(Closed) For all you TEXAN bees!!!

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Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I live in Houston, and there are things that I love and hate about the city.

Pros:

  • It’s very diverse. I’m Asian-American, and I have never felt out of place. Granted there are certain areas of Houston that are more homogenous than others. Overall though, it’s pretty much a melting pot.
  • There are always things to do especially outdoors. There are museums, art galleries, parks, plays, etc.
  • It has a pretty bustling food scene.
  • Many job opportunities especially in the oil and gas fields. 

Cons:

  • It’s the largest city in Texas, and traffic is a bi*ch! I deliberately rearrange my work schedule to avoid the gridlock that happens 3 times every day.
  • It’s not only hot here. It’s ridiculously humid. The heat literally sticks to you. My DH who is from Phoenix where temps get to 115 degrees can’t even stand it here. Granted, it is dry heat in Phoenix though.
  • It’s one of the most conservative places I’ve ever lived. Sometimes this bothers me but people have been pretty polite for the most part. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

It’s 70 degrees F in Houston right now! I think Texas is a great place to live. It has its flaws – don’t even get me started on the Texas government, but overall I’ve found it to be full of surprises. It’s hot as hell but everyone has air conditioning. It’s not TOO diverse, but more than people give it credit for. Here in Houston, we have people from all walks of life, but don’t take my word for it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston#Demographics

We have a HUGE medical center and oil industry that keeps us rolling in jobs and a Museum District and Theatre District so there’s plenty of culture, too. My Fiance works in an office full of ExPats, so don’t think you’ll get the “foreigner” treatment, either. PM me if you want to talk about specifics.

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Catholic Church and Lord Hill Farms

I just moved to Texas from Seattle last August to be closer to my Fiance and because I was accepted into nursing school down there. I dont know where in Canada you are but it is very different culturally then where I was from. Not all bad and not all good. I live in Tyler, TX which is halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, LA. Everyone is very friendly, many are super gung-ho conservatives and love their guns, pretty religious and very very patriotic. I hate that to go anywhere you have to drive like 45 minutes to  just get one town over. The weather is kinda crazy too. Austin is from what ive heard the odd part out of Texas. There are even shirts people wear that say “Keep Austin Weird” or “Keep Austin Strange” that is the least Conservative/ more democratic place in TX. When I moved in August it was SUPER HOT! People here bundle in coats at 70 degrees which for me is very pleasant. Then when it gets 100 they are like “This aint hot at all!” and Im dying of heat stroke. 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

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@Little_Miss_Giggles:  houston Is amazing!! 

 

OP I have family in Plano and it’s fairly close to Dallas/Fortworth airport. Big Plus 🙂 It’s very beautiful and they are really developing the area with great (affordable) neighborhoods.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have lived in San Antonio for 3 years now. I loved it when I first got here, but I am ready to go now. Overall it’s pretty friendly, cost of living is not bad, and you can usually find something to do. 

However, it is hot most of the year, and while many people here will say most of the schools are good and the city is very diverse I’m going to have to disagree. Don’t take my word for it though just do a quick search for the demographics and dropout rates. Overall I think San Antonio is a great place to visit, but I don’t want to settle down here. 

I’ve heard mixed reviews on the other major cities, I think it really depends on what you’re looking for personally. The happiest seem to be in Austin and Houston, Dallas if you have money. 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve lived in Central Texas in a medium-sized town all of my life. Austin is an hour drive, and Dallas takes about 2 hours to get to. My husband and I love to visit Austin – lots of culture, outdoor activities, live music (SO much live music), great restaurants, and more are available in Austin. It is also, easily, the most liberal city in Texas.

I have family in Dallas, which we visit 3-4 times a year. If I could move to Dallas, I would (maybe not Dallas proper, but one of the suburbs – they’re all on top of each other anyway). I envy my brother and his family for all of the great resources they have in raising their kids (cultural activities, etc). 

