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Posted on 07/06/2011 10:41:36 AM PDT by NoGrayZone
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I am a Texas transplant, having moved here several years ago from the Pacific Northwest. I lived in Houston for two years and, while there are some redeeming things, I disliked every minute of it. While property values are comparatively low, you must live in one of the surrounding suburbs - which means a commute and the traffic is horrible. The politics is far left - present mayor is a lesbian, former mayor was Bill White, who ran for governor against Rick Perry in the last election. It is hot and very humid. There are mosquitos, fire ants, flying cockroachs the sized of a Volkswagon and water mocassins. And - it is as flat as a pancake.
I now live in San Antonio and love it here. Smaller city, friendly people, less humidity, equivalent property values and rolling hills surrounding the city. There is an extensive medical community here, so you might want to look into that.
I have never spent much time in Dallas/Fort Worth, so I can’t speak to that, but one of my wife’s relatives just graduated from nursing school and landed a job there almost immediately. She seems happy there.
Good luck in your hunt. Leaving “home” is difficult. If you decide to move to Texas, I think there is always room for a few good people and we that are already here will give you a big “howdy!”
We have that here on Long Island as well. But is it year round?
It’s 240 miles from Houston to Dallas. I believe almost all the larger cities are sanctuary cities, just as ALL the cities are more blue than the state itself.
Here’s a list that includes some smaller cities:
El Cenizo, TX
Port Arthur, TX
San Antonio, TX
So go ahead, own a nuke. Don't come crying to me about the cost, though!
Get out!! I could NOT even imagine such a thing!!!
And vehicle tags only cost $50-$85. But they are starting to put tolls on the city highways.
My brother and his family live in West University in Houston. West U as they call it... Also he has a weekend pad in Galveston about an hour or so away. It is a super nice neighborhood but it is kind of the city. Near all of the schools and hospitals. Take a look...
F&*$ spanish. We are America. English only. If you can't speak our language, then get the hell out.
My Ford Explorer V8 all wheel drive got me to and from safely to and from work in the very many ice/snow/flooding storms we have had.
Every time I got to work and home safely, without even 1 slip, I kissed him and said thank you.
You are correct, the intercities between Dallas and Ft. Worth may be the place to be. The Dallas/Ft. Worth area has a lot to offer.
I agree. There are several redder areas than Houston that would still offer job opportunities. South and East of Houston or even up around the Center, Longview, Tyler areas. Houston is almost as blue as Austin but not nearly as scenic, so if you need a large city, Austin or San Antonio would still be a better choice for history, scenery and ambiance. The weather is hot, but at least the winters are mild and short. Spring time is spectacular. I always think of Texas as an attitude and state of mind, so if you have the Texas attitude you are very welcome here regardless of accent.
We’re not into sports, so no worries there!
Hmmmm, that may be to my advantage.
We welcome any and all conservatives from blue states (honk if you can't stand Obummer).
Obamacare will cause thousands of new patients to flood the hospitals already flooded by illegals.
If Obamacare is not repealed, nurses will become Doctors and most Doctor's will retire if at all possible.
Any hospital with any sense knows this. So keep shopping around. Stay away from the inner city hospitals if at all possible. They are H...LL on nurses.
We have the four seasons, great outdoors and reasonable housing costs. Job prospects here are probably not as good as in Texas, but we're still way better than the national average. An RN will have no problem finding a job in this area.
I believe Glenn Beck is relocating in the D/FW Metroplex area.
If you end up more north of Houston (Austin or more north), don’t forget about tornados and ice storms in the winter.
Someone forgot to tell you about our red ants! Moved here in 1985 wouldn’t go back north. Consider Sugar Land or Pearland which is less expensive and much more conservative, commute into the city isn’t bad and some closer to the beach. Hill Country is awesome and weekend trips to San Antonio, Austin or floating the Guadalupe are fun times. It will take you years to explore the state. Come on down. We have great Republican Women’s groups. IMO Houston is a place to work and visit during the Rodeo. Otherwise no reason for its existence.
Was based at NAS Corpus Christi in Navy flight training. HOT, and that was March - June. It is blazing hot in most of TX March - October, although most buildings are air-conditioned. Also very scrubby and sandy. People very friendly, sort of the anti-New York. A big change from NY. Hope this helps.
How far is the travel to the Houston Medical Center from it's suburbs? Any idea?
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, first elected in 1995
For me, that tells the tale of what I’ve watched happen to Houston. It’s probably more “red” than where you are now, but it’s not what most people think of (politically speaking) when they think of Texas.
My brother lives in South Carolina. Grits work great on clearing out the fire ants there. Do they work on red ants in Texas?
Just a couple of things. Your sister probably won’t make what she makes in NY. We know several nurses from NYC and if they’re to believed, what they made in NY is simply astounding compared to what they make in Texas. Then again so is what they paid to live, so it balances out.
