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Old 03-22-2011, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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We live really well on a lot less than that here in beautiful Florida!
I know a couple that bought a house in Wharton, TX (about an hour or so Southwest of Houston.) for $15,000. They had to put about $10k worth of work into it but they now live in it and own it and the property outright, both drive new cars and both work at Wal-Mart.

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Old 03-22-2011, 08:43 AM
 
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I know a couple that bought a house in Wharton, TX (about an hour or so Southwest of Houston.) for $15,000. They had to put about $10k worth of work into it but they now live in it and own it and the property outright, both drive new cars and both work at Wal-Mart.

Bully for them!
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Bully for them!
bully for us all !
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I have lived in both. We enjoyed Austin very much and would have stayed if life circumstances didn;t cause us to move. We have now moved to the Clearwater area and love it here. The school's are good and we very much enjoy the lifestyle. Water, water everywhere.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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Boca Raton, Aventura
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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Theres not a city in Florida that could compare the metro-Houston area as far as being a "city" is concerned..
ROTFL, Miami is more global and has more of a real city feeling since it's dense and not very spread out. Not to mention is incredibly beautiful.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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ROTFL, Miami is more global and has more of a real city feeling since it's dense and not very spread out. Not to mention is incredibly beautiful.
Miami-Dade County (FL) has a regional population of 5.5M. (which includes Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach)

Harris County (TX) has a regional population of 6.2M. (which includes Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, and San Jacinto)

Miami is the 42nd largest city in the United States.
Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States.

Miami has 4 Fortune 500 companies..

(Office Depot (192), World Fuel Services (205), AutoNation (212), & Ryder (426)

Houston has 25 Fortune 500 companies..

(ConocoPhillips (6), Marathon Oil (41), Sysco (55), Enterprise GP Holdings (92), Plains All American Pipeline (128), Halliburton (158), National Oilwell Varco (182), Continental Airlines (183), KBR (193), Waste Management (196), Baker Hughes (243), Anadarko Petroleum (260), Apache (271), CenterPoint Energy (275), Smith International (275), Kinder Morgan (315), Calpine (338), Enbridge Energy Partners (364), Cameron International (399), EOG Resources (434), Spectra Energy (437), El Paso Inc (447), Group 1 Automotive (457), FMC Technologies (467), Frontier Oil (488).

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The Port of Houston is a port in Houston—the fourth-largest city in the United States. The Port is a 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities located a few hours' sailing time from the Gulf of Mexico. It is the busiest port in the United States in terms of foreign tonnage, second-busiest in the United States in terms of overall tonnage, and fifteenth-busiest in the world.
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The Port of Miami is recognized and has been for many years, as the "Cruise Capital of the World" and "Cargo Gateway of the Americas". It has retained its status as the number one cruise/passenger port in the world for well over two decades accommodating the largest cruise ships in the world and the operations of such major cruise lines as Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Miami beats Houston in cruise lines and beaches. Not much else.

This, of course doesn't even give mention to cost of living which Houston is much, much lower then Miami.

You have the University of Miami, We have Rice University.

The only thing Miami has aside from beaches that Houston doesn't is an NHL franchise. We're larger, have more business, more jobs, and have a better cost of living.

Oh, and as for diversity..

Miami is around 60% hispanic and 22% black.

Houston is 25% hispanic, 25% white, 24% black, 7% asian and 15% reporting more then one race..

another win for Houston in regards to diversity.

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Old 03-22-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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Yes, but Houston is ugly as hell. Miami is a top destination. Number 2 after NYC. http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpag...and_Cities.pdf

Miami also has a lot of Europeans, which Houston doesn't.

Comparing population is stupid given the difference in the area covered. You can be 40 miles from downtown, and still be called Houston. Houston is not a real city, just suburban sprawl.

Also, cost of living is driven by demand. Basic economics. Houston is ugly and therefore cheap. California, South Florida, NY are expensive for a reason.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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Also, I never knew Hispanic and White were two different races. Thanks for that touch of ignorance.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Also, cost of living is driven by demand. Basic economics. Houston is ugly and therefore cheap. California, South Florida, NY are expensive for a reason.
Houston is far from ugly.

I'm perfectly happy with the beaches in Galveston knowing that I have a decent job, chances for growth in my career, and that I'm surrounded by opportunity.

I'm more then happy to let Miami have tourism and retirees.. As for not being a "real" city because of sprawl, You might want to check your precious Southern California before talking about sprawl.. Oh, and your metro consists of 3 counties, not exactly a burrough of New York, huh ?
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