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Old 02-20-2015, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Chandler,AZ
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Im Dan and Im 26 .Really trying to be out of Ohio by next winter and having a hard time finding my ideal area . I've searched and researched info on various climates , life , costs for various areas in the southeast . My ideal climate is Phoenix weather but trying to stay a little closer to my family . Some of my requirements and criteria include : Carolinas, Georgia , maybe northern Florida , Texas?.

I hate , hate the damn cold and snow here , along with rain but thats do-able if its not extreme . Prefer as little rain as possible though thats hard to find in the south. I have never been west past Indiana

I have no spouse or kids to hold me back , not much materialistic things

I have a retail / automotive / warehouse / delivery background for work

Need to have a Casino within 2 hours or so . Also love amusement parks .

I love the outdoors / mountains hiking . Ive never beem to the coast either , but would love to visit

if this thread belongs elsewhere please let me know, thanks
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:22 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Are you asking for opinions of where to move?

If yes, it would be helpful for people to know your rental/purchase budget as cost of housing wildly varies in the places you listed.

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Old 02-20-2015, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Chandler,AZ
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Sorry , yes i should have included that . I would most likely just room share . Nothing fancy, but nothing ghetto . Giving my work background, I would expect to pay less than 600 monthly if I lived by myself plus utilities
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Perhaps North Virginia would work for you.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Chandler,AZ
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Too cold during winter and probably too much snow for me
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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keep in mind there is no ideal place. The closer it gets to 'ideal', the more expensive it'll be.

I'd suggest you put off the move another year and spend this time exploring. Use your vacation time going to a couple places and see what the vibes are. It may look good on paper but some things just can't be written.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:11 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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There are a bunch of casinos in and very close to Palm Springs, CA
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:39 AM
 
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Hey popwar,

Finding Phoenix outside of the Southwest won't happen, I know, I researched the country for over a year. Phoenix is unique because it combines low elevation, massive sunshine and low humidity. There is no option for low humidity and low elevation in the Eastern half of the country.

If you're willing to move all the way to the South Coast, you would really only visit family by flying anyway. If that's the case, it may be better to choose a city that is a great fit for you and that has an airport with heavy traffic so you can always find a convenient flight. One city that has a great airport and has the same climate as Phoenix in the Southwest is... Phoenix. The cost of living there isn't absurd, though it isn't super cheap either. If you wanted another southwest option where you won't absolutely bake but without those God awful winters, you may want to look at Denver and Albuquerque. Despite being at around 5000 feet, the winters in Denver are much better than the Midwest and the winters in Albuquerque are downright mild. (Average high around 50 in the coldest month plus plenty of strong sunshine = not so bad) Denver and Phoenix have the best options for flying back to visit family as needed.

In my opinion, you should probably move to Phoenix or Tucson. Tucson is about an hour or two from Phoenix, but if you are only flying back once or twice a year the drive isn't too bad. Realistically, once people move they usually realize it is a waste to fly back to the hell hole that often (more than 2x per year) to visit family that don't want to relocate out of the area.
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:52 PM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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It depends on many factors. Are you a gun owner? Are you a global - warming type. Do you like to fish?
We spent 19-years looking for a place to retire and it had to be below the snow belt for sure. I want boating weather 10 months a year.
If you're good at what you do, you'll find a job anywhere. I moved across country several times. I moved from Virginia to Louisiana via Chicago in my twenties. Always found making new friends and learning my way around a new area was energizing.
I have family in Arizona, but would think hard about moving to an area that depends on the Colorado River for water.
Best of luck.
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:41 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Dan, you should start with a job. Start researching where jobs that would suit you are. JM2c.

Parts - Volusia Motorsports, Inc

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