Originally Posted by Mark from Plano
Yeah, the Hill Country is great, but it's about as accessible from Austin as from SA and Austin is just better. As I said though, everyone wants to live in Austin so the real estate is more expensive and the jobs are harder to come by. Everyone I know from SA is trying to get out. Everyone I know who used to live in Austin is trying to find a job there so they can go back.
Well you mentioned two of the reasons I put SA on the list over Austin. Real estate costs and job situation. I have no doubt Austin is a better city overall, but remember my OP was to name cities a bit off the map. I was going for lower cost of living, jobs, and still having something to offer the 25 and under set. And then I mentioned each city was within a few hours drive of at least one other large city; Austin from SA.
It's why I put London ONT not Toronto, Tucson AZ, not Phoenix, etc.