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Old 11-08-2010, 08:13 AM
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I think the title says it all, I want out of California looking at these two cities.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:28 AM
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I would say Austin, hands down. Smaller--it's grown, but it is still on a human scale. Friendlier--I think in everyone's experience. LOTS of young families. Good schools if you do your homework. Less crime. Tons of family friendly events. Nice mix of government/college/high tech/country culture. Lots of former Californians here! :-)
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:07 AM
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With the little amount of information that you've given, I'd say the Austin suburbs. However, be aware that it's a long way to California compared to Phoenix. It's definitely much more difficult and expensive to plan trips for family to visit or to go back to California for a visit. It isn't a realistic drive for a visit either (I've done it more times than I should have and it's not fun). Phoenix isn't a bad drive on a 3-day weekend if your family is in Southern California.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:57 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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My parents moved to Phoenix/Tempe after I graduated from highschool. I lived there for a year and hated it. Never liked the endless sprawl. The City seems totally artificial and manmade with very few natural areas. I worked as a land surveyor back then, all over the state, but usually back in Tempe for the weekends. It seemed like there was practically nothing to do there until you are old enough to hang out in bars (21). I go back to visit occasionally and am always happy to leave.

Phoenix has also been hit very hard by the real estate crash, it is in for a long slow recovery.

Austin is much prettier and has far more outdoor recreational opportunities with all the lakes, rivers and campgrounds, state and county parks around where they actually have water sports. We have owned one sailboat or another for most of the 33 years we have lived here, kept it on the Gulf of Mexico for 3 years. It is a far better place for families in my opinion. Austin has lots of outdoor arts and music festivals all year round, there is always something fun for families to do.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:04 PM
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This has nothing to do with raising families, but if someone in your family can't live without pro sports, especially baseball, then Phoenix is a good place. It boasts great pro sports complexes as well as Spring Training/Fall Leagues for professional baseball. It would be a good place if your kid aspired to be a college/pro baseball player. But, that's one of the few points where I would put Phoenix ahead of the Austin area and it's pretty specific.
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