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San Angelo, TX


Finally, a new post on a different day - 2/14/2016
Median homes costs aren't close to $102,000. It's closer to $180,000. People here still believe the price of gas and oil will go up so housing prices won't drop for a while. No real nature trails around here because there are few trees. The trails at San Angelo State Park are poorly marked so it's unlikely you'll find a trail head. San Angelo is the largest city that's not on the Interstate so it's isolated which can be a good or bad thing depending on your needs. The local airport has daily flights to Dallas and no long security lines so coming and going is pretty easy. There's a sizable university with Angelo State University but it doesn't seem to make much of an impact on the city so I wouldn't call this a college town. Health care is so-so with a couple of hospitals. I had to wait 5 months to get an appointment with my new family doctor- wow. Be prepared to drive on wide roads with so little traffic that you'd mistake the roads for runways. The loop around the city makes it possible to live on the edge of town and get downtown in 15 minutes or less. Pretty amazed to see the inside of some houses when we were looking for a house. Walls covered in crosses and Texas lone stars all over town. Definite difference here from where we came from in Georgia. Most Hispanics have been here for generations so if your Spanish isn't great you won't have problems.

San Angelo, TX


Sleepy Angelo - 2/10/2016
Median homes costs aren't close to $102,000. It's closer to $180,000. People here still believe the price of gas and oil will go up so housing prices won't drop for a while. No real nature trails around here because there are few trees. The trails at San Angelo State Park are poorly marked so it's unlikely you'll find a trail head. San Angelo is the largest city that's not on the Interstate so it's isolated which can be a good or bad thing depending on your needs. The local airport has daily flights to Dallas and no long security lines so coming and going is pretty easy. There's a sizable university with Angelo State University but it doesn't seem to make much of an impact on the city so I wouldn't call this a college town. Health care is so-so with a couple of hospitals. I had to wait 5 months to get an appointment with my new family doctor- wow. Be prepared to drive on wide roads with so little traffic that you'd mistake the roads for runways. The loop around the city makes it possible to live on the edge of town and get downtown in 15 minutes or less. Pretty amazed to see the inside of some houses when we were looking for a house. Walls covered in crosses and Texas lone stars all over town. Definite difference here from where we came from in Georgia. Most Hispanics have been here for generations so if your Spanish isn't great you won't have problems.

San Angelo, TX


Sleepy Angelo - 2/7/2016
Median homes costs aren't close to $102,000. It's closer to $180,000. People here still believe the price of gas and oil will go up so housing prices won't drop for a while. No real nature trails around here because there are few trees. The trails at San Angelo State Park are poorly marked so it's unlikely you'll find a trail head. San Angelo is the largest city that's not on the Interstate so it's isolated which can be a good or bad thing depending on your needs. The local airport has daily flights to Dallas and no long security lines so coming and going is pretty easy. There's a sizable university with Angelo State University but it doesn't seem to make much of an impact on the city so I wouldn't call this a college town. Health care is so-so with a couple of hospitals. I had to wait 5 months to get an appointment with my new family doctor- wow. Be prepared to drive on wide roads with so little traffic that you'd mistake the roads for runways. The loop around the city makes it possible to live on the edge of town and get downtown in 15 minutes or less. Pretty amazed to see the inside of some houses when we were looking for a house. Walls covered in crosses and Texas lone stars all over town. Definite difference here from where we came from in Georgia. Most Hispanics have been here for generations so if your Spanish isn't great you won't have problems.

San Angelo, TX


Sleepy Angelo - 1/8/2016
You know there's not a lot of energy in these parts when there's only 3 other posts. The town is pretty isolated even by Texan standards as it's the largest city in the state not on an interstate highway. There are very wide roads in town with very little traffic and the loop is easy get around on. It's only 10 minutes from the edge of town to downtown- amazing. Don't be misled by the $102,600 median price for a home 1/8/16. The median price is closer to $180,000 based on the real estate websites. Locals jacked up housing prices during the oil boom and refuse to lower them thinking someone give them a big profit so don't buy unless you have to. For example home prices went up during the last 5 years 15.70% (probably too low an estimate) and the U.S. dropped -4.60% during the same period. The local Hispanic community seems more settled in than we moved from. Most aren't recent immigrants and there are hardly any signs in Spanish. Lastly, there's nothing outside town but ranches so forget about daytrips. At least the local airport is easy to get to and there's not much of a wait in security so I'm told and there are regular flights to Dallas and beyond.

Muncie, IN


A mixed review
- 7/22/2006
Pluses: Inexpensive homes. How many other places in the U.S. has homes at less than 50% the national average for a median priced home? Transportation is pretty good for a city of 70,000. The bus system was recently recognized as best in the country for a small city. I took advantage of it after the price of gas went up. Ball State University students ride for free so I don't use my car much anymore. -/+ The quality of life has improved in the downtown with a some cultural attractions such as a theater and center for the arts. Of course the the university has its share of attractions as well. There are few bums roaming about but they don't seem too threatening. The current scam is to ask for gas money. The politics are mixed with liberal and naive professors, usually politically apathetic students and some country types who came from Kentucky or West Virginia and haven't changed much. It is interesting to see Amish craftsmen building homes for low income residents. Minus: The local economy still hasn't recovered from the loss of good paying jobs associated with the decline of the automotive industry. You'll have difficulty finding a high paying job.

Kingman, AZ


Thinking about Kingman
- 7/21/2006
I am not a resident nor have I ever lived in Kingman but I'm considering moving there if I'm offered a job. I'll be finishing grad school in Indiana soon so I'm glad I found this website to help me make a more informed choice about relocating. My main criteria is the price of housing compared to my future salary because I don't want to spend all my money on a expensive mortgage. The median housing price ($245,000)is higher than the national average ($209,000) and much greater than what it is here ($80,000, that's not a typo). Housing prices may be cheaper than California but not everyone is from California. I was also shocked that some residents call the average July temperature of 105 degrees "mild". Where were these people raised, the Sahara Desert? Is there any indication housing prices will drop soon? I know I've got to adapt to the climate and I did live in Texas for four years so I can probably survive. I know somebody will say, "If it's too expensive for you, don't live here." Unfortunately, this part of the country is lacking jobs for college educated types in some fields so I don't have much of a choice after 3 and half months of looking for work. None of my four other siblings live in Indiana so I'm not trying to claim this place is paradise by comparison.
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