Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Dripping Springs, Texas
I've lived in the Austin area (Austin/Dripping Springs) for 5 years, and lived in Ft. Worth for 12 before that. I moved to the Austin area for a change, and that it has been.
Ft. Worth: A lot more blue collar than Austin, a lot more of what people think of when they think of "Texas" (good and bad), cheaper cost of living, cheaper houses, a working stockyard down town, regular rodeo in the summer, etc.... Generally conservative folks (but lots of strip clubs), large Vietnamese population, small downtown but still decent (much better than, say, Columbus, Ohio), track not too far from town, about 7 hours to the Mexican border, five hours to the coast (Galveston), most years you get enough rain, non-trendy restaurants (e.g. 24-hour "Ol' South" pancake house), lots of trucks, flat, Lake Worth.
Austin: Trendy folks, often professionals, often referred to as "California-wannabe" (especially since they got rid of the boat races), expensive housing unless you're willing to drive, overwhelmed with immigrants from other states, poorly laid out road system, trendy restaurants (e.g. 24-hour "Magnolia" with cutesy signs such as "sorry we're open"), college-aged down town, about 4-5 hours to the Mexican border, 4 hours to the coast, expensive cars, hilly, water restrictions due to growth and low rainfall, ugly 50-foot low Lake Travis, fun places to drive, more central to Texas than DFW, one hour to San Antonio.
I live in the Dripping Springs area, about 40 minutes west of Austin. I like living in Texas, but I don't miss living in Austin.