Skip to comments.Prospecting: TEXAS or BUST
Posted on 07/12/2012 8:16:20 PM PDT by This Just In
This last year has lead me to seriously consider relocating our family to another state. A state whose public representatives hold a healthy respect and regard for our Constitution. A state which welcomes entrepreneurs, small and big business, and industry. A state in which citizens-generally-don't apologizes for being Americans.
I had considered Wyoming within the past few months, but Texas has always sat in my periphery. And now the Lone Star state sits front and center.
We currently reside in a state in which our representatives actively engages in legal plunder of our tax dollars, despises the Constitution, and is enamored with dictators and tyrants.
I am seeking any information concerning conservative areas, cities, and counties in the great state of Texas. The Hill Country looks appealing. Your comments and recommendations are deeply appreciated.
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I moved to Texas last October after living my whole life in So. California.
I could not be happier. The weather is a bit more extreme but it is tolerable.
The people are great, the housing prices are amazing, the unemployment is low, no income taxes, reasonable property taxes, CONSERVATIVES all around.
What’s not to like?
I settled in North Irving because I wanted to be near the airport since I travel 40+ weeks a year.
If you want to feel hot as an oven six months of the year, come to Texas. If you want to freeze six months of the year, go to Wyoming. Alaska is also a good choice if you don’t mind extreme weather.
Don’t know where you are now, but you really should visit Texas in August before you make up your mind.
We’ve actually got plenty of conservatives here, getting a little too full of people for my taste. We’ll treat you well and welcome you as a brother, but you might serve your country better to fight the good fight where you are.
Keep in mind that Austin is the liberal encampment in Texas...
We moved from California to Texas in 2004. Not regretting it one bit!!!!
“We currently reside in a state in which our representatives actively engages in legal plunder of our tax dollars, despises the Constitution, and is enamored with dictators and tyrants.”
What do you want to know about Texas? (Also, ignore anything dragnet2 says about the place.)
We are looking at the Tyler area.
You should have just suggested he settle in the Panhandle.
That way he can freeze and swelter and get hailed on, sand-stormed, sleeted, snowed-in, and blown away by a tornado, probably all in a week’s time.
We don’t wish to “give up ground”, but the economy, regulations, and taxes has devastated our family. My inquiry is motivated by the desire to protect and provide for our family.
Then come on down. Those are indeed Texas values!
Houston has more opportunity than any other part of Texas - generally. Where you should look depends on the particulars of your career interests, etc. Texas, though, isn’t for sissies. The climate isn’t San Diego.
I’d like to see conservatives from other states move to Austin to make the place unbearable for the liberals there. Perhaps the liberals might decide to leave for SF or NYC.
Welcome to TEXAS! All are welcome here to visit, or legally reside.
If you drove from the Louisiana/Texas border to Los Angeles, when you get half way there, you would still be in Texas.
Take your time, visit, and enjoy.
Texas is really 5 distinct States, with The Hill Country being the center.
Contact on the web, or by snail mail the various State agencies for information. Texas has Welcome Buildings at its borders along Major Highways.
Property taxes are high, but no Corporate or income tax.
If you are not a fan of local high school football, then, well - - - I guess there are folks like that - - - ?
You guys are a hoot!
As mentioned, if I could get 10 million to move your way by morning, I’d do it....
Now, feel free to return to begging people to come to Texas.
Be my guest!
Texas is not where you were born but a State of Mind, Heart and Attitude. (from a native who had an ancestor who was born in TX during the Republic)
Lefties exist but are in isolated pockets, primarily near Austin. A few in Dallas & Houston. Most of the rest of the state is free of that disease.
This the Hill Country generally conservative in social/political landscape? What towns, cities, areas within the Hill Country would you recommend, if any?
To all Freepers: The climate in our current location is anything but mild. Extreme summers, extreme winters.
If you don't like the weather there, wait 15 minutes and it will change. hee hee hee
Great people for neighbors.
It depends on what type of work you do. Construction will be better in DFW and Houston areas. Hill country is liberal center of the TX universe. Cost of housing will have some consideration and then commuting. Got kids?
Key facts to remember.
School quality impacts housing values and marketability even if you don’t plan to use the schools. And in Texas, school district boundaries are independent of city boundaries, and may be independent of county lines as well. For example, the city of Dallas is split between the Dallas Schools (really bad, Richardson (good), Plano (better) and perhaps several others.
Decide if you want to be among country club republicans, tea party republicans, libertarians, or lefties. Houston has a lesbian mayor and Dallas county has a lesbian sheriff. And Austin is crawling with socialists and communists. San Antonio is under Mexican control, as is El Paso.
