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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 doesn’t end up costing me an arm and a leg in rent and taxes) 3. How’s the economic climate in Texas? I know we’re in the midst of a recession but what’s 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


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1 posted on 02/09/2010 1:10:32 PM PST by erod
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To: erod

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.


2 posted on 02/09/2010 1:12:34 PM PST by avacado
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To: erod

I’m in the same boat, thanks for posting this...BTTT!


3 posted on 02/09/2010 1:12:59 PM PST by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: erod

Vote Medina


4 posted on 02/09/2010 1:13:28 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: erod

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.


5 posted on 02/09/2010 1:13:31 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy.)
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To: erod

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.


6 posted on 02/09/2010 1:14:41 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: erod

Make sure to vote 8 times before you move...


7 posted on 02/09/2010 1:15:01 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Joe Boucher
"Other than the Houston livestock and Rodeo the city is a waste of land."

Nonsense. We have the coast, boating, sailing and beaches. Don't make me whoop ya one!

8 posted on 02/09/2010 1:15:20 PM PST by avacado
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To: erod
Check out San Antonio also. A delightful city which offers much, within a short drive to Austin, and near the Hill Country and other things foreign to your previous location.

Climate is good, and people are fabulous.

9 posted on 02/09/2010 1:15:34 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: erod

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.


10 posted on 02/09/2010 1:15:39 PM PST by melkor
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To: erod

I hope you are bigger than an erod. Things are big in Texas.


11 posted on 02/09/2010 1:16:38 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: erod

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.


12 posted on 02/09/2010 1:16:49 PM PST by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: erod
I don't know about Houston, but I'd avoid Dallas. I have a house there near downtown that I tried to sell for two years and finally had to rent. I'm being reamed on property taxes because the city government is run by a bunch of corrupt idiots who spend billions on high-profile show projects and graft and not a penny on little things like filling potholes, preventing floods, maintaining parks and enforcing zoning laws.

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.

13 posted on 02/09/2010 1:17:08 PM PST by HHFi
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To: avacado

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.


14 posted on 02/09/2010 1:17:20 PM PST by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: erod

Houston:

1. Best business climate in the US
2. See number one


15 posted on 02/09/2010 1:17:32 PM PST by texmexis best
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To: Joe Boucher
Other than the Houston livestock and Rodeo the city is a waste of land.

You would deny a new Texas resident the thrill of a hurricane evacuation?

;-)

16 posted on 02/09/2010 1:17:33 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: erod

Houston = humid as all get out, isn’t it?


17 posted on 02/09/2010 1:18:27 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Voters who thought their ship came in with 0bama are on their own Titanic.)
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To: erod

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)


18 posted on 02/09/2010 1:19:15 PM PST by n8dagr8 (disenfranchised by the man)
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To: Andonius_99
If I was starting out clean - anywhere in Texas - and wanted a larger City, it would be Fort Worth.
19 posted on 02/09/2010 1:19:30 PM PST by oldtimer
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To: erod

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.


20 posted on 02/09/2010 1:21:33 PM PST by mnehring
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To: erod

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...


21 posted on 02/09/2010 1:21:36 PM PST by devane617 (VOTE THEM OUT! ALL OF THEM!)
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To: pissant

Can’t believe you fell for the Paultard amateur.


22 posted on 02/09/2010 1:22:18 PM PST by mnehring
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To: erod

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.


23 posted on 02/09/2010 1:22:35 PM PST by TexasVoter (No Constituion - No Union!)
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To: mnehring

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


24 posted on 02/09/2010 1:23:44 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Charles Martel
You would deny a new Texas resident the thrill of a hurricane evacuation?

Don't tell him about the mosquitoes.

25 posted on 02/09/2010 1:23:57 PM PST by mnehring
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To: erod
Very popular thread from a few weeks ago:
 

Best small towns in Texas


26 posted on 02/09/2010 1:24:02 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Free Republic. The BEST place anywhere to PIMP YOUR BLOG)
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To: erod

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.


27 posted on 02/09/2010 1:24:46 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: erod
1. Do you like Texas better than your former state

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.

28 posted on 02/09/2010 1:25:28 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: avacado

You also have a lesbian mayor in Houston pushing a socialist agenda worthy of San Fransico.


