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Old 10-19-2018, 11:37 AM
 
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I am planning to move back to the US after spending the last 5 years in France. The only problem is, I don't quite know where to start. I majored in Computer Science and minored in Cybersecurity, so I would need to live in a place with Tech jobs (or I could telecommute, but that is another topic). Most of America's tech cities are very expensive (SanFran, Seattle, Boston, ect), so I would like some advice on finding something at least a little more manageable (mid size probably).

What I would Like:
Tech Jobs
A Strong Art Community (I do ballet, so a good ballet company is a must)
Homes (preferably with a yard) that are somewhat affordable ($500k max)
Parks and Greenspaces, If possible some lakes or ocean access
Low Violent Crime Rate (I live alone, so this is fairly important)
LGBT friendly

What I would Prefer to Avoid:
Hot Weather
High Rates of Violent Crime
Boredom (I'm not really a bar/club kind of girl, but I would like something to do)

Bonus Points for alternative fashion and good tea houses.

If it helps, I have family in TN and NJ who may be able to help I find a place.
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:43 AM
 
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I am planning to move back to the US after spending the last 5 years in France. The only problem is, I don't quite know where to start. I majored in Computer Science and minored in Cybersecurity, so I would need to live in a place with Tech jobs (or I could telecommute, but that is another topic). Most of America's tech cities are very expensive (SanFran, Seattle, Boston, ect), so I would like some advice on finding something at least a little more manageable (mid size probably).

What I would Like:
Tech Jobs
A Strong Art Community (I do ballet, so a good ballet company is a must)
Homes (preferably with a yard) that are somewhat affordable ($500k max)
Parks and Greenspaces, If possible some lakes or ocean access
Low Violent Crime Rate (I live alone, so this is fairly important)
LGBT friendly

What I would Prefer to Avoid:
Hot Weather
High Rates of Violent Crime
Boredom (I'm not really a bar/club kind of girl, but I would like something to do)

Bonus Points for alternative fashion and good tea houses.

If it helps, I have family in TN and NJ who may be able to help I find a place.
Minneapolis
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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Minneapolis-St Paul area sounds like a great option. It has a very strong economy and lots of the typical city amenities.

Highlights:
-Homes with your budget are very nice
-Lakes are very accessible. Lake Superior is only 2.5 hours away if your want something oceany.
-Parks are everywhere
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:47 AM
 
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Albany comes to mind and you can take the train into NYC about 2/2 and a half hours away, while being close enough to family in NJ. $500k gets you a lot in the area and the area fits much of the criteria. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tech_Valley

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Old 10-19-2018, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Brookline
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Pittsburgh could also work:


Ballet: https://www.pbt.org/
Arts: https://trustarts.org/
Tech Jobs: https://pghcareerconnector.com/ Plus we have Google, Uber, Amazon, and a multitude of smaller companies in the area
Parks: https://www.pittsburghparks.org/
Housing is affordable and there are plenty of safe neighborhoods. Yards in the city are not very large, but in the suburbs there are places with largers lots.


Overall its a safe city with lots to do. Between the booming restaurant scene, along with a lot of arts and cultural events there is always something to do. Its can be hot and humid in the summer, but nothing that lasts for months or is intolerable. Everyone thinks its a conservative area, but its more of a mind your business kind of area so its pretty accepting of pretty much anything and everything in the city and most suburbs.
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:45 PM
 
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Dallas, Austin, or Minneapolis. I choose Dallas because there is value in size and the corporate landscape is very large. In other words, you have multiple types of companies and career paths to choose from.

Do you like hot or cold weather. I'll say this, the super HOT time in Dallas only lasts about 3 weeks. Other than that, it's livable year round.

Minneapolis will stay colder for much longer and you'll get more of that confined feeling.
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Old 10-19-2018, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Philly seems like a great option and close to NJ.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:28 PM
 
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Dallas, Austin, or Minneapolis. I choose Dallas because there is value in size and the corporate landscape is very large. In other words, you have multiple types of companies and career paths to choose from.

Do you like hot or cold weather. I'll say this, the super HOT time in Dallas only lasts about 3 weeks. Other than that, it's livable year round.

Minneapolis will stay colder for much longer and you'll get more of that confined feeling.
1. OP states that they're not looking for hot weather.

2. Also, day time highs are in the 90s in Dallas for 4-5 months. Even locals who are accustomed to the heat would scoff at your 3 weeks estimate. Did you mean 3 months? Or by "super hot" do you mean over 100? There were 23 such days in 2018. (In 2011, we had 71). Worth taking into account, however, is that overnight lows during summer are very high. It often doesn't get below 90 until after midnight. For most folks, DFW has brutally hot and annoying summers.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Dallas, Austin, or Minneapolis. I choose Dallas because there is value in size and the corporate landscape is very large. In other words, you have multiple types of companies and career paths to choose from.

Do you like hot or cold weather. I'll say this, the super HOT time in Dallas only lasts about 3 weeks. Other than that, it's livable year round.

Minneapolis will stay colder for much longer and you'll get more of that confined feeling.
That's the funniest thing I've heard all week. Dallas's average high is 90 or above for a solid three months, and with the humidity the overnight lows are consistently in the upper 60s-upper 70s. June-September in DFW sucks big time. Austin is even worse, but at least it has an exponentially better natural setting than DFW.

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Old 10-20-2018, 02:58 AM
 
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Atlanta.
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