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Old 07-12-2013, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Central Austin
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I live in Austin and occasionally drive to Houston (so take my opinion with a grain of salt). While Austin traffic is horrible, I find Houston traffic to be much worse. Maybe it's a matter of being used to it? Not sure, but those are my two cents
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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This is encouraging to here. It's nice to hear there are multiple options. Since you guys brought up traffic, I'm curious, is traffic worse in Houston or in Austin?
In either place, you want to live near your job if possible. Otherwise, you will likely be sitting in bad rush hour traffic. They're both bad.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I live in Austin and occasionally drive to Houston (so take my opinion with a grain of salt). While Austin traffic is horrible, I find Houston traffic to be much worse. Maybe it's a matter of being used to it? Not sure, but those are my two cents
That's been my experience too.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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Maybe I have just been lucky --- drive to Houston 2-3x a year -- but I find that Houston traffic today is better than it was 5-10 years ago. But that is not saying much, traffic in Houston 5-10 years ago was god-awful! Now it is just awful.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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I'm confused as to why you'd make a second move. If there's not a lot of work here in your area now, then things certainly aren't going to change in a year. Why are you leaving your current home? Have you been to Austin? Are you only going by things you've read? Also, you should know a $40k salary is not going to go very far here especially if you want to live in the city near most of the larger law firms and not the surrounding burbs.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:52 AM
 
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I lived in Houston for 2 years. My in-laws still live there, so we go back every month or two. Although I agree that Houston traffic is much better than it was 5-10 years ago, I still think it's worse than Austin. Of course my in-laws think that Austin traffic is worse, so who knows. They both suck traffic-wise.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Thanks everyone! All of your posts have been really insightful!

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:23 AM
 
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Yes, that is exactly what I'm talking about. I always wonder about how reliable the information on sites such as that really are though.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:28 AM
 
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I'm confused as to why you'd make a second move. If there's not a lot of work here in your area now, then things certainly aren't going to change in a year. Why are you leaving your current home? Have you been to Austin? Are you only going by things you've read? Also, you should know a $40k salary is not going to go very far here especially if you want to live in the city near most of the larger law firms and not the surrounding burbs.
Because my family lives in the south, and I am in Oregon. That is the sole reason. And I didn't say there isn't a lot of work in my area now. There is quite a bit of work in my field in this area. The west coast is huge for IT work and patent law goes hand in hand with that, obviously. Also, I've been to Austin about 10 times in the last 10 years. I find it hard to believe that $40,000 will not be enough to live on in Austin when I make less than that here in Portland, Portland's cost of living is much higher than Austin's, and I do just fine here, thank you very much.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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Austin is much smaller, so you potentially don't have as far to go.... In my experience, while Houston has lots of traffic that can vary significantly, Austin seems to have more pure gridlock.
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