Skip to comments.Request for advice from Freepers that moved to Texas, fellow FReeper considering it.
Posted on 02/09/2010 1:10:32 PM PST by erod
Hi everyone, I was wondering if you could give a fellow conservative some advice on moving to Texas. I am currently living in Chicago, and I am fed up with the taxes, cold weather, Democratic culture and bad economy here. I am seriously considering a move to Texas, I am fairly young, 26, and I am almost done with my degree in marketing, although I currently posses a B.A. in journalism. I think Texas sounds really cool and I just wanted to get advice from fellow FReepers who have either made the move from other states to Texas or FReepers who currently live there.
Some of my questions are: 1. Do you like Texas better than your former state or why do you think Texas is second to none? 2. Out of the two cities there: Dallas and Houston, which one is the better one to live in? (Basically I want the city that least resembles Chicago, but is fun to live in and doesnt end up costing me an arm and a leg in rent and taxes) 3. Hows the economic climate in Texas? I know were in the midst of a recession but whats the unemployment rate etc.
Those are just some sample questions feel free to tell me about your move or whatever other advice you can give if you can. Thanks for responding to my thread, God Bless. -Eric
Padner... we’re gonna need to see some ID and your voting record before you get any big ideas of moseying down to the Republic of Texas.
I’m in the same boat, thanks for posting this...BTTT!
Other than the Houston livestock and Rodeo the city is a waste of land.
Austin and San Antonio, New Braunfuls, are wonderful.
El Paso is also a pit.
I do not live there but have been to both cities. I prefer Dallas area. If you drive a few miles to Fort Worth, the people there do not think people in Dallas are real Texans.
Make sure to vote 8 times before you move...
Nonsense. We have the coast, boating, sailing and beaches. Don't make me whoop ya one!
Climate is good, and people are fabulous.
if you can afford to live in the better parts of either city you should do it. That said the bad part of Houston is worse than the bad part of Dallas. There are more “ok” areas around dallas that you could commute to work from.
I hope you are bigger than an erod. Things are big in Texas.
Lived here all my life, apart from 20 months and 3 days in Los Angeles, and got back as soon as I could. Yes, I love it here and wouldn’t live anywhere else.
Lived in both Houston and Dallas. Depends on what you think is fun. Houston has it all over Dallas in cultural and performing arts. Dallas is a sports town. But you’ll find the yee-haw/dancing/club stuff in both cities.
Have you looked into Austin or San Antonio? You’re young enough to get a kick out of Austin, and we need Freepers there.
I now live in the suburbs between Dallas and Ft. Worth. As long as you stay out of Dallas proper or south Dallas, you'll probably be fine. There are lots of great little suburbs and small towns close enough to DFW to enjoy the city's amenities without actually having to deal with the corrupt morons who run Dallas. If you're looking to go where the jobs and money are, look just north of Dallas, to the Richardson-Plano-McKinney area.
I agree, if you are not a conservative voter, stay away!!!lol. I was born and raised in Texas. Born in Lubbock, lived in Denton and moved to Frisco, Texas where we raise our boys. Love it here!!!!!! There is no better place than Texas. I guarantee you will love it here.
1. Best business climate in the US
2. See number one
You would deny a new Texas resident the thrill of a hurricane evacuation?
Houston = humid as all get out, isn’t it?
I do not live in Texas but have been there many times for training with the Air Force. I am a big fan of San Antonio, the riverwalk is beautiful. I also have been to Fort Worth a few times and have to say that I would probably move there if I were going to move to Texas. Downtown Fort Worth is very clean and there are many things to do. TCU is close so it is young and vibrant. Fort Worth also has the Stockyard area where you can eat a steak, drink some beer and watch cattle as they are driven through the street.( only in Texas)
I’ve been offered the opportunity to transfer out of Texas many times (ironically, one of the places was just outside of Chicago- Schaumburg) but I can’t leave Texas. Not only is it not cost effective (I was offered over 50% increase in pay to move to Schaumburg and I still feel I would not have broken even with the higher cost of living, house prices, and taxes).
Depending on where you live, the cost of living can be much lower. Most of Texas the economic climate is great, we haven’t really been hit by the recession very hard.
Regarding taxes, we have the second lowest per-capita tax rate in the country (that includes property tax) so that is a big plus.
I would vote for Dallas to live in myself, but I’m sure many others would disagree. The people are nicer and the traffic is much better.
I love Texas much more than my birth state. Once you get Texas on you you can’t get rid of it. It becomes part of your soul....DALLAS DALLAS DALLAS hands down, DALLAS. The weather in H-town is horrid, and the politics is much wose than Dallas. Our economy has be fairly stable with slight impact to housing prices, but more so to the job market. You can’t go wrong moving to Dallas, or the DFW area...
Can’t believe you fell for the Paultard amateur.
While I don’t quite fit your profile (I’m a native Texan), I urge you to consider Austin. Dallas and Houston are just too big and fast, while Austin enjoys a more convivial culture than either of those two.
Full disclosure, I was born and raised in Ft. Worth (possibly too podunk for you, but they have surprisingly good museums) and I did live in Plano, which you can hardly distinguish from N. Dallas anymore. Also, I lived in San Diego for 9 years and loved it; now reside outside of Austin.
All I know is that unemployment is presently less bad in Texas than most other places.
I can’t believe you think an amateur could do any worse than the two RINO idiots. I’d take the average drunk form the county jail over another flip flopping RINO
Don't tell him about the mosquitoes.
The three big cities in Texas are blue: Austin, Dallas, Houston. The suburbs are red, so Plano/Richardson for Dallas, Woodlands/Sugarland for Houston.
Austin needs to be nuked.
