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Old 03-26-2015, 12:10 PM
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Hi everyone,
I am a 23 year old female living in Philadelphia PA planning to make my long dreamed of move to the West of the U.S.!

The only problem is I can't decide where to fully dive into my job search because I haven't yet decided where exactly I want to live. I am hoping some of you can shed some light for me and provide some insight.

I would like to go somewhere accessible to the mountains and national parks, with a liberal, open-minded, friendly and loving vibe where it'd be easy to make friends and I am hoping to find a job in the non-profit sector but that is not necessarily the deciding factor. I am open to other types of jobs as long as I can support myself and be happy where I am. I have a college education and most of my work experience is in the social services sector. I'd love to continue pursuing that but plan to eventually return to school for my Master's so I can have a more specialized career.

Because I grew up in PA, I am used to the cold and it typically doesn't bother me and I think it makes it an entirely different experience if you are surrounded by gorgeous mountains, However, I prefer the warmth and sunshine and love places in North California, but the cost of living seems way too high.

Just so you know, Colorado is off-limits, unfortunately, because my father lives there and I do not want to be anywhere near him. Please keep your comments to yourself about this aspect!

Here are some places I have been looking at:
-Bend Oregon
-Eugene Oregon
- Portland Oregon (though I am leaning away from here because of the pretentious hipsters and high costs/unemployment
- Bozeman Montana
-Missoula Montana
-Santa Cruz California
-Arcata California
-Salt lake city Utah

I don't really ski, but just love to be around the mountains. I really just love to hike and explore nature. I also just want to meet other young people and make friends with other liberal, like minded people. I prefer the hippie mentality more than the hipster mentality. I want access to a medium size city with job opportunities but want the benefits of nature and wide open-spaces at my fingertips.

Please provide any suggestions you can think of, and any feedback on the aforementioned places.

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Old 03-26-2015, 12:18 PM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by jessco1020 View Post
...and I am hoping to find a job in the non-profit sector but that is not necessarily the deciding factor.
For MOST it is the single most important decifing factor aligning with specific experience/education.
If you're independently wealthy or similar... then any of the choices should be fine.

Please provide any suggestions....
Start with the greater San Francisco area.
Poke around some and travel eastward for as long as it takes to find what suits.
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