I've lived in all four major cites in TX (San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Houston) with the longest stretch being in Austin. Houston, where I currently live, is a close second -- and I have offices in both cities. A lot of what has been said here is true, but without regard to all the stereotypes(many of which are lived up to [down to?]) it sounds like Austin best fits your description. It does have a higher cost of living, but only as a function of the real estate prices. Other elements of the COL equation are no different than elsewhere in Texas. You'll find that Texas is one of the easiest places to stereotype by those outside the state, but once you live here you realize it's one of the most misunderstood and underestimated places precisely because of those stereotypes. Good luck.
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10/4/10 at 5:13pm