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Old 01-08-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Hi everyone. I'm currently in talks with a company about a job in Point Comfort, near Victoria. I'm from Seattle and have always lived here, and I'm looking for a change of scenery. My concern is that Victoria is kind of way out there, 100 miles from any of the big cities. I'm used to living near a city, and I used google directions and it seems just about undoable to commute from from any of those cities (Austin, San Antonio, and Houston) each day unless I'm mistaken. Corpus Christi seems to be the closest and that would still be over an hour commute each way. I'm 25 and single. Would there be anything for me to do there and would I be able to meet any people my age? I know it's near the beach and all and I like that aspect of it. They may bring me down to check out the site in the next few weeks but I am just looking for any info about this area.

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Tom
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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Hi everyone. I'm currently in talks with a company about a job in Point Comfort, near Victoria. <snip> I'm 25 and single. Would there be anything for me to do there and would I be able to meet any people my age? I know it's near the beach and all and I like that aspect of it. They may bring me down to check out the site in the next few weeks but I am just looking for any info about this area.
Thanks,
Tom
Tom;
When you say a company in Point Comfort I assume you are talking about Alcoa. Point Comfort is a short drive across shallow Lavaca Bay from a fairly sleepy little fishing town of Port Lavaca. Your best bet, should you choose to take the job, would be to locate in Victoria about 30 miles away. Victoria is a vibrant small city just shy if 100,000 folks with plenty to do for the younger crowd.

I lived in Victoria years ago and loved it. It's big enough to have every thing you need, yet small enough to get any where in town in 15 minutes or less.
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I have spent some time in this area and am interested in knowing more about it so I did some research.

//www.city-data.com/city/Victoria-Texas.html
I have driven through Victoria lots of times on my way from Austin to Rockport, TX, where I kept my sailboat. It seems like a nice enough town with some interesting areas. Looking at the demographics it has a pretty decent spread of people in your age group but I have no idea where one would go to meet them. //www.city-data.com/housing/hou...ria-Texas.html

Victoria has a relatively low cost of living, low poverty level and lower unemployment then most other places in the state. Crime is significantly higher then the US average. A google search indicates there are a fair number of night clubs in the area. Whites are 46% of the population.

//www.city-data.com/city/Port-Lavaca-Texas.html
I have spent several weekends at the marina in Port Lavaca just across the bay from Point Comfort, meet a nice bunch of people there, most were older, but there were a few your age that hung out at the marina. It is a pretty quiet family oriented town, according to a friend who grew up there. Looking at the demographics Port Lavaca appears to have more women then men in your age group. //www.city-data.com/zips/77979.html Cost of housing is low, Median income is low, poverty level is higher then I expected, unemployment 8-9%. Hispanics are 52% of the population. Crime is signifcantly lower then the US average.

A lot of Victoria people keep boats at Port O'Connor, I was surprised at how many restaurants were there when I searched for some on a previous occasion. I passed thru Port O'Connor on a sailboat one July 4 weekend and the place was really busy, looked like quite a party crowd.

If you enjoy water sports and the outdoors there is a lot to do in that area.

The Palacious Marina also seemed to have a lot of activity there the one time I visited.

Victoria would probably be a more interesting place for you to live unless you are really into the outdoors and boating.
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Thanks guys. Yeah it is for Alcoa. Victoria is probably where I would look at living should this position come through and I decide to take it. I guess I would just have to decide if I could make the adjustment. Cost of living is a definite plus
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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If you want a change of scenery from Seattle, you'll definitely get it in Point Comfort.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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I agree with that. My main concern is being able to meet people to hang out with. I guess I'll see where the process goes. I just don't want to waste anyone's time if I'm going to hate being in that rural of an area. I went to school in a small college town but there was tons of other people my age.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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Victoria has 2 college campus', VCC (Victoria Community College) and the Victoria branch of U of H, (University of Houston). There will be quite a few people in your age group in town.

Also, Victoria isn't the rural backwoods you seem to think it is. Victoria is also surprisingly quite affluent, when I 1st moved there in 1990, Victoria was known to have more millionaires per capita than even Dallas or Houston, I don't know if that is still true 20+ years later.
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