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Old 08-12-2011, 04:09 PM
 
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I live in Austin, but thinking to relocating to Houston for better career opportunity with my company. Our office is located in Katy, so I am considering Katy as my first choice, but I am hearing good stuff about Sugarland. So, I want your opinion on both suburbs in terms of: safety, family living, traffic, cost of living, diversity, and so on

I will be renting, so I am interested in knowing how much a decent 2 bed/ 2 bath apartment in a good, safe location would cost, also which one is closer to major shopping places.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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I consider the two very similar so if it was me, i'd live in Katy to be close to work. I think sugarland is more ethnically diverse. You're renting anyway so it's not as huge of a commitment. Anyway, highway 99 connect Katy and Sugarland so it's easy to hang out and shop/dine in either suburbs regardless whichever one you choose.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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So, I want your opinion on both suburbs in terms of: safety, family living, traffic, cost of living, diversity, and so on
Safety: Similar. As a local police officer said to me, "There is crime anywhere within driving distance of Houston."

Family living: Similar. Both excellent.

Traffic: Maybe a bit worse in Sugar Land because there is so much going on along Highway 6 and not enough traffic lanes.

Cost of living: Both less expensive than nice suburbs of Austin.

Diversity: More diversity in Sugar Land. Look at student stats for specific schools at GreatSchools.org for details.

You didn't ask about shopping but Sugar Land has a slight edge. Sugar Land has First Colony Mall (Katy doesn't have a regular mall) but it is very generic - not awesome.

Sugar Land also has the Whole Foods Market. Katy doesn't. That was a big draw for my family.

If I worked in Katy, I would live in Katy, for sure. You can easily reach Sugar Land. I live in Sugar Land and I spent one day last week with my children doing stuff in Katy and it was a super easy drive.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:09 AM
 
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Katy has Katy Mills Mall. The areas surrounding Katy are safer than the areas surrounding Sugarland.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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Katy has Katy Mills Mall. The areas surrounding Katy are safer than the areas surrounding Sugarland.
Katy Mills Mall isn't a regular mall. They call themselves an "outlet and value retail shopping destination" but they don't seem to have the great name brands that most designer outlet malls have.
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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Katy Mills Mall isn't a regular mall. They call themselves an "outlet and value retail shopping destination" but they don't seem to have the great name brands that most designer outlet malls have.
Not a shopper. Will take your word for it.
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Old 08-14-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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Not a shopper. Will take your word for it.

Katy Mills is a great mall, first off it is huge and very kid friendly. Great place to take the kids and wear them out on day you can't do things outside. The stores are great and wide variety but yes they are outlets, but nice ones at that. But I personally like saving money. We are living a new day and age where we should be living below are means and I am sorry I am not going to spend $150 on a pair of jeans when I can buy last years designer jeans for less than $50.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:13 PM
 
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But I personally like saving money. We are living a new day and age where we should be living below are means and I am sorry I am not going to spend $150 on a pair of jeans when I can buy last years designer jeans for less than $50.
Me, either, and you are making assumptions about my spending habits just because I commented about the quality of some shopping malls.

My opinion is that Katy Mills Mall isn't great. Houston Premium Outlets is way better, but is quite a drive.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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Both are so comparable but I'd move to Katy because you'd be within arms length of your office. You'll have to drive for nearly everything here so being close to work of all things is nice.

Sugar Land being ethnically diverse is subjective because it's not an even/good number of everyone over there.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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Both are so comparable but I'd move to Katy because you'd be within arms length of your office. You'll have to drive for nearly everything here so being close to work of all things is nice.

Sugar Land being ethnically diverse is subjective because it's not an even/good number of everyone over there.
IKR. The 2010 Census doesn't even show a balance or DIVERSITY like people claim that SugarLand is. Even though I don't live there, the proof is still in the pudding.
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