lol you live in Canada? Texas will be a shock… it is VERY HOT in the summer. VERY HOT. I am a native Texan, so I love that feel like my face is going to melt off, when you can cook on the hood of your car, but my family from Pennsylvania haaaaaaaates it. Whereas I hate anything colder than 80F. It’s like 70 today and I am all bundled up. Blech. Can’t wait until summer.
I live in Dallas and it’s my favorite. Dallas people have the stereotype of being snobby, which I guess is sometimes true, but it really depends in what part of the city you live and whom you associate with (just like anywhere). We have a great arts district now, a ton of good restaurants, and awesome shopping.
I also really like San Antonio and would recommend it. If you don’t mind the fact that there’s no #9$&ing parking anywhere, Austin is fine. I personally don’t like Austin, but a ton of my friends live there and I work in politics so I end up going there a lot, and while I would never live there I don’t dislike it so much that I don’t visit every other month. I strongly dislike Houston and Amarillo. Mainly I dislike Houston because it’s so friggin humid in the summer that I feel like I’m drowning in the air. And Amarillo is more conservative and just has a hick small town feel.
As long as you settle in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, or Houston, the majority of the populace will be liberal. Well, Texas liberal, which is probably Canadian conservative, but still. Houston is the most recent liberal convert so fewer of their upper-middle class white people will be liberal, and since there are a lot of oil people it kind of has the stereotype of being racist (which is the reason a lot of my friends who have lived there have moved away – even though they are white it was so miserable they couldn’t handle it) BUT that doesn’t apply so much if you’re not working in the oil/tech industries. Most suburbs of these cities will be conservative, though not all. In Dallas, the northern suburbs are conservative, the southern ones liberal, and the east/west ones teetering on the brink. DO NOT live out in the country though… it’s scary out there, definitely the “guns and god” stereotypes. But around major metropolitan centers you’ll be fine.
I would not consider Dallas as conservative as the poster above indicates. I am an atheist Democrat (and I’m professionally democratic since I work in politics, lol), and I’ve encountered no problems. I am very open about both being atheist and being liberal. I went to both a public school and religious school and we learned about evolution in both. Re: diversity, it depends on what part of the city you are in. If you settle in suburbs or any mainly upper-middle class neighborhood, yes, diversity will be lacking, but it would be that way almost anywhere in the US. It also depends on whether or not you consider hispanics as diverse or not diverse enough – we live in an upper-middle class neighborhood with many whites and hispanics and just some asians. The middle easterners tend to congregate in suburbs. African americans tend to live away from large concentrations of white people. But at any restaurant, store, movie theater, workplace, etc, you’ll encounter a wide mix of people, and unless you specifically choose people of only your race to be your friends, you’ll have a diverse friend group.