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Old 01-04-2012, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by daniel_gabriel View Post
Hi all,
we are looking to move from DC to the west (not necessarily west coast). There are many threads on this forum that are similar, and we've already done a lot of research - but I want to find out what other places are an option.

We are a white couple in our early thirties with no kids (but hopefully soon). We are pretty liberal. What we are looking for:
-fairly safe place
-not too expensive
-fairly dry climate (sensitive joints)
-somewhere in suburbia
-within 30-45 minutes of a city that has computer jobs
-we'll be living on a single ~$100,000 salary for the first half a year or so

I hope this criteria is not too tight. We've already looked at the areas surrounding San Diego (a little too expensive for our 1 salary). San Francisco/San Jose are both WAY out of our range. Phoenix sounds affordable, but questionable due to their sheriff (I know it's not California, but we considered it).

What other areas should we check out? Any suggestions?
Rancho Bernardo, CA,,,near San Diego. Nice place, dry, affordable housing and pretty area.
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:55 PM
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Boise, ID?
Living's cheap but i don't know about the job scene.
The winters aren't bad and it sure is dry in Idaho.
Salt Lake City?
Yeah, it's Mormon country but there are many non and "jack" Mormons and it's a beautiful and safe city.
Again, i don't know about the job scene.
Some of the best skiing in the country is a short drive from Salt Lake, ie; Alta and Snowbird.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:16 PM
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Almost forgot. Reno is fairly dry and you arent that far away from California. Cheaper living but still can take weekend trips to the golden state.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:46 AM
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Thanks everyone, that's a pretty nice list. We'll start looking into those places.
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