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Old 01-26-2014, 10:07 PM
 
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Me, 36yrs and my two kids (5 & 16) are trying to find a place to live. We currently live in Wyoming and have to move. We want a place that is warmer, has more rain, is between 40,000-70000 population and has housing for low income. We had considered Spring Texas and that area but have discovered that they do not really fit our low income. I am going to school and will continue it where ever we move but until I finish my income will be limited. I found Harlingen on a website as lower income, is texas warm and has a population I am looking for? I have read numerous posts from others on here, but alot are fairly old and concern older folks. Since we are from a rural area and am used to harsh winters and have lower income living, will Harlingen (or any other places in Texas near the ocean) fit us? We have to move before summer, I have been searching for places to move for months. Thanks to anyone who answers honestly.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Be careful moving down to the RGV without a job. The unemployment rate there is over 10%, and it is always the highest in Texas. Yes, it is a popular place with "snowbirds" and retirees, which is why you see so many posts about them. If you need public housing, you will likely need to be on a waiting list that could take years.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:01 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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It is not only warmer, but to the other extreme. Most places in Texas will be very hot during the summer. Harlingen does have the advantage of being close to the coast being only about 40 miles away. Be prepared for harsh summers instead of winters. As for the job situation, yes it would be best to find employment before you move. You may want to consider McAllen instead of Harlingen. It is larger but with more amenities.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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You may want to consider McAllen instead of Harlingen. It is larger but with more amenities.
If you're planning to attend a 4-year university for your continuing education, McAllen and adjacent Edinburgh would be a first choice, IMO. Pan American U. is a branch of Univ. of Texas located in Edinburgh. There is another branch in Brownsville, but the campus in Edinburgh is the main campus for the region. The entire region is considered "low income" and anywhere you live in the Rio Grande valley you'll be competing for jobs with those who live and work there already.

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Old 01-27-2014, 10:35 AM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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Be careful moving down to the RGV without a job. The unemployment rate there is over 10%, and it is always the highest in Texas. Yes, it is a popular place with "snowbirds" and retirees, which is why you see so many posts about them. If you need public housing, you will likely need to be on a waiting list that could take years.
This^^. Even for a "day labor" type job, you would be competing with many, many people. You didn't indicate whether or not you speak Spanish. Unless you are employed in one of the professions, it would be very difficult to compete with workers who are bilingual or even Spanish-speaking only.

Unfortunately, one of the reasons drug & human smuggling are rampant in the RGV is because people desperate for jobs sometimes turn to desperate measures.

I'll go a step further than ChristieP and flat out say do not come here without a good job lined up.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:40 AM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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If you're planning to attend a 4-year university for your continuing education, McAllen and adjacent Edinburgh would be a first choice, IMO. Pan American U. is a branch of Univ. of Texas located in Edinburgh. There is another branch in Brownsville, but the campus in Edinburgh is the main campus for the region.
FYI--the schools in Edinburg & Brownsville are being combined into UT-RGV.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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Why do you want more rain? Are you a farmer?

Wyoming is a beautiful place. I can barely believe someone would want to move from there to the Valley. Looking for adventure with the gangs, illegal immigrant smugglers, etc? Why would you take your kids to a human trafficking center? Your income is low so you want to move to a poor terrible place because it might be possibly cheaper than Wyoming? Are you wanting your kids to grow up to be gangbangers, drug users, or worse? How is that going to get you out of poverty?

Please stay where you are!!
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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FYI--the schools in Edinburg & Brownsville are being combined into UT-RGV.
I'm aware of that but they're going to have a hard time moving those campuses so that they are conjoined, don't you think?

I would hate having to attend classes at both campuses - wonder how many have to do that now anyway?
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Are you wanting your kids to grow up to be gangbangers, drug users, or worse? How is that going to get you out of poverty?
That's a bit stereotypical don't you think? Not everyone here is a drug smuggler or a gangbanger. Don't listen to this rubbish. Sure we have crime related to drugs but what populated area doesn't? Yes,there is more crime here than in Wyoming for sure, but guess why... There's way more people, Duh! I would venture to say however that the cost of living here is lower than in Wyoming. In short, there are pros and cons to anywhere you live.

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I'm aware of that but they're going to have a hard time moving those campuses so that they are conjoined, don't you think?

I would hate having to attend classes at both campuses - wonder how many have to do that now anyway?
They are not moving anything. They are simply becoming one entity instead of two separate ones as they are now.. In addition, they are adding a Medical School which will be located in Edinburg.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:38 AM
 
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Watch out for high electric bills. The summers are extremely hot, weeks on end in the 100's, and the cost of electric/KWH is quite high. If you're looking for cheap housing, its probably not well insulated. Your electric bills could be $400--$600/month or more, just to stay liveable.
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