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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 1.3    Calmness: 2.0    Helpfulness: 1.3   
Intellectualness: 1.3    Neatness: 1.0    Outgoingness: 2.0   
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Artisticness: 3.28    Calmness: 3.17    Helpfulness: 2.76   
Intellectualness: 3.63    Neatness: 2.81    Outgoingness: 2.95   

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Name: | Age: 26 | Gender: Male | ZIP: 78840 | Resident for: 3-5 years | Added on: 2007-09-28
Artisticness: 1   Calmness: 3   Helpfulness: 1   Intelligence: 1   Neatness: 1   Outgoingness: 1   
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What do you like about Del Rio?
Nothing, north of Del Rio is Lake Amistad which is nice.
What do you dislike about Del Rio?
Absolutely below average in every way. If you are considering moving to Del Rio, TX. Fight to get reassigned or if you have a choice, go somewhere else. The town is horrible and business everywhere is marked by zero customer service, "where the hell else will you go" seems to be the unspoken question in every business in the town. And its true, if you want to eat out, fast food or chilis, those are your choices. So if the service at CHilis is poor, youll be back when you realize its your only option.
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
The town has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
How expensive is it?
Is it safe?
How is the weather?
Hot, dry, too hot to enjoy unless you're in the local lake. Winter is bearable.
Additional thoughts?
Worst town in America, best town in Mexico.


Name: | Age: 28 | Gender: Male | ZIP: | Resident for: 1 year | Added on: 2005-09-11
Artisticness: 2   Calmness: 2   Helpfulness: 2   Intelligence: 2   Neatness: 1   Outgoingness: 4   
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What do you like about Del Rio?
Nothing much, at first. By the time I left, I'd grown accustomed to some things about the town; the opportunities for biking in the area are terrific if you carry wire cutters with you. The stream running through town really is quite nice when it's clean. The Amistad NRA a few miles north is great if you're into boating and fishing. The local winery is very nice, and that neighborhood is the best in town. The new HEB is a terrific grocery store. And, of course, Del Rio is the home of Julio's chips, to which you will develop a powerful and long-lasting addiction.
What do you dislike about Del Rio?
It is a shabby little town. In some places this shabbiness can be quite charming, but for the most part the town is run by a cabal of powerful business interests who's main goal is to keep Del Rio exactly as it is for ever and ever. It took a major political battle to permit a Chili's into the city.
The weather of course sucks; people say it's a dry heat, but so is the stovetop and you don't go putting your hand there for fun, do you? And don't tell me about the winters; it snowed the one winter I was there. People acted like bigger idiots than they do in Florida when it snows.
There is extreme racial segregation, and not surprisingly grinding poverty.
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
Well, it's a small city. South of downtown, toward the winery, is a beautiful older neighborhood that would be my first choice of places to live. Failing that, you'll want to be in the Kings Avenue neighborhood, up on the hill. The newer developments are quite nice, if somewhat barren. Do yourself and the water table a favor and rip out the bloody grass and replace it with stones and xeriscaping the first month after you move in.
How expensive is it?
I always thought it was dirt cheap, but that's not the case. Housing prices are going up there as everywhere, and for one of the newer, larger homes up on the hill, you're talking 200. I think that's obscene; however, if you look around you can find some pretty good deals. If you're military, you'd be well advised to live on the base if you can get one of the refurbished homes.
Is it safe?
I always thought so. The same can absolutely not be said of Acuna, across the river. Certain neighborhoods, in particular one near the crossing, bear avoiding as well. For the most part, though, in town the worst crime you'll see is street racing.
How is the weather?
If I owned Del Rio and Hell... you get the idea. It's hotter than it has any right to be in the summer, and it isn't dry enough to make it bearable. From about Halloween on into early March, though, the place can be quite nice. It does get cold in the winter; as I said we had three or four inches of snow the year I lived there, which was nice because it made my Christmas lights seem much more fitting, wrapped around the cacti and ocotillo.
Additional thoughts?
I'd be willing to go back to Del Rio, but it would not be my first choice. If you are young single, you will likely still be both when you move away. Most other young singles move away to look for better opportunities in Laredo, Austin, and San Antonio, and you should ask yourself whether you ought not to do the same. That being said, if you have no choice but to move to Del Rio, you can make it a fairly pleasant place to live. Build a deck, plant trees, go boating, enjoy the family of Shiner beers. You'll soon find that if you can't make your own fun, you won't have much of it.


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