Second, the concept of suburbs is vastly different in Texas than it is in NY. In my immediate area, we consider Garland, Plano, Richardson, and Addison suburbs, but they’re part of the contiguous, Dallas urban landscape. Plano for example would be analogous to one of the Burroughs in NY, not a suburb.
Also note, that Texas is massive. If you’re in Amarillo, you’re closer to the capital of 5 other states than you are to the capital in Austin, and we’re not talking about 5 tiny North Eastern states.
Also note that unlike the NE, once you leave the cities in Texas, things get very rural, very quick. I just can’t emphasize enough that you won’t find the same urban/suburban paradigm as it exists in NY. We use the same words, but the lifestyles are not similar.
RN salaries can drop by as much as half outside of the urban landscape. Yep, you read that correctly, by as much as half.
As another poster pointed out about the Houston area, the suburbs are much nicer. Our daughter lives in Katy and loves it there. We live NW of Austin, and it is very conservative, unlike the rest of Travis county.
You may want to check out the Round Rock / Cedar Park areas as well. They have built several new medical centers and hospitals there recently. That area is much more conservative than Austin or Houston.
Yes it hot and dry this year, but I have only seen one mosquito the past several months.
Areas close to downtown are pretty blue; the rest is red. Check out the map of congressional districts in the area and you can get a better idea. Stay wel away from Shiela Jackson Lee’s district.
No matter which part of Texas you call your new home, make bloody sure you have a vehicle with a GOOD air conditioner and the HVAC unit in your house is fully functional. This is not only for your comfort, but a malfunctioning HVAC unit can bankrupt you with sky high monthly electric bills.
Your eloquent opinions aside, this is Texas, and yes Spanish is necessary here. However, all the hospitals here offer courses in medical Spanish for their employees.
Where do you live? Is it suburban, is it red? Such a gigantic move means my sister and i HAVE to find the right place to move to.
As I have stated, she had a friend who can get me a great job in the oil industry, and she as an RN could also find a great job.
But it all seems to “hover” around Houston. I wouldn't mind a “drive”, even with ice and snow (heck, I'm used to it here in NY, probably the only one who would show up for work!).
It's just very scary to move from “home” to a place that is completely different. However, we feel we have no choice.
The fact that TX is calling my sister consistently to work there, and TX is something we have comteplated, AND her friend can get me a great job in the oil industry is TOO much of a coincidence for me.
FYI: Wichita Falls, approx 140 miles from DFW, is currently reporting 106 at 2pm, CDT.
Just so you know what you are up against weatherwise.
Where from in the Pacific NW? I moved from the Portland/Vancouver area three years ago.
Where from in the Pacific NW? I moved from the Portland/Vancouver area three years ago.
I moved to Baytown three years ago. Channelview is a hell hole.
In the Houston area, you might go decades without ever seeing snow. You only think you’ve seen hot in Long Island. When it snowed in 2009, it was a landmark because it was the first time ever that snow was recorded two years in a row.
No one is ever prepared for the heat in Texas. I’m from Colorado, and when I moved here in ‘94, none of our cars had AC. It’s an unnecessary option in CO. Not so much here.
I need to find a job as well. Both my sister and I need to move to another state where we have a job waiting for us.
We have both been supporting ourselves since our teens. Even if she found a job and could support me until I found one to support myself is unthinkable.
I know we need to spend money to travel to a place to move to. Unfortunately, like a lot of us, we live pay check to pay check.
Where? Is it the suburbs? We won’t mind traveling to and from our jobs as long as our area is Red.
As I have stated.....WE DO NOT WANT TO MOVE TO ANOTHER NY!!!
Houston is the 4th largest city in the country so it is very urban. Suburbs to the North are not bad look at the Woodlands or possibly Conroe. The metro area of Houston is very liberal but suburbs are conservative. I lived in Houston but hated the weather. Very humid think New Orleans or Miami.
I would consider looking at Austin or San Antonio. Both metro areas are yes liberal but both cities have a great quality of life. Willamson County to the North and Hays County to the South of Austin are very conservative and have plenty of JOBS. Don’t expect 3 seasons in any part of Texas South of Waco. We have two seasons here Hot & Dry and Hot & Wet.
Do you now how far it is from Houston? I don't exactly know if my job would be in Houston, so I'm just asking.
As I have stated, I know NOTHING about TX....but something is drawing us to it.
I lived in San Antonio for 7 years and loved it, but missed living the small town life. Have family who lived in Austin and loved it. They now live in Keller, Tarrant County, and are happy there as well.
Hot and humid? Mostly. Hurricanes? No.
200 miles from San Antonio to Houston. This is what I was trying to tell you earlier. You aren’t going to be able to live in one city and commute to another. If you’re going to work in Houston, you’re going to have to live in someplace like Kingwood, The Woodlands, Katy, or other places you’ve probably never heard of outside of Texas. It’s a grind to commute from Ft. Worth to Dallas. You can forget about driving from one major city to the next on a daily basis.
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