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Dec 5, 2013 12:49AM
The really great places will never make this list.  The residents will see to that.
Nov 13, 2013 10:32PM
Nov 13, 2013 10:31PM

I have lived in 3 different countries and visited many more. I  have traveled widely in the U.S. I used to be a mid-westerner--first Urbana-Champaign, then Chicago, then Milwaukee and neighboring Shorewood. I now reside in Texas.


New Braunfels rules!!! Beautiful rivers, slow and well-planned growth, deer roam freely, very green, hilly and rocky, a great trail, Schlitterbahn, nice roads, good paths to walk and bike, above average schools, good bar scene within walking distance, charming downtown with boutiques and wine bars, great public library,  a huge park with a golf course, and tons of families and kids. Nearby Gruene is home to fantastic music and Willie Nelson sightings.


 While my children first had culture shock, they are now embedded in the community. I am about as progressive as they come but I realize the older I get that sometimes political positions do not determine interpersonal relations. Residents are generally friendly. Admitted, we do not talk about politics or religion but who wants to when you are having a good time motorboating in Canyon Lake or taking a dip in a friend's swimming pool. So best not to overgeneralize about any state in the U.S.--my two-bit.

Nov 13, 2013 8:58PM
Germantown, TN.  They draw it out, "one-hundred-and-twenty-seven crimes per 1000 population"  That's 12.7% and doesn't sound too safe to me.
Nov 13, 2013 8:39PM
No surprise that the Texas cities are some of the best.

Amazed that anyone would consider any place in Califoreignya a decent place to live. Looking at city #5 to file for bankruptcy in that place now.
Nov 13, 2013 8:03PM
It's not where you live but what lives inside you!

Does anything good come out of 'That Town?'  Oh, I don't know...Maybe Jesus!!!

We battle against false thinking and not against flesh and blood.

Nov 13, 2013 7:16PM
Yes yes! Please immediately move to one of these cities and stay away from mine! It's already too crowded here!
Nov 13, 2013 6:48PM
This just perpetuates the idea of exclusivity by isolation from others. There is a reason why Romney visited Westerville more times than any other town and conducted town meetings there. It was his kind of voter. 
Nov 13, 2013 5:35PM
The only good thing that comes out of texass is an empty greyhound bus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 13, 2013 5:35PM
All Honkytowns. Keep up the good work, Euro-American!
Nov 13, 2013 5:29PM
Plano - Land locked, overbuilt, and the most politically conservative city in the nation.  L. A. traffic, zero lot lines, McMansions galore full of pretentious transplants trying to learn to say "Y'all".  Church as a networking opportunity.  Tea party values.  Don't be one of the other 98%, because you will be snubbed.  Was the selection committee all white Republicans?  12 slides, not one person of color in sight.  Not the America I live in.
Nov 13, 2013 5:28PM
Cedar Park?? Really?  I live here, it used to be the armpit of Austin. I may call it the left nipple now.  If you want any kind of fast food this is where you need to come.  Also lots of Mexican restaurants, most not that good.  One good BBQ place. It is not a bike or pedestrian friendly community.  I live about three blocks away from Wal-Mart and HEB and only feel safe driving there.     If you want to do anything fun you need to go to Austin.  At least there is a Costco fixing to open up
Nov 13, 2013 4:41PM
Check out the unemployment rate, income levels, education levels, crime rates in Minneapolis, St Paul and Rochester Minnesota, Madison Wisconsin, Fargo ND, Des Moines, Ames, Cedar Rapids Iowa...etc...etc. and compare to Dallas, Houston, Birmingham, Phoenix, New Orleans, Tampa etc..etc.  But, if you are from the south, don't bother moving up here...its way too cold and as soon as you talk everyone will know where you are from...and then we will laugh at you behind your back...
I don't live in the Texas towns listed here, but I visit regularly.  I love them all.  Lots to do and nice weather to do it.  There's a saying down here.  "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could."  And I never plan on leaving.  

Yes, Dallas is busy.  Go to the burbs.  It's nicer than you think.
Nov 13, 2013 3:53PM
Keep Texas Red! Keep the fock out Socialist Sheep!
Nov 13, 2013 3:49PM

I've lived in the Dallas, Texas area three times (not by choice) and you can have it.  Crowded, ignorant people (not the natives), a lot of rude New Yorkers moving there, too much traffic, a lot of Arabs who think you should adapt to their culture, bad drivers, no real culture, and expensive.


