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Old 02-06-2013, 06:48 AM
 
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My wife and I are former lifelong residents who moved to Florida, and for many reasons, are in the process off making a move back to the Northeast in the next few months. If you have read any of my previous posts, you will get my thoughts on Florida, but basically, we really don't care for it here at all. To each his own, I guess. We are, without a doubt, returning to New England. My wife has the oppurtunity of choosing several locations for a transfer, all of which are in New England. We've thought about all of them, Vermont, New Hampshire, Mass, even Maine. We kinda ruled out Rhode Island as she would be going to Providence. Never really cared for that area of Rhode Island, maybe I'm wrong. I've caught glimpses on the web of CT's ongoing battle with budgets, high taxes and gas prices, and lack of jobs. It was the story when we left 3 years ago, but it seems that had been the story for years. Would like to get a feel for what everyone is thinking about the future in CT.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:03 AM
 
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Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the Northeast and Vermont is lowest. That said, job availability in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine might be an issue as they are fairly remote states.

Connecticut is arguably the most expensive overall, but Massachusetts is not far behind (if at all).

Where in CT would you move?
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Throughout the recession, Connecticut's economy did better than most of the rest of the country. It is only recently that our unemployment rate went above the national average. This is primarily because historically we are always slower to recover than other states (we also get hit by downturns later than other states). Despite our problems I believe Connecticut will come back and remain strong for years. Only you and your wife can decide what areas is best for you. Good luck, Jay
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:52 AM
 
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I have lived in other states (including Florida and Vermont) and settled down in CT.

Vermont and Maine will not have the employment opportunities that you will find in CT. I'll speak to VT, since that's what I know, but you don't get all of that charm without paying a price. The lack of development makes the state beautiful but also makes it very tough to employ the population. Burlington is an island unto itself and NOT representative of the rest of the state, regarding employment or culture. Burlington is your best bet for finding a job but still tough (depending on your field, of course). Also, in my experience, the salaries are lower than CT but cost of living in many areas is the same (housing costs). . The second home market really puts VT natives at a disadvantage. That said, it is a beautiful state and I enjoy visiting there often to hike, camp, ski, etc. but I just could not afford what I consider a comfortable lifestyle there.

No one can tell you if CT is right for you. I moved around the country willingly with my job, lived in some neat places, but to me New England is just home. I am happy in CT, it was the right choice for me, but obviously your miles may vary. There is no utopia with low unemployment, low taxes, low gasoline prices, high salaries, no budget issues, yet in a great location with every amenity you could ever want. It’s just not happening. Something has to give. You need to find what you are willing to compromise. For me, I am willing to pay for a higher cost of living (than the south, for instance) in order to realize what I think is the strength of this area: access to world class cities, high paying jobs, great public education, within 6-8 hours of TONS of cool stuff (DC to Montreal; mountains to ocean)…you need to find your compromise.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the Northeast and Vermont is lowest. That said, job availability in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine might be an issue as they are fairly remote states.

Connecticut is arguably the most expensive overall, but Massachusetts is not far behind (if at all).

Where in CT would you move?
That's not true. Much higher unemployment rates can be found in the southern half of NJ (Atlantic City, Ocean City, etc.). I think Utica, NY is worse than RI as well. But if you're talking about large metros only, then yes, it would be Providence, RI.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:58 AM
 
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That's not true. Much higher unemployment rates can be found in the southern half of NJ (Atlantic City, Ocean City, etc.). I think Utica, NY is worse than RI as well. But if you're talking about large metros only, then yes, it would be Providence, RI.
I'm talking about states. Rhode Island is the highest at over 10%.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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I'm talking about states. Rhode Island is the highest at over 10%.
Lol, in fact, RI is tied for the worst unemployment rate in the nation, with Nevada:

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Old 02-06-2013, 10:13 AM
 
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Lol, in fact, RI is tied for the worst unemployment rate in the nation, with Nevada:

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*sigh* I meant states in the Northeast.

But either way, RI is not a place to try to find a job right now.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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*sigh* I meant states in the Northeast.

But either way, RI is not a place to try to find a job right now.
Kind of a shame, because if Charlotte doesn't work out for me, I was planning to move to the Providence area with no job. That was my backup plan.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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My wife and I grew up and lived in Central CT. I spent most of my time working at my business at the shore....Westbrook/Old Saybrook. I could be in business again tomorrow as I have developed more of a friendship over the years with my customers, all of whom are the ones convincing me to come back. My wife jumped ship and went from a state employee to the Federal Govt a few years ago. Believe it or not, state employment became to political and she was getting tired of it, much more so than the Fed Govt. One thing I can tell you is out of all our friends, relatives, former co-workers, etc., the only ones that are truly happy about CT with no complaints whatsoever, are a handful of people we know who work for the state. Makes me wonder a little, but we can save that for another debate!

My wife could transfer to New Haven, so moving to the shoreline would be the place for us. I would say from Guilford to Saybrook is where we would end up. I know the Q bridge is a nightmare but I thought that was getting re-built? I know VT and realize aside from it's beauty, it is a very hard place to survive unless your independently wealthy. Right now we are looking into New Hampshire to be honest. We would end up outside of Manchester area. There, you have the mountains and the New Hampshire coast. Property taxes, gas prices, all seem reasonable compared to CT. Wages are good, and there is no sales or income tax. Not to mention, the schools are ranked one of the best in the country. Kinda inviting I have to admit. Of all I dislike about Florida, the couple good things are no income tax and none of those ridiculous personal property taxes. I really didn't mind leaving those behind
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