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Old 07-24-2009, 01:21 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Hi, all...

Texas is one of a select few places on my list of places to move to, but before I make a choice, I would like some feedback from Texans who know, on a few things...

Firstly, what area(s) of TX get the most rain?

Second, I plan to rent a very basic, 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. My budget is $400 - $450 a month. I do NOT require cable, or high-speed internet, and I don't have animals with me. All I require, is air conditioning, and on-site laundry. What are my chances of actually finding something like this, in a "decent" neighborhood?

Also, in terms of jobs, I'd like to be able to secure work in the retail or customer service environment, like in a supermarket, or maybe a hotel front desk type of environment. Are those kinds of jobs hard to get?

Help is appreciated.
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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Hi, all...

Texas is one of a select few places on my list of places to move to, but before I make a choice, I would like some feedback from Texans who know, on a few things...

Firstly, what area(s) of TX get the most rain?

Second, I plan to rent a very basic, 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. My budget is $400 - $450 a month. I do NOT require cable, or high-speed internet, and I don't have animals with me. All I require, is air conditioning, and on-site laundry. What are my chances of actually finding something like this, in a "decent" neighborhood?

Also, in terms of jobs, I'd like to be able to secure work in the retail or customer service environment, like in a supermarket, or maybe a hotel front desk type of environment. Are those kinds of jobs hard to get?

Help is appreciated.
Basically the eastern half of the state gets the most rain (where it is naturally greener of course). With some exceptions that generally translates to cities along or near the I-35 corridor and east/southeast of there. Cities like Dallas-Ft. Worth, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Tyler, etc., usually get plenty of rain (although there has been a drought lately in some of these areas). Assuming that a place where it rains more is a priority to you, you'll have to stay in those parts of the state. I think many towns and cities along the gulf coast get some decent rain too. I'll leave it up to those more familiar with all those areas for additional input on your rent price range. Rent for small apartments in the price range you mention can be found out here in West Texas in some areas that are in a fairly decent neighborhood (including here in Abilene, TX where I live), but this region of the state doesn't get much rain.
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The closer you get to the coast, the more rain you will get. Houston gets ~50% more rain (on average) than Austin or San Antonio. As you get into deep east Texas, this model breaks down a bit and you still get a decent amount of rain pretty far north from the coast.

No idea on Apt. costs in Houston or Beaumont or Corpus Christi (all coastal locations). You will not likely find a nice apt for that price in Austin.
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Old 07-24-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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Here you go on the rainfall.

http://www.texaslegacy.org/m/curricu...s.rainfall.gif
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Thanks, all, and thanks, Canine*Castle, for that rain chart! That really puts it into perspective.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Texas is a big place, you need to narrow your focus down to a City you want to live in before anyone can answer your other questions on jobs, rent, etc. But generally I feel there are probably lots of places where you could potentially find those kinds of jobs. Keep in mind that the closer you are to the coast the more subject you will be to the occasional hurricane.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:39 PM
 
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When you talk about 400 - 450 per month. Most places require you to pay rent and pay electricity. Which can average 75-100 per month in a bedroom apartment. Was electric cost considered in your monthly figure? Tyler - Longview have a few apartments in ok areas for that rent. Jobs are available that you are looking for. However, maybe smaller cities would have lower rents? I hope someone responds for you. Good Luck !!
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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Thanks, all, and thanks, Canine*Castle, for that rain chart! That really puts it into perspective.
That is indeed a nice rain fall chart. You'll notice how the amount of rain fall increases dramatically in south east Texas. The heavy rain fall begins at about the Houston area and continues eastward.

As that rain fall goes, be aware that the Houston and south east coastal areas have some fantastic thunder storms. Heavy rains, high winds, extreme lightning and awesome thunder to accompany. If you like rain fall then don't deny yourself the opportunity to witness these storms.

I mention this, seeing your location as California. I've worked with California transplants in Houston and witnessed the fear on their faces when those thunder storms pass thru. Both are a phenomena to behold.

The housing at your price range may be difficult to be found in desirable areas, at least in a major city, but can be found.

Good Luck.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:16 PM
 
Location: New York City
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That is indeed a nice rain fall chart. You'll notice how the amount of rain fall increases dramatically in south east Texas. The heavy rain fall begins at about the Houston area and continues eastward.

As that rain fall goes, be aware that the Houston and south east coastal areas have some fantastic thunder storms. Heavy rains, high winds, extreme lightning and awesome thunder to accompany. If you like rain fall then don't deny yourself the opportunity to witness these storms.

I mention this, seeing your location as California. I've worked with California transplants in Houston and witnessed the fear on their faces when those thunder storms pass thru. Both are a phenomena to behold.

The housing at your price range may be difficult to be found in desirable areas, at least in a major city, but can be found.

Good Luck.
Aye, I am, unfortunately, in California for now, but as I hate this place like colon cancer, I can't wait to move to a place that has ample amounts of rain. California only has one kind of storm... a firestorm. Trust me, I will have NO problem with any rain that TX can dish out. I'll be only too happy to leave CA way behind me.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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Aye, I am, unfortunately, in California for now, but as I hate this place like colon cancer, I can't wait to move to a place that has ample amounts of rain. California only has one kind of storm... a firestorm. Trust me, I will have NO problem with any rain that TX can dish out. I'll be only too happy to leave CA way behind me.
I'm from southern California and that's one thing I like more about Texas is more rain. I'm in central Texas, so I don't receive as much rain as near Houston or further east, but definitely enough. You might be surprised how scary a severe thunderstorm is with tornado potential, deadly lightning, high winds, and hail but then again, you may find it fascinating and have no fear. I do find it fascinating, but I'm quite fearful of the big ones. You will find me below ground in my storm cellar.
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