29 posted on 02/09/2010 1:25:50 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: HHFi
"... If you're looking to go where the jobs and money are, look just north of Dallas, to the Richardson-Plano-McKinney area...."

But whatever you do, stay out of Garland. Nothing good can ever come from you entering that city.

30 posted on 02/09/2010 1:26:48 PM PST by I Buried My Guns
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To: GoCards; erod

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.

http://www.superdrome.com/

http://www.ci.frisco.tx.us/Pages/Default.aspx


31 posted on 02/09/2010 1:26:59 PM PST by savedbygrace
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To: pissant
Worse than KBH, no, but not Perry. For all his faults, he is still better than the alternatives. Pro life, pro second amendment, has done more for border security than the feds (even though they blocked him every step of the way), blocked attempts by the dems to start an income tax. Yes, there are faults re TTC and HPV, but on balance still better than most other governors in this country. Plus, you can't argue with Ted Nugent.


32 posted on 02/09/2010 1:27:35 PM PST by mnehring
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To: erod

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.


33 posted on 02/09/2010 1:28:00 PM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: erod

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.


34 posted on 02/09/2010 1:28:16 PM PST by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: erod

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?


35 posted on 02/09/2010 1:28:42 PM PST by TexasVoter (No Constituion - No Union!)
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To: erod

I would move to the San Antonio area.


36 posted on 02/09/2010 1:28:45 PM PST by CAD Daddy
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To: TheThirdRuffian
"You also have a lesbian mayor in Houston pushing a socialist agenda worthy of San Fransico."

Do you have to remind me!!!!!

37 posted on 02/09/2010 1:28:46 PM PST by avacado
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To: erod

If you have to move to Houston, look at The Woodlands.
If you have to move to Texas, check around Grapevine and Lewisville.


38 posted on 02/09/2010 1:28:51 PM PST by mnehring
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To: erod

I’ve been told the people in Houston think they’re Southerners, while the folks in Dallas call themselves Westerners. Maybe that says something.


39 posted on 02/09/2010 1:28:51 PM PST by Hugin (Sarah Palin,: accept no substitutes!)
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To: fish hawk

lol I’m 6’4, 220 and erod is short for my name Eric Rodriguez. ;)


40 posted on 02/09/2010 1:29:53 PM PST by erod
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To: Badabing Badablonde
I keep on hearing Austin, seeing how I'm a Chicagoan I just automatically assume that either Houston or Dallas is the place to be. But Austin is defintley on my radar, now, I'm thinking about traveling to Houston and Austin now just to see how its like. Thanks for the recomendation. By the way how's the golf down there?
41 posted on 02/09/2010 1:29:53 PM PST by erod
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To: GoCards

Don’t worry I’m a dyed in the wool conservative, no Chicago politics here. ;)


42 posted on 02/09/2010 1:29:53 PM PST by erod
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To: erod

President Sam Houston’s last words say it all, “Texas. Texas, Margaret.”


43 posted on 02/09/2010 1:30:14 PM PST by Sasparilla
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To: TheThirdRuffian
"...You will get about 500% more house in Texas ..."

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.

44 posted on 02/09/2010 1:30:18 PM PST by I Buried My Guns
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To: erod

President Sam Houston’s last words say it all, “Texas. Texas, Margaret.”


45 posted on 02/09/2010 1:30:41 PM PST by Sasparilla
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To: erod
...fed up with.. cold weather...

Well, to be fair, here in East Texas we saw snow this year before Chicago did (by one day).

46 posted on 02/09/2010 1:30:50 PM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

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.


47 posted on 02/09/2010 1:31:06 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: All

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. How’s the economic climate in Texas? I know we’re in the midst of a recession but what’s 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.


48 posted on 02/09/2010 1:31:25 PM PST by texan75010
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To: erod
1. Houston is the only city I have lived in, so I cannot comment.
2. Dallas and Houston are somewhat similar, in that both are huge sprawling cities with large populations. Dallas if further north and is colder in the winter time. Both cities are hot as hell in the summertime.

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.

49 posted on 02/09/2010 1:31:40 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: erod

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.


50 posted on 02/09/2010 1:32:51 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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