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Old 07-12-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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My husband and I are both happily employed and have 2 kiddos (4 mos. and 2 y.o). We love Austin, the city that we live in, as it suits our lifestyle of activity and lots of cool things to do with the kids (Great running trails, LOTS of parks, triathlons, lots of races and people are very active, Childrens Mueseum, many family friendly events and restaurants, very friendly people, etc.). I am also a teacher at a school that is very hard to score a job at. My husband is considering a job in Rancho Cordova and I am hoping to get a teaching job at a school within the next year if we decide to bite the bullet and make the move.

My main question is- Is Rancho Cordova/Folsom/Sacramento Area family friendly? What is there to do with kids there?
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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I would say look to Folsom and East of there, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs. The schools are highly rated in those areas - see GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community - and a quick drive to Rancho Cordova. There are a lot of outdoor activities and parks, but for things like museums and amusement parks, you'll have to make the trip downtown. I haven't been as impressed with finding family friendly restaurants (oh how I miss places like Central Market and Amy's Ice Cream with the large outdoor playground). Not that it's bad to bring kids along, but they don't cater to them as much here. Most of the suburbs have great family activites like concerts in the park with bounce houses, various festivals, santa clause fireman runs, etc.

I lived in Austin from 1989-93. If you like the outdoor activity, you will really enjoy living out here. Generally speaking, housing here is more expensive than Texas, but Austin is more expensive than most of Texas so it shouldn't be such a big sticker shock.

FYI - the schools have all been cutting back and finding a teaching job here might be quite difficult. It depends on your subject.

Good luck with your move and feel free to post or send me a direct message if you have any detailed questions.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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Just my 2 cents...I feel Austin has more to offer you. Cost of living is much cheaper in Texas. Getting a teaching job here is kind of tough. If you love Austin, I would stay...the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Best of Luck!
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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Rancho Cordova and Folsom are completely different places. Folsom is much safer and way better schools even though they're part of the same school district. I'm an elementary teacher and here's a little taste of the job situation: I was laid off 2 years in a row (got a job back right before school started each time) in Sacramento. This last school year I got a job at a charter school. There were 400 applicants and 2 positions. This coming school year, we are hiring 3 more teachers, and we had 800 applicants. All highly qualified with CA credentials. The job situation for teachers is downright horrible right now. I am not trying to talk you out of moving here, but this is the reality for teachers anyway. I have a teacher-friend who can't even sub anywhere around the area because all of the laid-off teachers get first dibbs on all of the subbing in their districts. It's pretty sad right now.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Downtown Rancho Cordova, CA
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My husband and I are both happily employed and have 2 kiddos (4 mos. and 2 y.o). We love Austin, the city that we live in, as it suits our lifestyle of activity and lots of cool things to do with the kids (Great running trails, LOTS of parks, triathlons, lots of races and people are very active, Childrens Mueseum, many family friendly events and restaurants, very friendly people, etc.). I am also a teacher at a school that is very hard to score a job at. My husband is considering a job in Rancho Cordova and I am hoping to get a teaching job at a school within the next year if we decide to bite the bullet and make the move.

My main question is- Is Rancho Cordova/Folsom/Sacramento Area family friendly? What is there to do with kids there?
Just run searches on this forum and you will get mucho information on your questions.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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You may want to consider staying in Austin. Things are quite difficult for teachers right now.
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