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Old 05-29-2011, 05:43 PM
 
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Hello,

Long time lurker and first time poster here... I am a twenty-something and looking for advice on what the town of Jamestown is like... What is there to do and what are some statistics? I have a job opportunity there and from the looks of the information I have gathered, it seems to me that there is no life there. lol

So now I need actual people who know about the surrounding areas to weight in their opinions... Please advice me which parts of town is best suited to live in, what to do, some statistics, average prices for a 1bed apartment, and places of interest... Thanks again for your advice!

**A little about me, I live in a small town in NorCal and I have always wanted to move to a bigger city with a lot of diverse, younger, cosmopolitan crowd mixed in, in which cost of living is slightly cheaper than typical big cities like SF.
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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,,,A little about me, I live in a small town in NorCal and I have always wanted to move to a bigger city with a lot of diverse, younger, cosmopolitan crowd mixed in, in which cost of living is slightly cheaper than typical big cities like SF.
Jamestown, Sonora and all of Tuolumne county is nowhere like anyone would call a "bigger city".

Most youth leave for greener pastures as there is no work or things to do.
The area is based on lumber and tourism. Rich in folk music.
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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What Ferretkona said.My sister and BIL live in Sonora and he has to commute to the Bay Area (yes!) for work because they can't sell their house. Sonora is not that big but because it's a regional shopping/business center the traffic in mornings and evenings is AWFUL. IF you could be more explicit about how big a town you want to live in, that would help.
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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We were living in Jamestown, I had to drive to Clovis for work. 120 miles each way. With todays gas prices it is not productive.
Jamestown has a population of about 800, Sonora has 2000.
There has been a lot of construction of late building McMansions. So the numbers are off a bit I am sure.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Gold Country is heavily dependent on tourism, so there's more to do than you might think based on size... Unfortunately, it's all things that tourists do. Eat, drink, shop (nick nacks and crafts). Good amount of live music and some small theater companies. There's some wineries and ranches that are interesting to visit. Tons of outdoor activities, hiking, mountain biking, lakes, horseback riding, pretend gold mining. Close to the Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley ski resorts.

But yeah, it's pretty quite and caters to an older and more family friendly crowd than a diverse cosmopolitan young one.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Most youth leave for greener pastures as there is no work or things to do.
That is what I assumed. I live in a similar city north of Sacramento where there is not much to do either, other than farming. lol

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IF you could be more explicit about how big a town you want to live in, that would help.
Right now, I am weighing my options. I really want to live somewhere that is commutable to SF or closer to the bay area that is also cheap, as I am still a fairly new college grad with entry level income. I was planning on living somewhere in the middle between SF and Jamestown. Perhaps, are there any cities in between that are decent and affordable?
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Not really. There's Stockton, Modesto, and Tracy. But they aren't that nice and are an hour plus from both Jamestown and the Bay Area. Is this job going to pay enough to make a 50-60 mile commute worth while?
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:00 PM
 
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Oops, sorry for the delete, I should have simply edited.

I'm familiar with the area, we have friends there. It's not big-city at all... and not near a big city, unless you consider Modesto big. It's about 2 1/2 hours from San Fran, and I know that some people do commute that far for work (eek). It's beautiful, but it's not a good place for a young person who loves city life. There's not even a Target.

Last edited by KayElleCee; 11-07-2013 at 05:01 PM.. Reason: Mistake
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Oops, sorry for the delete, I should have simply edited.

I'm familiar with the area, we have friends there. It's not big-city at all... and not near a big city, unless you consider Modesto big. It's about 2 1/2 hours from San Fran, and I know that some people do commute that far for work (eek). It's beautiful, but it's not a good place for a young person who loves city life. There's not even a Target.
Pretty funny! My wife broke her leg recently and we've had to go to the big city of Sonora a couple of times in the past month. I think Target is just about the only big box store that the area doesn't have!

But I also remember back in the early 70's when there was only one traffic light in Sonora too! Seems like there's 50 of them now.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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There has been a lot of construction of late building McMansions.http://www.qmyksawayaa.com/06.jpg
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