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Old 07-13-2010, 01:21 PM
 
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I'm looking to move by the end of 2010 from where I leave in Queens, NY (of which I've lived in my entire life) to somewhere in the Western part of the US. My main criteria is that I will be close by to nature, within a reasonable distance to a western national park and/or at least some open space that the east does not have. However, I realize that I do have to live close or within a small city due to needing to obtain a job in an non-specialized field - to be specific I'm a college grad with job experience solely in administrative work. The only type of weather concern I'd have is that I wouldn't want to live somewhere where it snows excessively. Other than that, I would want to be somewhere fairly liberal, where it's possible to get around by public transportation if need be, and where rental prices aren't through the roof. I also need to be somewhere with a good current job market because I don't have a HUGE amount of money saved.

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Try Albuquerque.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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become a forest ranger...or get a job taking care of the national parks collecting entrance fees.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:37 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Portland or Seattle. California's not worth it. Colorado's become expensive and snows too much in my opinion. Elsewhere liberalism and public transportation can be scarce. My favorite place in the world is Arizona but it's probably not what you're looking for.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Portland or Seattle. California's not worth it. Colorado's become expensive and snows too much in my opinion. Elsewhere liberalism and public transportation can be scarce. My favorite place in the world is Arizona but it's probably not what you're looking for.
I for one think Portland and Seattle are a horrible suggestion if you have never visited the Pacific Northwest. It is overcast A LOT though it actually rains less than a lot of other US cities. The gloominess may be a nuisance after the initial excitement of moving. However, some others love it. It is very outdoorsy though, which you may appreciate. I grew up there and lived there over 20 years, so I have firsthand experience. It is also very isolated.

If you like water, then California is a great option, almost all the others will leave you feeling landlocked.
Denver has a lot to offer, to me the only con would be that it is also pretty isolated. It is in touch with the outdoors though and has a lot more sunshine than the NW.
I personally like the desert a lot so I am for a suggestion to Albuquerque, Phoenix or Tucson. I think you can ignore a lot of the critiques about places being pricey considering you live in Queens. Only LA or SF may be on the same level pricewise...
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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What about San Diego?
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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these are good suggestions for far. I actually have been to the pacific northwest so I do know how much it rains. It is beautiful there, but I'm just not sure about the job situation - especially in Portland - same goes for San Diego. Also, I just got a dog recently and he seems to not like the rain too much. I've never been to Arizona, but have been to Utah, and find the Southwest amazing. So I think Albuquerque does seem like a good contender, and Denver as well. I also like the idea about working at one of the national park entrance gates - maybe I'll look into this more.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:23 PM
 
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these are good suggestions for far. I actually have been to the pacific northwest so I do know how much it rains. It is beautiful there, but I'm just not sure about the job situation - especially in Portland - same goes for San Diego. Also, I just got a dog recently and he seems to not like the rain too much. I've never been to Arizona, but have been to Utah, and find the Southwest amazing. So I think Albuquerque does seem like a good contender, and Denver as well. I also like the idea about working at one of the national park entrance gates - maybe I'll look into this more.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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these are good suggestions for far. I actually have been to the pacific northwest so I do know how much it rains. It is beautiful there, but I'm just not sure about the job situation - especially in Portland - same goes for San Diego. Also, I just got a dog recently and he seems to not like the rain too much. I've never been to Arizona, but have been to Utah, and find the Southwest amazing. So I think Albuquerque does seem like a good contender, and Denver as well. I also like the idea about working at one of the national park entrance gates - maybe I'll look into this more.

Tucson is nice it's a little bigger than Albuquerque but not a whole lot it has University Of Arizona I would check out Phoenix/Scottsdale too. What about Texas?

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