuing to be revitalized) downtown, and drier climate.

I love Austin; I'm just skeptical since it is quickly becoming Californicated. The area is so beautiful and the city is rockin', but I don't want to be surrounded by (mostly) sour pus Californians.

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Old 06-13-2007, 11:12 AM
 
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Would Wichita, KS be worth considering also?
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