My town is a happy, nice place. Cost of living is ranked as one of the lowest in the nation, and it’s not because our population doesn’t have money. I’ve worked in customer service since I was a teenager and although almost *everyone* in this town is conservative, they are, for the most part, very sweet, giving people. People are polite in an outgoing way here, helping strangers and waiving to anyone who drives by them when they are out for a walk. 

Overall, I love Texas. Even if I leave my small town, I’m not leaving this state!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@crayfish: Thank you! I thought I was the only one. I was raised in N Dallas and once I left Texas in 2004 I have never looked back!!! Even my family still living there is not reason enough for me to consider moving back to that state.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve lived in Dallas for almost two years (originally from Southern California, but I’ve bounced around a lot of the intermountain states).  Fiance is from Houston, an Aggie, and loves Texas dearly, but to be honest I hate it here (he knows it too).  Each of the major cities seem to have their own personality and subculture; Dallas’ is particularly icky.

The drivers are some of the most oblivious, self-important nutters on the road.  Yesterday afternoon on my way home from work one asshat in a brand new pickup truck decided that he was going to try to pass me on the right at the merge point of the on ramp we were on.  This was a one-lane on ramp! I’m lucky if I don’t have some sort of near-accident experience during my commute, and I’m not a crazy aggressive driver.

Healthcare is awful here.  It’s very difficult to find good doctors and dentists.  The dentists are especially drill-and-drug happy.

American football is king here.  They spend millions of dollars on high school stadiums.  If only they could spend that much money on improving healthcare, or education.

I wish that I could enjoy living here, and I’ve put a lot of effort into that, but I would love to move back to California or have Fiance and I find a different city we could both be happy in to move to.  I met Fiance here, so I suppose my experience hasn’t been *all* bad, but he’s familiar with my distaste for the state and knows that it’s not a reflection on him.

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@crayfish:  This is my experience also.

You want to read some statistics that will scare the poop right out of you?

Legislative Study Group – Texas on the Brink

Here are some statistics regarding how Texas ranks against the rest of the United States in that report:

Dead last in the United States for percentage of population graduated from high school

48th for per capita state spending on arts agencies

47th for average SAT combined scores

2nd highest percent of children with no health insurance

Highest percentage of people with no health insurance

Lowest per capita state spending on mental health

Third highest percentage of population with food insecurity

Second lowest percent of women receiving prenatal care during their first trimester

47th for women’s voter registration

Highest amount of carbon emissions

Highest amount of hazardous waste generated

Ranks fifth in amount of recognized carcinogens released into water

Ranks second in property crime rate

Dead last in voting-age population that actually votes

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@raisedonrobbery:  I moved to Texas 9 years ago and I haven’t looked back! I moved here sight unseen and the day I steppd foot in Texas I became a Texan. I have lived in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. All 3 cities offer a different experience and they all have their pros and cons, but in each, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

I love the state pride that everyone has in Texas and how diverse it is. In some cities, you may not see the diversity as much, but in a city like Houston where there is no zoning and a booming economy you definitely experience it more. There is a ton to do in all of the big cities and plenty of places to drive through to get away. The weather is great if you like the heat! From arts to sports to music, there is something for everyone!

The economy is excellent in Houston and there is no shortage of jobs. The con to this is that the housing market is booming and it is very difficult to find a house. In March, 188 houses for sale had offers above asking price on the first day they were listed. Very crazy if you want to buy a home here.

PM me if you want more info on any of the cities!

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve only lived in Texas for about a year, but I think I can offer an different perspective. I lived farther north (though not as north as Canada) and one of the hardest things for me to adjust to here was the heat. I obviously do not handle it well at all. I don’t sweat right, so I get overheated and sick. Last summer was the worst. 

Also, this is very much because of where I live (a small town about an hour away from Dallas), but there are some incredibly rascist/judgemental people here. Granted there are some lovely people here as well, but never in my life have I heard so many hateful things. I’m white and Fiance  is Puetro Rican. People have made comments and stare when we go out. 

It’s not all bad. I’ve had some of the best food living here. As lots of bees have said before me, there are some really good things about it too. My advice is to stay in the cities. The big cities are where I’ve encountered the nicest and most open minded people.

It’s definitly an interesting expierence!  

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