People move away from a city for a lot of reasons. Change of scenery, not enjoying the current city you live in, or a job.

Moving for a job tends to be at the top of the list. Nobody ENJOYS moving. It's a stressful, tedious task that we don't like to go through. Packing, looking for a place to live, etc. It's exhausting and one of the more stressful things someone can go through.

Every time I moved in my life, it was due to a job. When I was growing up, my dad got transferred all over the country as a sales manager. Once I started getting into my radio career, the trend continued. Every move in my life has been predicated on a job change.

While new people are moving into Amarillo, many are moving out. So where is everyone going? Let's take a look at a few of the places they're heading to that I would personally move to.

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Yes, Atlanta is a big city. I'm a big-city kind of person though, so this suits me well. The greenery of Georgia, and the Sandy Springs area to be specific, appeal to me. I enjoy some good scenery, especially when I'm stressed. Georgia is full of it.

Put me in a city with three professional sports teams on top of it all, and I'm pretty thrilled. My guess is there is a pretty good youth baseball scene there too.

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Ok, I lived in Tulsa roughly 20 years ago. That experience left me relatively sour on the state of Oklahoma as a whole. There was NOTHING to do in Tulsa when I lived there, I was working multiple jobs at a time and rarely allowed myself to go out. I've heard a lot has changed there.

We're not talking about Tulsa though. This is Oklahoma City, the biggest there is in Oklahoma. A bustling nightlife, a great downtown atmosphere, and a nice metro area to live in have me thinking about putting Oklahoma back on my list of destinations I'd be happy living in.

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Full disclosure, I lived in Chandler, AZ. when I was 5-10 years old. I've been back several times to Arizona to attend Spring Training, and I fall in love with it all over again each time I'm there.

Sure, I get it. Summer temps are consistently over 100 degrees, but hey, it's a dry heat. It's manageable. The vibe of Phoenix and its metro area is nearly unmatched. Not too big, not too small. PLENTY to do, and with four major sports teams in the city, it's a place I'd move back to in a heartbeat.

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Checking in at number nine on the list of places Amarillo is moving to is the Denver area. I did three tours of duty in Colorado, two of them in the Denver area for about 10-11 years of my life. When I first lived there, it wasn't really my speed. Quiet, slow, and mountainous. Not my kind of place. I was young, however, so things change.

There are some downsides depending on how you look at it though. Denver is a bit of a busier city these days. There always seems to be traffic in areas where there never was when I was growing up. Colorado has also legalized marijuana, and there are some who live there strictly because of that. It does help make the population very diverse though.

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I love Austin. I can't say it enough. Apparently, former Amarillo residents agree. Austin and its surrounding areas are bustling with new jobs, and huge companies like Tesla are moving in. That creates a TON of jobs in this absolutely beautiful city.

Sure, it's a jam-packed city these days with how many people have moved there, but all the different lakes and rivers, the beautifully lit downtown skyline at night, and the BBQ are all things worth moving to Austin for. Back in 2021, there were 121 people from Amarillo that started a new job in Austin, and that number most certainly has not gone down.

Google Answers the Top 10 Questions About Amarillo

I love Google. It can literally answer ANYTHING you need it to answer. Whether it's right or wrong is a totally different question.

Recently, I found myself wondering about something and went to Google. And that's when I started noticing the "people also asked..." section and BOY...Some of them made perfect sense, some of them were interesting, and one of them was downright baffling...and it was a top 10 question which is even more absurd.

So let's see what we've got. Here's the top 10 questions as asked to Google about Amarillo.

Say You're From Amarillo Without Saying You're From Amarillo

Amarillo is a pretty quirky place. We've got the Big Texan, the weird signs, and (obviously) the famed Cadillac Ranch. But more than that, there's a distinct culture of close-knit community, eccentrics, a thriving arts scene, and much more.

The point is, living in Amarillo is a unique experience. Because of that, it's really pretty easy to tell who's a native or a long-time resident. And I can prove it.

Here's a couple of ways you can say you're from Amarillo.....without saying you're from Amarillo.

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