Thank you! This is really, really helpful. I've done a lot of research and am realizing that Austin isn't what we thought it was. Our current city is actually more Democratic (in voting trends) than Austin. Our current neighborhood is known for being gay friendly and is very racially diverse. Like I said, we like where we are, but the job will win. We want to make the transition as painless as possible and find an area as much like our current one as possible.
That's because Austin is in Texas. We moved to TX from Oregon 4 years ago and there are some things that I just don't expect to see in Texas. Democratic and gay-friendly are two of those things. Racially diverse really depends on the area. It seems like people clump together in parts of any city. Here in DFW we have a section of one town that has a bunch of Pacific Islanders that all live within about 3 square miles of each other. The same is true of many other races and ethnicities.