Well, if a decent paying job and an affordable standard of living mean anything, then Dallas is your better bet. It means nothing of you make $150,000 a year but housing (small at that) is around 2 million dollars (okay, okay, they had a special this week and it's only $1.90 million--but not a penny less). Economically, the DFW area is growing and while traffic can be a pain, at least there is an effort at addressing it. The DFW area is diverse and includes people from all over the country (especially California these days) as well as a large immigrant population. I hope that helps.