Anyone made the transition from NYC to Austin?

I find myself asking why I am in NYC when everything is so damn expensive. Making good money, but limited on savings and quality of life due to the HCOL. Or recs for other cities for that matter.

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Worked and lived in NYC for years. Austin is getting just as expensive if you want to live in the city. However you can find “LCOL” areas a bit further away from downtown. I live in northwest Austin and in a pretty central location and my expenses are 10% lower than they were when in NYC.

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Only 10% even with the lower taxes?

I was in Austin, but left to go live somewhere else. Some things you need to know about living in Austin.

- While no doubt cheaper than NYC, it isn't the bargain it used to be. Anything in the city is going to be expensive and (with a drop in salary) you might actually find you have to live fairly far out of the city to make it affordable.

- Unless you are in the city, "walkability" isn't a thing in Austin (or Texas in general). You will need a car and can expect to drive pretty much everywhere. Public transportation is minimal.

- Texas is heavily controlled by the GOP and Austin, while often held out as a "liberal city," has been gerrymandered and heavily legislated by the state government (i.e. when the local government tries to pass more progressive laws, the state government steps in and overrides them).

- The summers are HOT. From June through September the night time temps don't drop below 80, and it can still be close to 100 well into October. Granted, the winter and spring in Austin are very nice. (Also, remember that the Texas power grid is ill equipped for severe weather.)

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Austin is very boring and cost of living is high. I used to live there. Born and raised in HTX.

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