Looking to move to Austin, TX - Info needed.

  • He_Man

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    Sep 21, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    I'm looking to move to Austin, Texas, and want to know if any of you, especially those who live there, know about the job market, housing, etc.

    Do you, or anyone you many know, know of anyone needing a roommate or have affordable studios or 1 bedrooms for rent? Also, how's the job market? I've been in retail management, bartending, bar back and now a server.

    One of my best friends moved there years ago, and she is looking for jobs and a place for me, but I though I would see if any RealJockers may know of anything.

    Thanks, guys. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 21, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    Austin is a great city. The job market is better than most of the U.S but not as good as Houston or Dallas. It is probably the most expensive city in Texas to live in but still cheaper than most big cities. Make sure you bring your patience, traffic sucks.
  • He_Man

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    Sep 21, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    msuNtx saidAustin is a great city. The job market is better than most of the U.S but not as good as Houston or Dallas. It is probably the most expensive city in Texas to live in but still cheaper than most big cities. Make sure you bring your patience, traffic sucks.


    Thanks. I live in South Florida, so I know about bad traffic. We have some of the rudest and most aggressive drivers in the country, so it can't be that bad. Again, South Florida is very expensive, especially compared to the amount one makes to live here, so Austin should be a nice change. I mean rent here for a one bedroom can be as much as $1200.00 a month but you only make $8.00 to $10.00 an hour for most jobs down here, even with a college degree. This is one of the reasons why I want to leave Florida. icon_cry.gif
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    Sep 21, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    Apply at the bars. Lordy, you'll be snatched up right away.

    I don't have any one-bedroom apartments, but I can suggest some parts of town you will want to check out.
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    Sep 21, 2012 11:51 AM GMT
    probably one of the better texas cities to move to for stuff to do.




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  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 21, 2012 12:30 PM GMT
    Probably just reinforcing some of what already has been written, but I've only heard good things about Austin. Friendly, warm, great weather.. good opportunities and some great areas to live. Definitely a place I'd enjoy visiting before long!

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    Sep 21, 2012 1:07 PM GMT
    You can't go wrong with moving to Texas, period. You know what the state bird of Texas is? The Construction Crane. Cranes are EVERYWHERE in Houston. Same can be said for Dallas and Austin. Jobs are everywhere. The good times have set up shop in Texas. Say what you want about the state, but it's a cheap cost of living, warm (most of the time), no state income tax, high wages and good food. Welcome to Texas, Ya'll.
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    Sep 21, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    hou2jax saidYou can't go wrong with moving to Texas, period. You know what the state bird of Texas is? The Construction Crane. Cranes are EVERYWHERE in Houston. Same can be said for Dallas and Austin. Jobs are everywhere. The good times have set up shop in Texas. Say what you want about the state, but it's a cheap cost of living, warm (most of the time), no state income tax, high wages and good food. Welcome to Texas, Ya'll.


    Ummm the Mocking Bird is the state bird. Sorry to burst your bubble.
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    Sep 21, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    msuNtx said
    hou2jax saidYou can't go wrong with moving to Texas, period. You know what the state bird of Texas is? The Construction Crane. Cranes are EVERYWHERE in Houston. Same can be said for Dallas and Austin. Jobs are everywhere. The good times have set up shop in Texas. Say what you want about the state, but it's a cheap cost of living, warm (most of the time), no state income tax, high wages and good food. Welcome to Texas, Ya'll.


    Ummm the Mocking Bird is the state bird. Sorry to burst your bubble.


    Damn and here I thought it was the mosquito.

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    Sep 21, 2012 1:19 PM GMT
    msuNtx said
    hou2jax saidYou can't go wrong with moving to Texas, period. You know what the state bird of Texas is? The Construction Crane. Cranes are EVERYWHERE in Houston. Same can be said for Dallas and Austin. Jobs are everywhere. The good times have set up shop in Texas. Say what you want about the state, but it's a cheap cost of living, warm (most of the time), no state income tax, high wages and good food. Welcome to Texas, Ya'll.


    Ummm the Mocking Bird is the state bird. Sorry to burst your bubble.


    it was a joke. Get it...CONSTRUCTION crane...the big yellow thingy's that they build big buildings with.....no? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 21, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    hou2jax said
    msuNtx said
    hou2jax saidYou can't go wrong with moving to Texas, period. You know what the state bird of Texas is? The Construction Crane. Cranes are EVERYWHERE in Houston. Same can be said for Dallas and Austin. Jobs are everywhere. The good times have set up shop in Texas. Say what you want about the state, but it's a cheap cost of living, warm (most of the time), no state income tax, high wages and good food. Welcome to Texas, Ya'll.