Don’t know where you are coming from, but 90 degrees can be pleasant, and 100 really isn’t too hot to work in the yard, but no one will think you a wimp if you want to stay in the air conditioning when it is 110.
The Hill Country contains the liberal center of Texas, Austin. However, many of the outlying areas are quite conservative. Others can and have commented on it above and elsewhere in more detail than I can provide. I chose not to live there when I moved here; I am in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and will comment on this area if requested.
achilles2000, when you say, “Austin....liberals...”, are you talking about Seattle, So.Cali., Oregon type of liberal? Are they that extreme?
Austin/Travis County is the most annoying liberal spot in the state, primarily because it collects politicians (state capital) and academic lefties (U of Texas).
That said, Austin is a lovely place with good folks, most of them way to the right of your current neighbors.
Outlying areas and smaller cities should be fine — I should think location would have more to do with where you work than how comparatively conservative the city is.
We sneer at Austin, but the truth is that there are few places in Texas where I would not live.
I’ve also looked at your location. Do you live in the metro area, or further out?
There are enough conservatives in Austin to keep it from being as bad, perhaps, as the places you mentioned (I am from Seattle, lived in the SF area, and have family in Oregon). Nevertheless, the University and government are malign influences. 50k more solid conservatives could change Austin forever ;-) There might even be enough now that if they organized and worked they could change a lot.
I live on the far west side of FTW. Great place.
As for the cities, they are all run by democrats, Houston has a gay woman mayor, 2/3 of dallas city council and 90 of county supervisors are democrats. Ft Worth is more conservative, but is a little more "good ol boy." Towns like Temple or Tyler are much more conservative, lower cost of living and generally fit some of your desires. The both have community colleges and enough entertainment you won't feel left in a wasteland. BTW if you want sports better stay closer to DFW or Houston - both with plenty of pro teams.
I live in the DFW Metroplex, but not in Dallas proper. I’m in one of the (many) suburbs just north of Dallas, though I can be across the Dallas city limit in about 90 seconds if I need to be.
I would also point out that our Dems and lefties (with the exception of the race baiters) differ from the average Dem/lefty elsewhere in some significant ways. They are definitely a different breed than the type found in California, Washington, Oregon, New York, etc. For one, no few of them will utterly reject anything resembling a gun control proposal. They’re odd ducks - which explains why they don’t have a lot of power with the rest of the Dems.
My hometown! You’ll love it here...we are like booming.it’s kinda weird,I can think of 10 new restaurants opened this past year. Very ConserVative and we have one of the best reps.Gohmert. wish he was speaker
I used to live in Oly. Lots of family remain throughout the state. Evergreen indeed, but the rainfall is too dreary for my soul, and the plains and eastern regions does not make up for state politics.
We’ve worked in the music industry for decades. Austin, as you can imagine, interested me. Naturally the liberal influence was a big, dark blemish. I’m hoping to visit the state, and perhaps some of the areas mentioned here on FR.
Your info.’s appreciated.
Our avg. summer temps hover at 105*. Our avg. winter temp. is about 25*. Considering the political landscape we’re facing, and have had to deal with, the trade-off would be worth it.
El Paso has some, but it is not like Austin.
I lived in Western NM for 14 years. There were genuine lefties there. A mine-union town was the education of this old West Texas Farm Boy. I did battle with the surrogates of the Sandanistas there during the 1980’s. Lived in a town were Dem to GOP was 5 to 1.
El Paso is not like that. Military element, old Hispanic families, many good business people. Yes, the border influence is a real negative.
Many families are married across the border. Most of those own property on both sides of the border.
Have read that about 1/3 of Juarez is unoccupied because of the drug violence. Probably true.
I’ve spent part of the day examining the map, and searching for info. Tyler’s now on my list. Thank you.
Forget the hill country around Austin. It’s the liberal enclave in Texas. Stay away from Houston for the same reason. It’s also extremely humid. Everywhere else is pretty conservative and nice to live in. I’ve lived in Texas four times in my life and enjoyed it. The state has no income taxes, great housing prices, and is very receptive to businesses.
I’ve also lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming for a year just before high school. Colder than snow cones in the freezer and the winds blow 50 mph average.
Also beware of Alaska. I hear it’s nice but it is in the top 10 states with the highest cost of living.
Northern Florida is nice. I live there now. No state income tax either.
I liked Arizona too. Went to school and lived there for 35 years. It’s a dry heat!
Dallas and Austin are the two big cities for media/music/movies, with Austin having the definitive lead in music. Dallas is more movies and media of all other types.
Tyler’s not a bad place, but it’s rather far out if you are in entertainment and you would be out of consideration for many media work opportunities because of that.
If you value authentic friendships and relationships that go beyond level 2 ... run like hell from Texas. People are materialistic, crave image,and have the personal relationships the depth of a thimble.
