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Old 01-27-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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Hey everyone..kinda new here but I have really been enjoying the city-data forum. It is so full of information!

I thought maybe some simple feed back would help resolve a couple of issues we have going on.

We are getting ready to make our move. The move that we have been waiting on for a long, long time. The kids are all in college or married, etc. and we have hated living in this small town 50 miles from anything to do for a while now.

We love hanging out at bars (nice bars) and playing video poker and talking with the locals, going to concerts, and good resteraunts. All the things that we are deprived of living in a small "dry" county.

We are about 5 hours away from my boyfriend's family in Austin. Our original plan was to move to Austin this year after landing a job there, hopefully. Now..we are wondering about Vegas. It sounds way better than Austin. But I just...dont....know.

Boyfriend is an IT manager. I am a retail merchandiser with banking experience. I'm not sure which place would be easier for an IT manager to land a decent job (50k or above) but each place has its pros and cons relating to our situation.

The thing that makes it difficult is between the both of us we have four children and two little grandbabies (2 & 4 ) and they are really cute. Moving five hours away is one thing but ...24 HOURS away is another!

Has anyone ever done this? Does it seem irresponsible or selfish to move so far away from your children? My boyfriend does not think so. He thinks they are grown now and his parents always did what they wanted to do. And I have been bored living here for years also but I just don't know about leaving my entire family.

I think the cost of living in Austin is much higher than Vegas. I'm not sure which city would be easier to land a job but I do know that the actual move to Austin would probably be much less traumatic than going all the way to Vegas. But on the other hand...it also sounds very exciting!

Any thoughts please? Speak sanity to me !
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Undisclosed location in the American desert Southwest
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Move to Austin. It's a no brainer in your situation.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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I've lived in LV. I do like it a lot.

But in your case, I'd still choose Austin because its more well-rounded and the economy is better in Austin than LV.

Perhaps your kids will like wherever you live that they will move there as well-- you jut never know what the future brings.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Austin. Plenty of tech jobs, better schools, and much more to offer than just casinos and strip clubs.
Austin also has an all-over better music scene than Vegas really.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: League City
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Wow I just watched a show on the history channel recently about the BIG real estate BUST in Vegas, whereas I can pick up a newspaper any time of the day and read about the stable economy in all the big Texas cities. Despite being infinitely less exciting, I would also expect Austin to cost significantly less than Vegas. More importantly you can probably find a job in Austin. I am surprised to hear someone wanting to move to Vegas right now due to the economic problems they are having.


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ABC News - Before the financial crisis Las Vegas was synonymous with sin, indulgence and extravagance. Now, the city holds America's highest unemployment and foreclosure rates. Resorts on the famous strip are just holding on by offering a cut price holiday experience few could have dreamt of only a few years ago.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Wow I just watched a show on the history channel recently about the BIG real estate BUST in Vegas, whereas I can pick up a newspaper any time of the day and read about the stable economy in all the big Texas cities. Despite being infinitely less exciting, I would also expect Austin to cost significantly less than Vegas. More importantly you can probably find a job in Austin. I am surprised to hear someone wanting to move to Vegas right now due to the economic problems they are having.


ABC News - Before the financial crisis Las Vegas was synonymous with sin, indulgence and extravagance. Now, the city holds America's highest unemployment and foreclosure rates. Resorts on the famous strip are just holding on by offering a cut price holiday experience few could have dreamt of only a few years ago.

I've heard everything on this forum. Some people say that there ARE jobs in Vegas and NO jobs in Austin. And I've heard the other way also. So I don't really know who to believe.

My boyfriend is an IT manager...I've heard that field is overrun in Austin. I've also heard its overrun in Vegas too but the cost of living is lower (in Vegas).

We are not really interested in the real estate or schools. We will just rent and our kids are grown.

But I do really appreciate all of your replies. We will probably move to Austin. It seems more practical even though Vegas sounds more fun. Unless ...you know something I don't.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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But I do really appreciate all of your replies. We will probably move to Austin. It seems more practical even though Vegas sounds more fun. Unless ...you know something I don't.
From what I know Vegas is a depressing place to LIVE. To me it's one of those places that's nice to visit but not to live.
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Hmmm...

I guess you could also think about it this way. Would you rather move to a place that has already experienced a bust, but will most likely recover (Las Vegas) or would you rather move to a place that has been pulling people in left and right like Vegas once did (Austin), but may also suffer the consequences of growth happening too quickly?
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:43 PM
 
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I just moved to Las Vegas but use to live in Killeen and spent many hours in Austin. Austin is a great city and it would have been my first choice to relocate to. However, there are few places in the US that provide a better value than Las Vegas. I also prefer the hot dry summer of Las Vegas to the moist hot summers of Texas. While Austin has a great nightlife, it doesn't compare to Las Vegas.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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Hmmm...

I guess you could also think about it this way. Would you rather move to a place that has already experienced a bust, but will most likely recover (Las Vegas) or would you rather move to a place that has been pulling people in left and right like Vegas once did (Austin), but may also suffer the consequences of growth happening too quickly?
I get your logic, but I also think this is a bit of an oversimplistic way of thinking about it. There is no housing bubble going on now and housing prices stay pretty stable here, due in part to really high property taxes. Although there is still lots of urban infill and suburban construction going on, it's not an economic driver. Gov't, universities and tech make the job market pretty stable, but not a juggernaut. Not every city that busts recovers fully, and not every city that experiences growth busts, let alone one of the Vegas magnitude. But you're right, Austin has already felt some consequence of fast growth, the biggest I see are congestion/traffic and a really high apt occupancy rate, which drives up rent.
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