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Question by Hershee-Girl: Houston, TX, Austin, TX or Charlotte, NC?
I’m a single 27 year old african-american female. I currently live near Greensboro, NC now and I’m planning to move this January. I’ve always wanted to move out of state but I can’t really decide where to go. I’ve narrowed it down to Texas. Either Houston or Austin. Also, if I stay instate I would move to Charlotte. I want to hear from people who live in these areas.

1. What do you like or dislike about the cities?
2. How are jobs there? (I’m CNA certified and will probably be certified as a pharmacy tech before I leave)
3. How is public transportation? I have a car but I would like to know about other means of transportation.
4. How is traffic?
5. How is nightlife. I’m not big on clubs but I like bars and lounges.
6. The people there. Are they nice? Easy to get to along with.
7. Crime?
8. Affordable. Like I said I am single and will be moving by myself.
9. Weather

Anything else you would like to throw in about these areas would be appreciate. Just trying to make an informed decision. Thanks in advance.

Best answer:

Answer by txmantyf
I live in Austin, moved here from Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. I also spend time in Houston on occasion. In my opinion, Austin is the best choice. That’s why I came here. It is a very free spirited place. It is jam packed with beautiful places and equally beautiful people. There is always something to do. There is one thing I do like more about Houston, and that is that it has much more cultural diversity. Lots of Indians, Asians and Middle Eastern people, which is great if you like culturally diverse food options. Other than that, there is no place else in Texas that I would want to live, and few places in the country I would include at the top of the list, alongside Austin, of places to live.

1. What do you like or dislike about the cities?
Austin: list is too long to get into, but the open minded, free-spirited nature of the place is a wonderful defining quality. Houston: Good food, culturally diverse, but traffic is terrible, and I’m uncomfortable just walking around out there.
2. How are jobs there? (I’m CNA certified and will probably be certified as a pharmacy tech before I leave) Jobs are decent, but I don’t know the exact numbers.
3. How is public transportation? I have a car but I would like to know about other means of transportation.
I sold my truck after moving here because the public transportation was so good that I never needed the truck anymore.
4. How is traffic?
Austin: People complain about it a lot, but Raleigh was far far worse. Austin traffic is actually pretty good considering the size of the city and the events and travelers we get. Houston’s traffic has so far been some of te worse I’ve experienced, comparable to L.A.’s traffic.
5. How is nightlife. I’m not big on clubs but I like bars and lounges.
Most people in Austin talk about 6th street as a center for the nightlife, but that’s more for tourists, juvenile military personnel, and drunk college kids. There is something going on every night somewhere in town though.
6. The people there. Are they nice? Easy to get to along with.
Austin is the only place I know of where you can meet someone on the street, or at a park, have a conversation with them, and by the end of the conversation be able to tell that person you love them.
7. Crime?
The only crime I ever witness is behind closed doors at the courthouse or exhibited by the police themselves. The judicial system here is a little screwed up, but usually not really a problem for the people living here.
8. Affordable. Like I said I am single and will be moving by myself.
Other than traffic, people also complain about the cost of living here, again, not in my experience. Raleigh/Durham was far more expensive to live than anyplace I’ve lived here.
9. Weather
Perfect.

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3 thoughts on “Houston, TX, Austin, TX or Charlotte, NC?

  1. the_kid_doesnt_care says:

    Coming from Greensboro you may very well like Charlotte or Austin much better than Houston since they’re closer to what you will are used to. But as for Houston in regards to your questions

    1.I love Houston since its my hometown but it is very hot 3 seasons out of the year, the traffic is terrible, and it is a huge commuter city.Everything is spread out and public transportation sucks.

    2.Many national publications say Houston has one of the best job markets but it depends on the occupation. There are lots of opportunities for CNA’s and pharmacy techs since we have the biggest medical center in the world and its still growing.

    3.As I stated earlier public transportation sucks but if you are going to be working in or around the medical center or downtown the bus or train are your best bets. Driving and parking would be a nightmare.

    4.See above answers

    5.The nightlife pretty much varies depending on what you like. There is a little bit of something for everyone

    6.Houstonians can be friendly, the can be rude. It just depends

    7.Crime is pretty high depending on the area but it is everywhere. dont let someone tell you their area has no crime because that would be a lie. some areas just have more crime than others

    8.Housing can be affordable depending on your taste and the area you are looking into. You could find a one bedroom for as low as $ 400-$ 500 a month but you may have to compromise in other areas or you could find a more expensive places which still may have issues.

    9.Its hot most of the time

    So it boils down to an individual decision but i would suggest you look for employment before you move to any of these cities. good luck

  2. ElenaM says:

    Houston,TX!! why? Because I’m from here and I’ve been to Austin and its not as I was hoping it would be.

    1. What I dislike about my city is probably the humidity we have during the summer….it’s insanely hot and sticky.

    2. Don’t worry about not finding a job because you will!

    3.We have the metro bus system,rail system in downtown,taxi, but we mainly use cars here.

    4.Traffic can be crazy,although I’ve been to NYC so I realize its worse in other parts of the country.

    5. Midtown has a really good nightlife,although theres good bars and lounges throughout the city.

    6. I’de say we’re friendly, most men have chivalry but I think there’s jerks throughout the world with whom you will encounter.

    7. There is crime everywhere you go. But if you want to live in a safe part of Houston I’de say, Memorial,Midtown,Eldridge, are pretty good areas.

    8. Like the saying goes “you get what you pay for”. For a person who is single I think Eldridge or Memorial are good place for you. As well around certain parts in Westheimer.

    9. Summer is hot and humid since we are close to the Gulf of Mexico, also we get hurricanes although none have been that bad unless the person lives in Galveston. Falls starts around October but our weather can be bipolar. Winters are cold and sometimes it’ll snow. Spring feels good.

  3. Andrew says:

    Houston sucks!!! People are horrible, drivers are the second WORST in the country after Miami, traffic is horrendous, only positive aspects are: job market is great pretty much in any field and cost of living is low compared to other cities. We moved here from Charlotte for better job opportunities and I regret it everyday! I’d rather be homeless in Charlotte than stay here any longer, thats why we’re moving back this week, six months of this awfulness was more than enough. Schools are a shame, to be an honor student here all you need is an average of 75, you read it right, 75!! WTF?!?, (at least in middle school) and to be in honor classes, you have to pay ($ 250-$ 290) to attend summer school for advanced placement, even if your avg. is 99%. I feel my kids have gone backwards 2 years, level of education is very poor, no wonder a lot of their schools are “exemplary”, not hard at all to be an exemplary student when you are 2 years behind the rest of the country and all you need is a 75 to be an honor student!
    Can’t say anything about Austin, I’ve only been there for a weekend, but I’ve heard it has the best job market in the whole country right now, but cost of living is relatively high.
    Charlotte for me is the ideal place! People are nice, cost of living is very reasonable, traffic is not too bad, the only downside right now is the lack of jobs. As far as nightlife, it’s all concentrated in one area (Epicentre/Downtown) in Houston it’s spread out all over, I’ve never seen so many bars, dance clubs or restaurants in any other city, not even NY.

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