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There are a lot of places to go hiking in and around the city (at least in the fall and spring time).
The people are extremely accepting of people regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
The pay in Austin hasn't caught up with the rising cost of living, so we are making less money, but living more cheaply. As I age, my income level will not allow me to age in the place that shaped and molded who I am and my world view. I was also able to take advantage of employment opportunities that weren't available to me in the Bay Area. The people of Boise are staunch conservatives with no education and completely judgmental.
The affordable housing, the laid-back lifestyle, the Tex Mex – all the stereotypes of Southern living have captured his imagination, he says.
The 28-year-old product designer has lived in the Bay Area for 10 years now, and he’s ready for life away from tech and taxes.
Texas has room to spread cities, essentially forever, so while one would think there'd already be high speed rail to San Antonio, an hour away, or subway in any of the cities, Texas builds freeways while the cities and developers shun parking. We are able to buy a nice home with some property, something we couldn't buy in the Bay Area despite my wife and I making 20 to 30 percent more than average families on the Peninsula. I always made decent money and lived comfortably in the East Bay. Price played a huge part, I wanted to be able to live comfortably in a city and housing costs in the Bay Area made that impossible, especially at my age.
We get to live in a very family-oriented town within 15 miles of downtown ATX. I've mostly lived paycheck-to-paycheck in Austin, but now I own my own business and that should change soon. We are homeowners after being lifelong renters, which is exciting. Growing up in the Bay Area, I watched a lot of the personality of the area disappear as tech took over.