Please share your Pros and Cons of moving to Texas?
My husband and I are considering moving to Texas in a couple of years. We live in Washington state right now and the winters are getting old. We are looking for better weather and a safe environment to raise our daughter. If you know much about Texas - please share. Thank you
Dallas, lots of traffic. In any large city, there are crazy people. In the way country, you will have to look out for animals but that's anywhere. My family lived in Houston for 7 years. My hubby and I decided to remain here since we like it. Just go a little north and it gets cold enough for snow in the winter, but during the summer the heat is rediculous. The best of both worlds. But Galveston is no freaking beach. After living in Florida for 11 years, I went to that "beach" where the sand is grey and the water is brown. UGH!
Thank you iburmaster, lots to consider, We have family in Fort Worth so we were thinking maybe the suburbs of that area. We have had terrible winters the last 3 out of 4 and after 30 years here we thought it was time to consider something new.
Instead of terrible winters, you will have to worry about the summers.
Yes - now we have to decide which we can deal with the best........ ;-)
I'm on the flip side of the question: I've been in Texas most of my 60+, Annie has been here 17 years and the heat is driving us back to the Pacific Northwest.
Unless you're prepared for hellish heat PLUS humidity, stay off the Gulf Coast.
Stay away from Houston PERIOD. Dallas is almost as bad. Traffic is insane.
Texas is a RED state poitically. If you tend toward progressive liberalism, look at the Hill Country, LBJ's old stomping grounds. If you must have a big city, go with Austin.
Thank you Jim, I am concerned about "hellish heat" I wonder if there is any place in Texas with livable temperatures? 80-90 is fine by me but 95-100+ I don't know how fun that would be. RED states suit me just fine so that will be a plus for us.
I lived near Lubbock, for a little while. Property taxes seemed low, unemployment was low also and the people were really nice, at least all of the ones I met were. My only issue with living in that area was that the terrain is so flat and there aren't many trees. It did get very hot there, but the humidity was low because we weren't near water. Most of the few months I was there (late summer through January) were very sunny and warm, and it didn't really get cold until about November. (Cold for me means I have to put socks on!) There can be very bad dust storms there, however.
I live in San Antonio, but I have family in Dallas Metro. It seems like you'd be happy in the suburbs of Fort Worth. I think it is much more laid-back than Dallas and has a 'big small town' feel to it. Texas is not likely going to be a red state much longer, but Fort Worth will be for the foreseeable future.
While you will have weeks or even months of 95+ degree weather, you won't have to endure it personally. Air conditioning is everywhere, unlike up north where you might or might not find a house or car that comes with air conditioning.
Also, Oklahoma might be worth a look, especially Norman (just outside of OKC). I have family in Tulsa, and they love it there.
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