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Old 03-01-2015, 07:28 PM
 
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I'm a 32 year old single guy. I have a good job currently in Indianapolis but also an opportunity to move to Tucson with a 20% higher salary. My job market is competitive, once I leave my Indy job, I probably can never go back.

Is it worth going to Tucson for a 32 year old single guy, or I'm I better off in Indy?

My family leave 3.5 hours drive in Michigan and I do at least visit them once monthly.

One thing I'm scared is leaving a big city like Indy and ending up in a desert ghost town.

Criteria:
weather
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single life
young and vibrant city
job market
diversity
projected job market
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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I'm a 32 year old single guy. I have a good job currently in Indianapolis but also an opportunity to move to Tucson with a 20% higher salary. My job market is competitive, once I leave my Indy job, I probably can never go back.

Is it worth going to Tucson for a 32 year old single guy, or I'm I better off in Indy?

My family leave 3.5 hours drive in Michigan and I do at least visit them once monthly.

One thing I'm scared is leaving a big city like Indy and ending up in a desert ghost town.

Criteria:
weather
bordem
single life
young and vibrant city
job market
diversity
projected job market
You say you visit your family in Michigan monthly. Is proximity to that family not a criteria or something you value?
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:17 PM
 
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well I can always catch a 6 hour flight. No big deal.

I just want to know which city is better to live in
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Old 03-02-2015, 06:17 PM
 
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At 32 you better sow your wild oats quickly! Just sayin'...

Tucson has a huge university and plenty of young attractive people. If that's not enough, Phoenix is just up the highway. I'd take the job and get to know Tucson!
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:06 AM
 
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Tucson is very laid back ,kinda slow paced.But, the weather is nice. I would suggest taking a trip to Tucson and see what kind of vibe you get.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Westside Grand Rapids
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Tucson has beautiful dessert scenery, but is mediocre at best as a city/metro area. Tis one of the few cities I actually didn't care for. If you want better winter weather you will be fine. If you value good cities you will miss Indy. Either way if you take the job in Tucson it takes about 6-9 months to adjust to the desert beauty when you're used to the dense greenery east of the Mississippi.
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I'm a 32 year old single guy. I have a good job currently in Indianapolis but also an opportunity to move to Tucson with a 20% higher salary. My job market is competitive, once I leave my Indy job, I probably can never go back.

Is it worth going to Tucson for a 32 year old single guy, or I'm I better off in Indy?

My family leave 3.5 hours drive in Michigan and I do at least visit them once monthly.

One thing I'm scared is leaving a big city like Indy and ending up in a desert ghost town.

Criteria:
weather
bordem
single life
young and vibrant city
job market
diversity
projected job market
Tuscon wins on weather, thats about it. Its decently vibrant, but nothing to write home about. If I were you, I would stay in Indy. I think Indy offers more, and is an overall nicer city, IMO. Good luck!
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:20 PM
 
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I deeply appreciate everyones thoughts. This is a gut wrenching decsion for me. Not 100% sure what to do. Any more additonal thoughts and experiences would be a tremendous help.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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I grew up in Tucson and spent most of my twenties in the Midwest. Personally, I would move to Indy in a heartbeat. If my parents were to drop dead, I'd consider moving to Tucson for my dream job, but it wouldn't my first choice. But while my folks are still kicking, I'm staying far away.

Anyway...

In terms of weather, it's going to be a matter of taste. I prefer Indy because it doesn't really see extremes, you get four seasons, and none last too long. In Tucson, the heat starts in late March, and you'll find yourself going pretty crazy come late September when it's still in the upper-90s. Also, due to the summer monsoons (early-July to mid-September), you will see humidity levels rise. Winters in Tucson are not as nice as many think. Yes, the high temperatures are in the upper-60's and low-70's, but it dips down to around freezing at night. I remember having the heat on in my car while driving to school in the morning and then having the AC on for the ride home. As a result, your body never acclimates itself to the cold, as it does in colder climates. Nonetheless snow, earthquakes, and tropical storms are rare, there's very little gloom, and tornados are practically nonexistent.

In terms of things to do, I'd say it's a tie. Tucson has more to offer in terms of the outdoors, college sports, and community events. Indy is better in terms of professional sports, museums, food, and bars. On the topic of food, Tucson is seriously lacking tenderloin sandwiches. While, Indy is seriously lacking Sonoran hotdogs (they're amazing--you need to try one if you visit!).

In term of single life, if you're under 25 (or over 65), go with Tucson; if you're over 25, go with Indy. Tucson is a college town in a state that does not have a particularly diverse economy. Many people come to Arizona for college and return to their home states (usually California). In fact, every last one of my friends from high school have since left the state (mostly to Southern California, the Bay Area, Seattle, and Austin). There are lots of college kids, grad students, and single dudes in the military in Tucson, but otherwise there are not all that many single, young professionals. But, again, I don't know what you're looking for in girl- (or boy-) friend.

Young and vibrant city. Indy has three cool bar districts (Fountain Square, Broad Ripple, and Mass Ave), while Tucson only has one: 4th Ave. Though, 4th Ave. is definetly the most urban, walkable, vibrant neighborhood in the Southwest.

Job market. Indy. No question. Tucson's infrastructure is horrible and the educational system is worse. The economy is sluggish, unemployment is high, and the there is little diversity in terms of industry. There also isn't much money in Tucson.

Diversity. Tucson wins here. There's a very strong Mexican American community and sizable South Asian, Middle Eastern, Jewish, and East Asian communities. Tucson is an interesting mix of academics and military folks; tea party patriots and environmentalists; hippies and hunters; old people and young immigrants; evangelicals, Mormons, and atheists.

Projected job market. Probably Indy. I can't see Tucson getting its act together anytime soon. While Austin, Atlanta, and Raleigh are booming, Tucson is only really attracting retirees.

Despite the fact that I'd lean more toward Indy, Tucson does have a very low cost of living (particularly in regards to housing). That 20% pay raise would, I'm sure, get you far!

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Old 03-03-2015, 10:11 PM
 
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Tucson has higher crime.
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