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Old 09-19-2010, 02:02 PM
 
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Default Suggestions for relocating AWAY from AZ Please

My husband and I have lived in AZ for most of our lives. We really do love it...but are very much ready for a change. We have a young school-age child so are looking for a family friendly spot with great schools. We currently live in Cave Creek, AZ. He is in IT and I am in the Software industry.

Must haves:
- change of seasons
- affordable cost of living
- small town feel close to a large city
- Good schools/family community
- great outdoor amenities
- Jobs!

I know a lot of folks in AZ area are transplants so if you come from someplace you would consider moving back to...would love to hear about it. Thanks for taking the time to respond!
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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My husband and I have lived in AZ for most of our lives. We really do love it...but are very much ready for a change. We have a young school-age child so are looking for a family friendly spot with great schools. We currently live in Cave Creek, AZ. He is in IT and I am in the Software industry.

Must haves:
- change of seasons
- affordable cost of living
- small town feel close to a large city
- Good schools/family community
- great outdoor amenities
- Jobs!

I know a lot of folks in AZ area are transplants so if you come from someplace you would consider moving back to...would love to hear about it. Thanks for taking the time to respond!
Interesting approach, AZHiker . . .

I relocated to Arizona from California and I would NEVER recommend any portion of that state to anyone.

On the positive . . . have you considered Reno, Nevada or St George, Utah?
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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I moved to Arizona in 1996 from California. I was born in California.

Although the good parts of California are expensive, the public schools tend to be better than Arizona's public schools - something to keep in mind. Unfortunately, the more expensive it is to live, the better the schools. IIRC, Manhattan Beach has good schools.

Yes weather is a factor. I'm from Northern California, so I tend to like the higher abundance of rain in Northern California than Southern California.

I have no children so I am not really savvy on where it's all family-friendly. I'm focused on single-friendly areas.

Here is my list of places I like, and they are not in any particular order:
South Bay (Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, PVE).
Santa Monica and Venice Beach
Laguna Niguel
La Jolla
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz
San Francisco
Berkeley (wll places to the east where it's safer)
Mendocino

I'm torn between the affordability of Phoenix and the permanent return to great weather and to have a pair of California plates on my car. Sure the sales taxes are high, but I already work in LA and am used to them.

I'm in software as well. Software is still fine in southern Californla.

I'm not sure about other states in case you are considering them. I think Phoenix software opportunities are stronger than many neighboring states still.

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My husband and I have lived in AZ for most of our lives. We really do love it...but are very much ready for a change. We have a young school-age child so are looking for a family friendly spot with great schools. We currently live in Cave Creek, AZ. He is in IT and I am in the Software industry.

Must haves:
- change of seasons
- affordable cost of living
- small town feel close to a large city
- Good schools/family community
- great outdoor amenities
- Jobs!

I know a lot of folks in AZ area are transplants so if you come from someplace you would consider moving back to...would love to hear about it. Thanks for taking the time to respond!
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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Move to hell, it's got to be cooler than the last few days in AZ
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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Welcome to the forum AZHiker123

I'd suggest you head to the Minnesota forum based
on your list

Must haves:
- change of seasons
- affordable cost of living
- small town feel close to a large city
- Good schools/family community
- great outdoor amenities
- Jobs!
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: In a little valley under the Rim
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I agree with Mouser regarding Minnesota. Excellent schools, lower cost of living than here (I think). Is IBM still in Rochester?
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Minnesota: nine months of winter, followed by 3 months of rain. Enjoy!
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:59 PM
 
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check out eugene oregon, they have seasons and jobs and everything else on your list
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:10 AM
 
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Check out Boise, lots of transplants from Arizona here. Only issue may be jobs, most of the IT jobs in Boise tend to be hardware related because of HP and Micron. May want to look at Micron, know a couple of people that work there and they are always telling me how hard it is for them to recruit new employees.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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Check out Charlotte, NC....my hometown.....fits your description to a tee.....Family oriented/Change of seasons/Settled....all the things that Im not....That why Im looking to move out your way.....Love Love Love it....Phoenix cannot be beat.....But can understand why you want to move....You've been there a while, just as myself and Charlotte. So much to do in Phoenix.....
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