I'm looking to move to the U.S. from Europe, I'm torn between Texas or Arizona but I think I'd prefer the heat and dryness of AZ as opposed to humidity in TX. From what I'm reading via internet I get the impression Phoenix would be the safer (we were looking into the Austin area in TX). The downside is housing is soooo much more expensive in AZ. I've never been to either place but I'm tired of attached housing, detached houses are not affordable where we currently live ( a basic bungalow starts at about $400,000) and I'm tired of not feeling safe. I've been dealing with increasing vandalism and increasing costs for too long. I'm flexible on work (administrative along with accounting) so the main factors are cost of living, weather and safety. No children, my husband and I are both mid 40's looking for some privacy and peace of mind. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated. Has anyone moved from one place to the other, have you visited both places, what's your experience or preference. Which would you recommend and why? Thanks for any input in this life changing decision.