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#4507232 - 09/04/17 12:59 PM Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon.
TheKracken Offline


Registered: 04/18/17
Posts: 515
Loc: Fort Worth TX
Hi everyone, so my wife and I just got back from the hospital with our just born baby girl! This is our first kid and we have to move from Seattle on October 1st.

I was planning to move to Utah, and really love it in Utah but my uncle owns a nice house in Fort Worth and offered for us to come live with him for a year or 2 while we get back on our feet (it is just him in the house so we get a good space).

Anyway, I would love to hear more about how it is living in Texas? I spent a few summers there as a kid and remember hatting the humidity and heat but other than that I don't remember much. I came from a small town in California so DFW seemed huge which was nice.

How is raising a family in Texas? Is it super affordable to live here?

My wife is a Nanny and I will be finishing up some schooling and working in whatever job I can get.
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#4507238 - 09/04/17 01:13 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2731
Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: TheKracken
Hi everyone, so my wife and I just got back from the hospital with our just born baby girl! This is our first kid and we have to move from Seattle on October 1st.

I was planning to move to Utah, and really love it in Utah but my uncle owns a nice house in Fort Worth and offered for us to come live with him for a year or 2 while we get back on our feet (it is just him in the house so we get a good space).

Anyway, I would love to hear more about how it is living in Texas? I spent a few summers there as a kid and remember hatting the humidity and heat but other than that I don't remember much. I came from a small town in California so DFW seemed huge which was nice.

How is raising a family in Texas? Is it super affordable to live here?

My wife is a Nanny and I will be finishing up some schooling and working in whatever job I can get.


My daughter has lived just north of Dallas in Sachse for ten years now. She grew up around the Seattle area. She loves it their and would move back to left coast for anything!
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#4507242 - 09/04/17 01:17 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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In my experience, Texans tend to be more opininated and don't wanna hear what you have to say if he/she disagrees with you. I wouldn't go around telling everyone your from Seattle because they don't don't like new residents who are "Left" handed.
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#4507243 - 09/04/17 01:18 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
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I'm not Left handed btw
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#4507244 - 09/04/17 01:19 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: skyactiv]
TheKracken Offline


Registered: 04/18/17
Posts: 515
Loc: Fort Worth TX
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
In my experience, Texans tend to be more opininated and don't wanna hear what you have to say if he/she disagrees with you. I wouldn't go around telling everyone your from Seattle because they don't don't like new residents who are "Left" handed.


My wife and I are right leaning anyway (more so the wife!) and is one of the things we don't like about Seattle. That and the cost of living here in Seattle is crazy. Otherwise we love the weather here and the natural beauty.
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#4507249 - 09/04/17 01:28 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2731
Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: TheKracken
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
In my experience, Texans tend to be more opininated and don't wanna hear what you have to say if he/she disagrees with you. I wouldn't go around telling everyone your from Seattle because they don't don't like new residents who are "Left" handed.


My wife and I are right leaning anyway (more so the wife!) and is one of the things we don't like about Seattle. That and the cost of living here in Seattle is crazy. Otherwise we love the weather here and the natural beauty.


You'll love Texas if you like the heat is more often than not over 100 degrees during the day for most of August. That's what my daughter loves growing up in the rain. She has stopped rusting!
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#4507256 - 09/04/17 01:43 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 460
Loc: texas
I move from Louisiana to Texas. Yes it can get scorching hot in July/august but the winters are great. Year around fishing for me.
You can get a lot of house for the money compared to other parts of the country. 3000Sqft can be had for $300K depending on the area and the "fit and finish"
We call them Mc_Mansions.

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#4507258 - 09/04/17 01:45 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
JustinH Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 5171
Loc: Texas
There is a ton to do in the metroplex.

We live near Austin and take plenty of weekend trips up that way.

Fort Worth is more country and Dallas is more glitzy to me.

We don't go up "north" to Dallas during the winter, as they get a good amount of ice storms and colder weather.

There is so much entertainment/food/attractions in DFW its tough to get bored.

The landscape is flat compared to Austin/Hill Country area, but there are quite a few lakes for recreation.
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#4507268 - 09/04/17 01:59 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21176
Loc: Orlando, FL
I have family in Irving and they like it a lot.

Good luck with your move to Texas.

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#4507274 - 09/04/17 02:09 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 08/31/14
Posts: 338
Loc: AL,NC,TX,Germany,Korea,Italy
I recently retired and live in the DFW area.

Texas has a decent public education system. Houses tend to be nice and big. Property taxes are higher. No state income tax. It gets hot here. Allergies are a thing in north Texas. There is definitely job opportunities available. The metroplex is constantly growing.
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#4507281 - 09/04/17 02:20 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 06/13/06
Posts: 370
Loc: Texas

Find the red / blue map from the last election.
If it is blue, those are the folks moving to Texas.
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#4507324 - 09/04/17 03:24 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 10/05/08
Posts: 5466
Loc: Buckley, Wa.
Originally Posted By: TheKracken
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
In my experience, Texans tend to be more opininated and don't wanna hear what you have to say if he/she disagrees with you. I wouldn't go around telling everyone your from Seattle because they don't don't like new residents who are "Left" handed.


My wife and I are right leaning anyway (more so the wife!) and is one of the things we don't like about Seattle. That and the cost of living here in Seattle is crazy. Otherwise we love the weather here and the natural beauty.


Accurate for sure. Seattle is one of the worse places to tolerate even if you are a middle of the road person. It is as bad as Portland, Oregon and getting worse. The mountains and Puget Sound is nice, if you can take the crowds an fees on weekends. Traffic is one of the worst in the nation. Mayor is a complete fool as is the city council. Governor is equally bad. Buying a house is a joke unless you enjoy paying some of the highest real estate prices in the country.

I'd move to Texas if it was possible for me. In reality though, I don't think it will be many more years before Texas becomes neutral to left anyway. Shame.
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#4507341 - 09/04/17 03:46 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 12/30/06
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Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
I used to live in Grapevine. I'm moving back up there ASAP!!!!!!
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#4507377 - 09/04/17 04:37 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: TheKracken]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2962
Loc: USA
Kracken I think you'll find yourself settling in DFW based on what you have said so far.

Your kiddo will have great schooling options later on.

The heat is just heat.. if you go outside then expect to sweat and have to shower after. No biggie. If you can stay on the outskirts of the metro then it should theoretically be cooler. All that concrete in the big city just holds onto heat and releases it at night.

You'll have the option to pick your power company if you get your own place. Shop around like you would for a cellular plan and you'll be fine.

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#4507384 - 09/04/17 04:46 PM Re: Hows living in Texas? Moving family soon. [Re: aquariuscsm]
car51 Offline


Registered: 03/12/15
Posts: 10251
Loc: Southwest PA
Originally Posted By: aquariuscsm
I used to live in Grapevine. I'm moving back up there ASAP!!!!!!


Thought you lived near Waco?
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