They regard business as outside the influence of morals or values. They will screw you, or anyone they call a friend, and say... “ Hey, its just business”
I find their constant desire to try to convince you that Texas is the best is as bizarre as Oz continue to work the machine long after the curtain was drawn back. The place is basically a wasteland. Hot in the summer , Freezing in the winter. Spend $400 and go in the summer. What you can’t breathe because of the humidity and heat? Yeah well that lasts for months. No you cant stay outside. You spend 100’s of dollars on electricity as air conditioning is as vital as water.
The only redeeming quality is the BBQ. Spiritually I find that it is expected that you go to church but not really have an authentic faith. Show up, pretend everything is fine in your life and treat your family like crap when no one is watching...
How is that for feedback on Texas... (Lived there for 4 years, traveled through out the state during that time)
Note: Texans that will scream and yell... do not bother. I have heard it all before. Texans reactions to criticism of their state is on the same level as criticizing Scientology. It is almost cult like the way they propagandize people that their state is important and has value. sick .
These experiences were true for me and many of the people that I know that have lived there. Texan accents on women is cute for about a minute and an half. On guys? Makes them sound like Idiots. That is why you will not hear the news anchors having Texas accents. People laugh when they hear it.
Lol, I'm in TX, and we do say border, not State Line, but I see you're in Norway, and you're saying "border", too.
The Hill Country northwest of San Antonio..not Austin is very conservative..No jobs here, though..
San Antonio has jobs.
You’ll be quite welcome! Texas is all the things in your second sentence & more.
One of the best things is that just about any kind of climate you can imagine is here. lol And a combination of them in a short period of time, as someone has said already.
West Texas (excluding El Paso) is pretty conservative without all the wild-n-crazy of Houston & Dallas-Fort Worth. Also north of Austin, up 35; Temple & Waco. The Coastal Bend is more conservative in some spots, more liberal in others. The Hill Country is nice. The western parts of the HC seem more conservative to me (Kerrville, Junction, Medina & Bandera. Also Blanco)
If you don’t mind commuting a little bit, there are a lot of nice communities outside the larger cities (work in the city/ live in the country)
I’ve lived here all my life (50+ years) & the worst thing I can say about it is that it takes a loooong time to get to another state (or the coast) on vacation if you’re in the middle or in an opposite area. (Well, & we’ve got that “immigration” thing. Again, some areas are worse than others.)
Have you checked out the City Data & Topix forums under Texas? We’re looking for some property in/ near the desert & I’ve found some information there.
Also, you might check out the Totally Texas forum at 2coolfishing dot com.
Well, bless your heart. I sure hope ya’ll found a place you like. :)
No, I can't breathe when all the smoke from the slash and burn "agricultural" fires from MX & Central America fire up every spring, causing a constant orange haze.. Then when the dust clouds travel from Africa across the Atlantic & dump all the dust on TX, I also can't breathe.
Actually, I can breathe, I just was adding to your complaints about TX.
” - - - but I see you’re in Norway, - - - “
Wrong! Read my flagpage again.
Good point. Guess my posts about the Texas Border with Mexico carried over a tad to Louisiana also. Sorry. Can’t blame Halfheimers for that one.
Dunno your race, don’t much care. However, if you are white, I would suggest living in the Northern part of the state. The Southern part of the state is getting very Mexicany.
Mexicans are fine and such (been married to two) but personally, I prefer to live around white folk.
Don’t much care for Dallas, uppity peeps live there. Ft. Worth is good. I prefer smaller towns, the smaller it is, the more Conservative it’ll be.
Your post is anecdotal. Four years isn’t much to glean from, or provide any substantial insight. I don’t discount your experience, but I’ve met/know Texans. Your description does not reflect the same attitudes I’ve witnessed.
Thank you for the differing opinion.
Most of the suburbs of either Austin, Dallas or Houston tend to be conservative. I've lived in all three areas and Houston folks seem the friendliest, to me. Dallas was a bit clique-ee, Austin was laid back and has changed a lot since I lived there. If you can tolerate Houston's humidity and are willing to roll up your sleeves and work hard you will be blessed (w/friends and finances) here.
By living in the suburbs you have the benefit of safer areas, better schools and great shopping and are still within 45 mins - hour to a major airport.
Good luck! Keep us posted now, hear?
The slogan for Austin is “Keep Austin weird”. Austin is cool, but the people can be hippy dippy sometimes. Hook’em Horns though!
My bad, I just looked at your flag & didn't read anything on the page. I figured it is a holdover from the Republic of Texas days that we always said "the border".
Some of my relatives were Norwegian, but came into Indianola with the Germans..
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