I'm planning far into the future, but I am currently an EMT and looking at going to Paramedic school after I graduate college. EMS career opportunities are a bit sparse in the Northeast, so I'm looking all over the country. Some places I've been looking at include Seattle-King County (I will probably make a thread at a later date) and Boston, but I'm close enough to it (CT) that I can go up there and visit. Austin-Travis County EMS is one of the top municipal EMS systems in the country, so I'm interested in possibly applying with them and having the privilege to work for them in the future. That said, I am from New England, and I've never visited Tx before. What is Austin like? Cost of living? How about the county itself? Crime rates? Nice areas to live?