Texas showdown: Austin vs Dallas vs HoustonSubscribe
Which is the best place to live?
Which is the best place to make money?
Which is the most fun?
Dallas: diversified businesses
Austin: tech concentration in Texas
Houston: energy industry concentration
Best place to live in Texas? Dallas Vs. Austin Vs Houston
Our users shared many detailed responses to this question below. One particularly insightful quote comes from user @BobTheBaker, an equity research associate.
Houston: If you are or want to be in oil you need to be here. Houston also has the best arts and food scene in (low end to mid end, you could argue Dallas has a better high end food scene) Texas. The most diverse city in Texas and I think the country. Worst part about Houston is the weather, the humidity is crippling. If you like organization (aka zoning laws), you will dislike Houston.
Dallas: Real Estate (Tramelle Crow and a bunch of other prestigious RE firms are headquartered here, Hines is in Houston though) and most finance outside of oil is here. There are more asset management firms, hedge funds, PE firms, and family offices in Dallas than any other city in Texas and it isn't even close. Dallas has better weather than Houston and is more organized.
Austin: The best city in the state to live in if you're a young professional imo. Just more "cool" and you can really feel the up and coming status of the city. If you don't like hipsters then stay away. Better low-mid end food than Dallas. Lakes and Texas hill country are in the area so the outdoors lifestyle is more attainable here. Worst city to make money in the state unless you are in tech. Best night-life in the state, although if you're over the age of 25 and don't want to be around drunk college kids (sixth street), Dallas/ Houston might be better.
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