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Cambo
06-05-2007, 16:28
Hi Guys,
My wife and I are thinking about moving to Austin. What is it like in terms of shooting ranges, taxes, weather, income level(I am a personal fitness trainer and need access to a wealthy clientele), and friendliness of people? Any insight would be appreciated. We are currently in Communist New Jersey with gun restrictions/no places to shoot(I shoot in Pennsylvania), extremely high taxes, cold miserable weather 6 months a year, rude people everywhere, but it does have a high income level.

Lefty Lar
06-05-2007, 17:57
Cambo, I sent you a private message. Lefty Lar

Lefty Lar
06-05-2007, 17:59
Cambo, I forgot to answer about taxes. The property taxes are high. But Texas has no State Income Tax.

Glenn E. Meyer
06-06-2007, 09:27
www.krtraining.com has an Austin area shooting faq.

Cambo
06-06-2007, 17:51
Glenn, I am blown away by the number of shooting facilities. Thanks!!

Lefty Lar
06-07-2007, 16:52
Cambo, thanks for the message. A friend came to visit us yesterday from San Diego. He has been in Austin a couple of days. Loves Austin. He will be coming back a lot because he's involved in a real estate project being built in Austin. Said he could live here. Sounds like you and your wife are doing your homework. Coming next year for a visit will give you two atleast a feel for the area.

Lefty Lar

ranchonodinero
06-07-2007, 18:07
Be forewarned, the town slogan is "keep Austin weird".

RENEA
06-09-2007, 22:23
Welcome! I can't wait to get back to the Austin area after I'm done with this contract here in the sandbox.. :)

Originally posted by Cambo
Hi Guys,
My wife and I are thinking about moving to Austin. What is it like in terms of shooting ranges, taxes, weather, income level(I am a personal fitness trainer and need access to a wealthy clientele), and friendliness of people? Any insight would be appreciated. We are currently in Communist New Jersey with gun restrictions/no places to shoot(I shoot in Pennsylvania), extremely high taxes, cold miserable weather 6 months a year, rude people everywhere, but it does have a high income level.

RRPD1
06-16-2007, 21:10
skip Austin and look at Round Rock - much lower property taxes and also in the more conservative Williamson County..

ScoPro
06-16-2007, 21:35
Originally posted by ranchonodinero
Be forewarned, the town slogan is "keep Austin weird".

I helped "keep Austin weird"......, I moved to Round Rock. :supergrin:

RRPD1 is correct:

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/05/24/24rrcrime.html

(see the link for the crime stats)

Round Rock pleased to see crime rate drop
Police attribute the decrease to a good relationship with the community.
By Isadora Vail

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Even though Round Rock's population 86,000 last year is almost double what it was 10 years ago, violent crime trends have shown it to be one of the safest cities in the county.

"Round Rock has been able to respond to population growth and ultimately able to reduce crime," said William Kelly, director of the Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice Research at the University of Texas.

The Uniform Crime Report, released last week by the Texas Department of Public Safety, contains statistics for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and vehicle theft.

Based on those numbers, a report by the City of Round Rock showed that violent crimes in the city decreased from 2 per 1,000 residents in 1997 to 1.2 in 2006. That rate is one of lowest in the county.

Eric Poteet, a spokesman with the Round Rock Police Department, said the results were encouraging but cautioned that the report does not include every crime.

Poteet attributed much of the decrease to the positive and close relationship that the department has with residents.

"It's our job to maintain that quality, and we're always pleased to see a decrease in crime," he said.

Seventeen Texas cities that are comparable to Round Rock in size also experienced a decrease in violent crime in 2006, and 11 had an increase.

The Williamson County cities of Thrall, Georgetown, Taylor, Hutto, Granger and Florence saw their total crime numbers drop from 2005 to 2006.

The totals for Leander and Cedar Park both rose during that time. Both cities have more than doubled in population in the past decade.

Cedar Park will add 10 officers by the end of this year. Capt. Jeff Hayes of the Cedar Park Police Department said they are needed because of the rise in population.

Hayes said other measures are being taken, such as a citywide crime prevention program that would include neighborhood watches and a Crime- Stoppers tip line.

Leander Police Chief Don Hatcher said that Leander's population is growing 16 percent per year and that an increase in crime is to be expected. The department began a five-year plan this year to add officers as the population continues to grow.

In 1997, Round Rock had two murders, and over the past eight years, four more have occurred. The biggest increases for Round Rock over the past 10 years were in theft and burglary, crimes that are not described by the state as violent.

"I never think about Round Rock being a crime-ridden town," said Ed Turner, who has lived in the city for 26 years. "I've always felt very safe here."

Round Rock spokesman Will Hampton said, "We've been ranked as the safest cities in Texas and one of the safest cities in the country. Obviously, everyone in our community is doing something right, which is working together."

DriBak
06-20-2007, 17:57
Originally posted by RRPD1
skip Austin and look at Round Rock - much lower property taxes and also in the more conservative Williamson County..

My best friend lives in Avery Ranch subdivision, Austin City Limits, Round Rock School District and Williamson County, go figure