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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 4.1    Calmness: 3.6    Helpfulness: 3.8   
Intellectualness: 4.1    Neatness: 3.3    Outgoingness: 4.3   
Average Resident Personality Test Scores:
Artisticness: 3.09    Calmness: 3.08    Helpfulness: 2.98   
Intellectualness: 3.26    Neatness: 3.31    Outgoingness: 3.25   


Name: Kelly | Age: 53 | Gender: Female | ZIP: | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2007-04-08
Artisticness: 4   Calmness: 3   Helpfulness: 2   Intelligence: 4   Neatness: 2   Outgoingness: 3   
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What do you like about Austin?
Lots of government jobs with excellent benefits - it is, after all, the state capital and home to the main campus of the University of Texas, plus it's a federal district center with a large court and an enormous IRS center. Besides UT, there are a couple of smaller universities, so that there are a variety of well-educated people around. As Texas goes, Austin is liberal and laid-back, although everything's relative. Several nice parks, lots of water sports, which most people would be surprised to find in an inland city in a mostly-desert state. Luby's cafeteria chain has lots of locations in town, with inexpensive ever-filled iced tea - I "heart" Luby's. And local restaurants such as Kerbey Lane Cafe and Magnolia Cafe have excellent casual dining and unique atmospheres.
What do you dislike about Austin?
As several people have mentioned, many of the residents are far too smug about being hip enough and "weird enough" to live in Austin. As with all of Texas, there's a very strong fundamentalist-religion current, even in "liberal" Austin. And the summers are too hot - summer starts at the beginning of April and runs to the end of October; from May 1 to September 30 you can count on it being over 90 degrees every single day, and there are usually 30-40 days during that period where it gets over 100 degrees. That is too hot to enjoy outdoor activities, and it makes electric bills sky-high, since the air conditioning runs so much. Also, although it considers itself a cultured city, the city has almost no museum presence, a third-rate symphony orchestra, no real zoo, no major hospital... most people wind up going to Houston to get the things they'd expect in a big city. Oh, and as others have mentioned, public transportation ranges from meager to non-existent.
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
South Austin, 78704, and Travis Heights in particular, are nice places to live. South Congress Ave runs through the middle of the area, and has cafes, art galleries, antiques shops, an excellent yarn store (Hill Country Weavers), and one of the few decent frequent bus routes in the city.
How expensive is it?
More expensive than it should be for housing, cheaper than many places for food and gasoline. Restaurant meals are about 10% cheaper than they are in bigger cities. Real estate taxes are absolutely exorbitant. Water is expensive, and in the summer air conditioning can easily triple one's electric bill, particularly if one lives in a single-family house.
Is it safe?
Pretty safe - safer than the huge old cities of the north and northeast, safer than Houston - but there are a few dangers, and there are waaaay more traffic accidents than there should be for a city this size.
How is the weather?
Too hot, too hot, too hot. Note: if one looks at average weather, average annual rainfall is 32 inches. However, you should be advised that that's rarely the actual amount of rainfall - what actually happens is, it alternates between drought years when there's only 19 to 20 inches of rain, and flood years when there's 45-50 inches of rain. Despite the number of times that the city has flooded from severe rainfall, it never seems prepared for it. The year-to-year major variations in rain also make it almost impossible to do regular gardening. On the other hand, pecan trees seem to thrive in the climate, and it is sort of neat to be able to pick pecans up off the sidewalk and shell and eat them! The city is also always unprepared for the every-other-year end-of-January ice storm, and even less prepared for the once every ten years inch of snowfall in the winter - the entire city shuts down, lock, stock, and school system, for 1/2 inch of snow.
Additional thoughts?
I was glad to escape Austin summers after 24 years of them, and happy to get back to the northeast where I grew up. But many people love Austin, so there must be something to it! If you're looking for a graduate education accompanied by lots of indie and country music, with orienteering and geo-caching thrown in, and you don't mind hot weather, then this could be your heaven.

Name: | Age: 47 | Gender: Male | ZIP: 78748 | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2014-11-04
Artisticness: 4   Calmness: 2   Helpfulness: 1   Intelligence: 3   Neatness: 4   Outgoingness: 4   
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What do you like about Austin?

Lots of things to do. There is always some event going on year round..

What do you dislike about Austin?

Traffic of course.

What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?

I like the south side. south congress and now a bit of south lamar...

How expensive is it?

As it relates to Texas its a little more expensive

Is it safe?

crime is on the rise. Its not like New Orleans or Detroit.. but not as safe as it once was

How is the weather?

hot and humid in the summer.. Winter is very mild.
oh and you will have allergies

Additional thoughts?

I am a long time Austin resident. I've been in the Austin Area since 1983...I moved with my family from...Can you guess where ?

Yes California.. and most that move to Austin still seem to come from California...

Some have embraced the traditional Texas friendly culture other have created a delusional smugness.

For example the need to force oneself to look "weird yet cool" and the fashionable homeless looking elite.

The forced un-natural or un-original yuppie hippie ..

One image pops in my head the summaries this for me.

ACL Festival 2009

I had gone every year since 2004 - 2007 and stopped..Every year it got worse. It was not about the music but rather bragging to others how you been there

ACL Festival 2009 experienced lots and rain.

The original pictures and reports show a fake staged attempt to make it like the famous Lollapalooza rain scene of 1991..Everyone playing in the mud...covered in mud.. mouth full of mud..

But its not mud.. its dillo dirt..

treated municipal sewage sludge along with yard trimmings collected curbside by the city's waste management department.

AKA human heat treated piss and crap..

Once the story breaks that its dillo dirt... Those same fake play actors in crap fake being sick.. But cant because as nasty as it is. its safe...

Dillo dirt sinks and you could smell it for quit a distance... Yet since the cameras are rollings its time to put on the show...

Never laugh so hard in my life.. priceless simply priceless..

My point is come to Texas but you will be welcome by those who keep to what made you want to move in the first place..

Don't try to be something your not .. Its not Cali so no one outside your viewing distance cares how great you look

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