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Old 02-07-2013, 03:33 AM
Location: Manchester - UK
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We are looking to emigrate to the USA from the UK. We have 2 young children 7 & 12 and are looking for advice on which are the best areas for safe family life, thats close to the coast. I have a job that will be based around NY, NJ, CT, VA, MA, MD...Good community, low crime & schooling are at the top of our list. We have looked at Rhode Island, New London, Trumbull, Burlington, Stamford...the list goes on...looking in the region of $350,000...All help would be appreciated....Thanks
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:21 AM
Location: Coastal Northeast
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Do you need to commute to work?
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:35 AM
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If you will be driving, instead of flying, you should choose to live relatively near an interstate highway exit. If you will be flying to work, choose to live near a "hub" airport - one that a local airline flies nonstops to all the locations you need to visit. When balancing cost of housing, quality of life, and good schools, most people would choose to live in the suburbs, as opposed to inner cities or rural areas. Cost of housing in the Boston or New York suburbs is very high. A website that can help is called Greatschools - it ranks school quality on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best. Anything above a 7 or so should be okay.

BWI airport, near Baltimore, MD, is a hub for an airline called Southwest, so it would have nonstops to everywhere you need to go, yet also have relatively affordable housing available. Bradley airport north of Hartford is an easy to use airport with towns with good schools and housing in your range nearby, but Bradley is not a regional hub, so you'd end up changing planes. If you're driving, the Hartford area has two major interstate routes that go through it, and has good suburban towns with decent schools and housing in your range, but the area is a bit toward the north of your range.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by kidyankee764 View Post
Do you need to commute to work?
Important question, since your towns listed are literally all over the map. Do you need to commute to an office? Regular access to an airport to fly for business?

There are TONS of great places to live, we just need to narrow down a geographic area.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:51 AM
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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$350,000 won't get you much in Stamford. If you have to drive a lot for your work I wouldn't recommend Stamford at all, as it gets congested around there. $350k get you a small house in Trumbull. With that budget in CT around FFC, look at towns like Bethel, Brookfield, Monroe, Shelton, Milford, Orange, etc.

Burlington is WAY out of the way of everything.

You could also look in the Hartford area and east of New Haven. Towns like Wethersfield, Marlborough, Newington, Branford, North Haven, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme offer a lot of value for your budget.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:59 PM
Location: Connecticut
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I do not understand what you mean by your job will be based around NY, NJ, CT, MA, VA and MD. Are these states you could move to or do you have to be able to get to them easily. Virginia and Maryland are next to each other but are not near NY, NJ, CT and MA. Would you be commuting to an office in one of these states? That said I would recommend living in the Hartford, Connecticut area. It is a nice midsized city with a lot to offer and you can get a very nice home for your money there in a town with good schools for your children. There is a good sized airpot so you could get to VA and MD fairly easily and you are not far from MA, NJ and NY. Still clarification of your needs would help. Jay
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