    Ummm the Mocking Bird is the state bird. Sorry to burst your bubble.


    it was a joke. Get it...CONSTRUCTION crane...the big yellow thingy's that they build big buildings with.....no? icon_rolleyes.gif


    Nope.
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    Sep 21, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    Dense.
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    Sep 21, 2012 2:03 PM GMT
    Retail, bartending, bar backing, and serving pay GREAT down here.

    But this area is the exception...not the rule. You're gonna go broke doing that type of work anywhere else.
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    Sep 21, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    You will be the king of OCH and Rain in no time!!!
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    Sep 21, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
    There are a lot of great options for yoga studios here as well...
  • calibro

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    Sep 21, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    jimmy johns on congress always seems to be hiring
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    Sep 22, 2012 7:29 AM GMT
    Bring a flame thrower too. They got some big scary insects over there. icon_lol.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 22, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    Logan_McQ saidI'm looking to move to Austin, Texas, and want to know if any of you, especially those who live there, know about the job market, housing, etc.

    Do you, or anyone you many know, know of anyone needing a roommate or have affordable studios or 1 bedrooms for rent? Also, how's the job market? I've been in retail management, bartending, bar back and now a server.

    One of my best friends moved there years ago, and she is looking for jobs and a place for me, but I though I would see if any RealJockers may know of anything.

    Thanks, guys. icon_biggrin.gif
    Austin is a horribly overrated and overpriced city that is growing way too fast for its own good. If I were you, I would avoid Austin completely because it is not all what it is cracked up to be. Trust me, I lived there for almost ten years. Not only was Austin horribly expensive it was also a very arrogant and rude city. Anyplace else in Texas is great, but stay out of Austin. If you want big city diversity and excitement, there is Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. Those are the cities you should consider moving to instead of Austin.
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    Sep 22, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
    Saw this earlier today. Sounds like Austin has some good things going for it.



    http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/19610024/austin-lgbt-police-officers-to-release-it-gets-better-video
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 22, 2012 7:39 PM GMT
    jason_811 saidSaw this earlier today. Sounds like Austin has some good things going for it.



    http://www.myfoxaustin.com/story/19610024/austin-lgbt-police-officers-to-release-it-gets-better-video
    It must mean an increasing crime rate for Austin which means more jobs for more cops.
  • austex85

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    Sep 22, 2012 7:44 PM GMT
    job market in austin is pretty atrocious. it's such a destination point for so many people, and the city simply can't handle it.
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    Sep 22, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    Austin is great! Have family in that area, also in San Marcos. If you are looking for a home out there I could provide you the contact info of a great realtor down there. And yes I-35 sucks! So be ready to spend some quality time in your car.:-P
    Good luck if you decide to move to ATX!
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    Sep 22, 2012 8:33 PM GMT
    calibro saidjimmy johns on congress always seems to be hiring



    So true!! Haha
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    Sep 23, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    Austin is terrible. Everyone smells. Housing is at 97% capacity and prices are shooting sky high. So many weirdos. I hear Dallas is great, you should move there...




    PS I love it here icon_smile.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 29, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    MuscleBear said
    msuNtx saidAustin is a great city. The job market is better than most of the U.S but not as good as Houston or Dallas. It is probably the most expensive city in Texas to live in but still cheaper than most big cities. Make sure you bring your patience, traffic sucks.


    Thanks. I live in South Florida, so I know about bad traffic. We have some of the rudest and most aggressive drivers in the country, so it can't be that bad. Again, South Florida is very expensive, especially compared to the amount one makes to live here, so Austin should be a nice change. I mean rent here for a one bedroom can be as much as $1200.00 a month but you only make $8.00 to $10.00 an hour for most jobs down here, even with a college degree. This is one of the reasons why I want to leave Florida. icon_cry.gif
    I hate to break your heart, but the wage scale in Texas isn't a whole hell of a lot better than Florida. As for rude, aggressive drivers Austin is among the worst cities. There is very little traffic law enforcement and most Austinites are lousy drivers who fly down the roads at a very high rate of speed except during rush hour when it is third world traffic congestion and horrendous backups. The job market might be very strong in Texas but the wages for the most part are not all that great. Housing costs are quite high as well. I would seriously reconsider a move to Austin if I were you.