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Old 04-13-2015, 10:59 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

Which city, Seattle or Chicago, would be better for a 55 year old SWF who is an immigrant with not very good English?

She doesn't drive, has a (now useless) degree in Economics, goes to a community college to take English classes but it's coming to her very slowly. Factors to consider are:

- public transit (probably similar?)
- cost of living in a safe area (I heard that Chicago is cheaper but when researching the prices in both cities COL in safe Chicago neighborhoods seemed to be very similar to Seattle, if not higher)
- ease of finding a job. She used to work in a retail store in clothing department and loved it but had to move, and it's tough to find a similar job in the city where she lives right now.
- preferably a city where she could meet other people easily and make friends.


Before anyone jumps on the immigration issue, this woman is NOT a freeloader but a hard working person who completely supports herself financially in the absence of a job at the moment. She volunteers at different organizations, appreciates of the privilege of living in the US and is trying to give back to this country as much as she can, so please be considerate when responding
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:18 AM
 
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To which of the two cities does she have any ties but public transportation - ethnic groups, food, weather, religion, .... A coke of hours with a good language coach or even Rosetta Stone may boost her English.
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:43 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

Which city, Seattle or Chicago, would be better for a 55 year old SWF who is an immigrant with not very good English?

She doesn't drive, has a (now useless) degree in Economics, goes to a community college to take English classes but it's coming to her very slowly. Factors to consider are...
See above
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