Dallas, Texas is a hell hole and dumping ground for whatever comes across the border.  There is no city life.  Most of the company headquarters are in the 'burbs (Frito Lay and Pepsi) so why bother with downtown.  The downtown area, if you want to call it downtown, is like a ghost town.  There is no downtown.


Save your money and go someplace where Americans live and speak Engli**** not in Dallas.

Nov 13, 2013 3:49PM
we here in phoenix would have the best place to live . but obombabinlidin went and screwed up things much worse then things are by allowing those wetter backs  come into this country they stink and make store owners close their restaurants  down that are too close to their restaurants because of the type of foods that they make like mudnuto that is pig intestines or beef intestines when I walk by they really stink very bad. they sneak across the boarder and we have to pay for them being here using our schools and medical aide plus food stamps. we do not have enough to feed our own people little on those wetter backs. now you bleeding hearts that have different views should go a head and take out of your pockets and give them your own money to live and eat here until you do that shut up about what my views are  .our neighborhoods get run  down because of them and the colors they paint their houses like bright orange and yellows and reds. I pay taxes for American kids go  to school and if the people who need a little extra help I don't mind they get the food stamps and section 8 housing but when it comes to the wetter backs we do not have enough to take care of them plus our own. oh by the way they go to the home depots and work for cash and do not pay taxes workers comp and state and fed taxes. now bleeding hearts if you are willing to pay their share then I  will not say anything about the wetter backs coming into this country the way they do but if you are not going to pay their share you shut up and do not say I am a red neck or a bigot because I am telling you the truth and if this offends you then you must be one of those people or have family members who is them. .
Nov 13, 2013 3:48PM
Don't bash Texas. I like it and I live in California. The people are great the neighbor hoods are safe and the economy is booming 
Nov 13, 2013 3:46PM
No, no, don't come to Texas, because we don't want your crazy asses here!!!!!  Here is the deal, we are a Republican  State, period.  We allow people to own guns and most Texans know how to use them.  We not only have the death penalty, be sure if you kill someone in Texas we will kill you right back rather quickly compared to other states.  We are proud people, we are accepting people, if you need someone on your side your gonna wish it was a Texan.  If you met someone in Texas who was racist, homophobic, cruel, or stupid, 9 out of 10 times, THEY WERE NOT TEXANS (we have a lot of leftovers from Katrina and Oklahoma)......This is a big state and they won't let us put up fences to keep undesireables out (gangs, criminals, evil people) But know if you come to Texas and you do evil things we will not tolerate it!!!!  Texans will stand together.  So, I suggest you don't come to Texas, because you must be one of those ignorant people who believe everything the media says and have taken it upon yourself to stereotype this state as a whole and personally I don't want you in my neighborhood......
Nov 13, 2013 3:16PM

I moved to Plano, north Dallas area in 1970 with a population of only 18,000, today almost 280,000. If you want to live in a nice city with great schools, shopping, parks, and outstanding medical facilities it is all here. Low crime rate and a very safe community with clean air yes it’s here in Texas. However, you will not find this with a house costing $139K. Our starting price is around $300K and up, city and county tax start around $6000 and up, sales tax at 8.25%. Gas prices currently approximately $3 per gallon, however, every new road build is now a toll road and the real cost is over $6 per gallon.


Everyone knows it is hot in summertime Texas and people plan accordingly and have learned to live with it. Our immediate problem is not oil and gas; it is water or the lack of it. Starting this November our community will be further reduced to watering only ones every two weeks. The fine for watering on the wrong day is $190 and it is vigorously enforced.


As far as politics is concerned, my city was rated the second most conservative city in the country, Provo, Utah being the first. However, besides the voting booth, one would never know it. We are educated many of us are from foreign countries and many are retired. We will never allow a dirty industry to locate here and prefer national headquarters such as Frito Lay, ETS and JC Penney. We want our children to attend universities and insure our schools are the best. Our police department requires all officers have a four-year college degree and the city of over 280,000 populations is one of the safest in the nation. Heck, we are the only county in the country that builds a 60 million dollar high school football stadium during the height of the recession. If you like bike riding, we have the most extensive trails available and even our streets are designated for bicycle commuting. Therefore, if you are of the liberal persuasion, you will like it here; however, your vote will probably not count.


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