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Hi all. We now live in NYC, and are considering a move to TX. I have family in Houston, but I'm not sure that's where we want to go. Even though it's obviously a much smaller city than NY, we really aren't looking for city/suburban living. Some of our reasons for wanting to move are - more space, lower cost of living, more support for homeschooling, security, shared values - emphasis on family & faith.<br><br>
We don't even know where to begin when it comes to figuring out what regions/towns would be a good fit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help"> Also, my husband is an NYC police officer, so finding a job for him is the largest hurdle.<br><br>
Any suggestions, insight, experience would be greatly appreciated!!<br><br>
TIA<br>
Bonnie, mama to 2 beautiful girls - Aislinn 3 yo and Riley 2 mo
 

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Hi! I definitely think you can find what you're looking for in Texas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Obviously, the biggest metro areas are Houston and Dallas. Both are large, sprawling cities where you can live "in the country" (or even just the suburbs) and have access to the big city without being IN it. For instance, I'm in a mid-sized town that's essentially a suburb of Houston (you drive from one town to the next and never realize it save for the signs on the side of the road saying "Entering ....."). A few miles down the highway (so not long, time-wise) are more developments that are decidedly less urban even than we are, yet are easy access to amenities such as shopping and dining, and only an extra 10-15 minutes from the city and the major amenities like museums, sports, arts, more dining, etc.<br><br>
Other options in Texas include Austin and San Antonio. They are quite close to one another, in a more scenic part of the state than either Houston or Dallas (though at least with Houston, we have the beach not far away!).<br><br>
Austin is definitely known as the "crunchiest" city in Texas, and is growing a LOT from what I can tell. It still feels like a small city, but has a lot to offer. You get more natural food stores and alternative living stores, etc., in Austin than anywhere else in the state. There are a number of suburb or outskirts areas that are quite popular for families.<br><br>
San Antonio is a vibrant community, though most of my familiarity is with the Riverwalk area. It's smaller than Austin, I believe, but also has a number of other towns around that are more or less suburbs - though not necessarily in the sense of Houston/Sugar Land/Conroe where you never know you left one and got to the other. I have the feeling there's more divide, but I'm not sure how much that's changing.<br><br>
The Hill Country (roughly where Austin and San Antonio are) has a wide range of other small towns - Brenham, Nacadogches, New Braunfels, and many more - that may appeal if you really want a more out-of-the-city lifestyle. They're still a reasonable driving distance to the bigger cities.<br><br>
Obviously, for police work, the bigger cities probably have the best opportunities. I'm pretty sure HPD is always hiring. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think investigating those opportunities may be a good way to start your search, as there really are quite a few great areas to settle down in Texas!
 

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Actually, San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the US and second largest in TX behind Houston. Our downtown isn't very big which makes it misleading as to the population.<br>
TX is a GREAT state to look for law enforcement employment as we have TONS of law enforcement agencies. Texas Dept of Safety (highway patrol), TX Rangers, county sheriffs, constables, local/city PD, CBP (customs and border patrol)......My neighbor does background checks for the CBP-they are ALWAYS hiring but mostly down in the Valley (McAllen, Harlingen, Del Rio, Laredo etc....)<br>
I live about 35 miles outside SA-we have a ton of SAPD and SAFD that live out my way. We are in a rural, unincorporated part of Wilson County. We have very little in the way of services but it is quiet, room to roam, very little zoning issues (in other words people have chickens, goats, horses, cows etc....). It's a nice place to live as long as you don't mind driving a goodly distance for just about anything. From our house to downtown is about 35-40 minutes. The more suburban areas with large subdivisions with amenities etc.... are mostly north of SA. Austin definitely gets the 'crunchy' award for TX but it is generally a lot more expensive than SA and other regions. SA has a pretty decent natural/attachment parenting community, you just may have to look a little harder than you would in Austin.
 

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Karen, I'd love to meet you!<br><br>
And for the OP, just echoing that there are a lot of jobs in Laredo.<br><br>
And for crunchies...we have an international babywearing instructor and a naturopathic physician mama here.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm in the SA area too (just northeast in the Cibolo/Schertz area).<br>
There are quite a few homeschooling support groups and co-ops in the area, some natural food co-ops too.
 
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