El Paso is a liberal dump in a New Mexico sort of way, as I should know, being a New Mexican.
San Antonio is liberal, but in a Hispanic sort of way with good surrounding towns.
For a city of any size that is conservative, it would be Ft. Worth, then Midland, then Abiliene (the last two being smallish, but rich).
The economy is fine (about 5% unemployment) in Midland.
You will get about 500% more house in Texas (anywhere but Austin or University Park/Highland Park in Dallas or River Oaks in Houston) than Chicago.
Coming from NY state thats a no brainer. Been here in DFW area since '83. Although hot here in summers I like it here. Was able to allocate a lot more toward retirement savings than if living back in NY where the taxes and overpriced cost of living would have taken more and left me with less.
You also have a lesbian mayor in Houston pushing a socialist agenda worthy of San Fransico.
But whatever you do, stay out of Garland. Nothing good can ever come from you entering that city.
I don’t live in Texas, but I travel to Texas a lot. I agree with GoCards about Frisco. It is a heck of a fast growing area, just about the perfect distance from DFW.
If you are a cyclist, one of the best velodromes in the country is in Frisco.
I have been in Texas over 30 years, since moving here from Michigan, where I was born, grew up, and went to college. I would as soon stay in Texas the rest of my life.
As to Houston vs. Dallas, I now live in the Houston area, but spent abvout 8 years in the vicinity of the DFW Metroplex. My preference is Houston, but DFW is a fine place to live, too. It’s about six of one vs. half-a-dozen of the other. If you are into boating choose Houston.
Property values are generally a push, too. However, Houston *may* have an edge — if you have a steady job already lined up. Why? Because JSC, in SE Houston is set to lay off about 10,000 people — mostly engineers and professionals — thanks to the cancellation of the Shuttle and Constellation programs. That means houses in the Clear Lake area will be cheap, as many will relocate. OTOH, if you plan to come down and look around for a job, you will soon be competing with 10,000 rocket scientists. Hungry rocket scientists. YMMV.
10 years ago we moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Arlington, TX. Within 3 months I knew more people in my neighborhood than I did in 10 years in the Bay Area. I am retired, my wife retired last year and we set down and talked about, “ok, what now?” We decided to stay here because we couldn’t come up with someplace that we would rather live. The cost of living is such that we do pretty good on our retirement income plus it was easy to put down roots and make friends. All in all we really like it here.
Did I mention that the TX Constitution prohibits a state income tax and that we reserve the right to split into 5 states at the slightest provocation?
I would move to the San Antonio area.
Do you have to remind me!!!!!
If you have to move to Houston, look at The Woodlands.
If you have to move to Texas, check around Grapevine and Lewisville.
I’ve been told the people in Houston think they’re Southerners, while the folks in Dallas call themselves Westerners. Maybe that says something.
lol I’m 6’4, 220 and erod is short for my name Eric Rodriguez. ;)
Don’t worry I’m a dyed in the wool conservative, no Chicago politics here. ;)
President Sam Houston’s last words say it all, “Texas. Texas, Margaret.”
Dude, what you said. I got a house inside the loop in Ho-town for the price of a parking spot in my native N. CA.
President Sam Houston’s last words say it all, “Texas. Texas, Margaret.”
Well, to be fair, here in East Texas we saw snow this year before Chicago did (by one day).
My main problem with Perry, and it is a big one, is if he wins, he will run for Prez in 2012, adding one more well funded RINO for the conservative candidates(s) to overcome.
Mark my words.
I moved from New Orleans to Dallas...best move I ever made.
. Do you like Texas better than your former state or why do you think Texas is second to none?
I left New Orleans BEFORE Katrina and it was still a pile of steaming stool living there..but its a nice place to visit. In Texas the schools are better, economy, jobs, housing is cheaper, people are happier....and the sun shines brighter.
2. Out of the two cities there: Dallas and Houston, which one is the better one to live in?
Dallas has major sports teams and a ton of things to do...lots of places to eat. You are not going to find the old rustic city in big “D”...it’s a shimmering jewel of a city. Houston...really depends on where you live...
3. Hows the economic climate in Texas? I know were in the midst of a recession but whats the unemployment rate etc.
Texas has created more jobs during this recession than any other state by far. When I moved from New Orleans to Dallas, I got a $20k increase in pay but my living expenses went down. Property tax was the one bill that was dramatically higher...but the schools are much better so I figure my money is being better spent.
Since you are so young, you may want to check out Addison which is where all the young piss ants go to have fun. In my opinion, Dallas has more to offer than does Houston which is why I picked it...however....I have a family with teens...a much different demographic than you.
I would avoid San Antonio unless you like traffic. It’s a beautiful city...you just can’t get anywhere any time soon.
My wife is from Lubbock...if you like dirt, you’ll love it there...
Katy, a burb of houston is pretty sweet...
But to me, there is no place like Dallas (Actually Plano, Frisco, Carrollton, Addison). Those are the burbs to the north. Plano has the highest income per capita in the nation.
Lastly....Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, Stars, and a soccer team that plays somewhere around here....lol.
I live in Houston, which is the 4th largest city in the U.S., after Chicago. One thing you might like about Houston is its proximity to other places. Galveston and other beach cities are a short drive away. you can even hop over to New Orleans if you're of a mind.
Texas is a huge-ass state, and Dallas is a long way off. It's 4 or more hours between the two cities. Neither city is particularly like Chicago. Austin is one of the most liberal cities in the state.
3. The economic climate in Texas is better than much of the country, but still not great.
You will find differing opinions but I would never live in or near Austin, or San Antonio. I have found Dallas/Fort Worth to be much more to my liking, and actually a little east of Dallas. The weather is little better as well.
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