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Old 09-17-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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My husband recieved a job offer working in the Baton Rouge and Lafayettte areas. We currently live in a suburb of Houston called Katy. We really like not living in the city but still being close enough to enjoy it. From everything I hear everyone from Louisiana loves it and everyone who moves there hates it and can't wait to leave. I really want to love it because of the good job offer but I am honstely afraid to move there. we also have a five year old whose education I am concerned for, and we can't afford private school. I would like to hear from people who moved there and like it. What areas do you like? What areas in or around Lafayette or Baton Rouge should we look into moving to?
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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South Louisiana is a great place to live.
For one thing, the culture makes it worth it.
You already know the climate, so that's no issue.
My Uncle lived out in West Houston in a really nice suburb, but it wasn't all that different from here.
You might be giving up some of the higher end shops due to the smaller size of our cities, but you should have access to quite a diverse amount of places to shop and of course the food is amazing.
Schools in Acadiana score better than some other places in Louisiana.
Lafayette particularly is a clean city with progressive ideas and a bright future.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:18 AM
 
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My husband recieved a job offer working in the Baton Rouge and Lafayettte areas. We currently live in a suburb of Houston called Katy. We really like not living in the city but still being close enough to enjoy it. From everything I hear everyone from Louisiana loves it and everyone who moves there hates it and can't wait to leave. I really want to love it because of the good job offer but I am honstely afraid to move there. we also have a five year old whose education I am concerned for, and we can't afford private school. I would like to hear from people who moved there and like it. What areas do you like? What areas in or around Lafayette or Baton Rouge should we look into moving to?
I actually use to live in Houston for about 3 years, and my ex of 3 years lived in Katy so I'd travel their a lot when I lived in Houston. I currently live in Chicago and am from Baton Rouge.... in my opinion Comparatively, Katy is like the high end extension of a Baton Rouge suburb that doesn't actually exist (due to lack of interest from big fancy retailers), but there are many similarities depending on where you live. I don't feel like people from Houston would have that huge of a problem moving to Baton Rouge, I just felt like Houston was much bigger, and had nicer things than Baton Rouge. Luckily for you, New Orleans is about 50-65 minutes away and is always a great time, Lafayette is a good time as well.

A suburb that may be VERY comparable to Katy in Louisiana near Baton Rouge is Gonzalez. The only problem would be the commute to Lafayette would be a little rough maybe an hour and 15 to an hour and a half, but 20 minutes from Baton Rouge. Gonzalez is nice, has good outlet shopping (just like Katy Mills but outside), big on high school football and overall they invest in the public school a lot. Nice little upscale middle - upper middle class suburb. I'd actually start there if I were you. The vibe is almost even the same. Good luck
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I would include Prairieville as well as Gonzales. All of Gonzales isn't desirable so it doesn't really compare with Katy in my opinion, not as much as the whole Gonzales, Geismar, Prairieville area compares. I went to school in Ascension Parish, all of the schools are pretty good, some of the best in the metro.

Lafayette has a richer culture you may enjoy more than being in Baton Rouge, but I would say Baton Rouge is much closer to Houston and the Katy area. It's almost identical with the one-entrance subdivisions everywhere and rural roads.

If you are going to be working in Baton Rouge as well as Lafayette I would look into the Brusly, Port Allen, and Addis areas in West Baton Rouge Parish. They are close enough to Baton Rouge and closer to Lafayette than being on Ascension or Livingston Parishes.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:21 AM
 
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I'm familiar with the Katy area. I would much rather be in Louisiana than Houston. What kind of position did you husband find? It's going to be a great move for you!
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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I moved to Baton Rouge from Houston (The Woodlands actually) a year ago and I hate it here. There are no jobs, the homes are extremely overpriced, the traffic is terrible due to lack of freeways & interstates, the schools are terrible, the crime rate is high & the city is extremely boring. I so want to go back home. My fiancé is a Baton Rouge native & he wants badly to move to Texas as well.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Unless you are really into LSU football or the university life in general, Lafayette is a much better place to live and raise a family.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I moved to Baton Rouge from Houston (The Woodlands actually) a year ago and I hate it here. There are no jobs, the homes are extremely overpriced, the traffic is terrible due to lack of freeways & interstates, the schools are terrible, the crime rate is high & the city is extremely boring. I so want to go back home. My fiancé is a Baton Rouge native & he wants badly to move to Texas as well.
We certainly have jobs, this is not California. Also, our COL is very comparable to Houston, and cheaper than most homes in the Woodlands. Freeways don't help traffic, you should know that if you ever take 45 from The Woodlands in the morning, but it sounds like you used Hardy Toll Road. Our public schools aren't very good but we have good private schools and good districts outside of Baton Rouge. Crime rate is very high but this city isn't extremely boring. The only thing Houston does better is things like concerts, Houston lacks real culture like south Louisiana. And yes I lived in Houston for 2 years and traveled all over the metro.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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Depends on your situation. I know for me, as a native, yea it's really that bad. But for you, may be right for you.

If you plan on living close to BR, you can find good places for your kids to get a good education. I wouldn't recommend the EBR school district if you are looking for good education. As others have stated, Schools in Ascension Parish are very good. While EBR does have a few bright spots, the district as whole, is not. Though the comutte to Ascension to Laffayte will be kinda grueling... If y'all will indeed be in both, definitely look into those WBR cities annie listed.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Unless you are really into LSU football or the university life in general, Lafayette is a much better place to live and raise a family.
Very broad claim?
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