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Old 08-08-2010, 08:18 PM
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We are looking to move next year and I want to start looking now. I just graduated with my B.A. in Elementary Education and will have my Masters in July 11. My husband works at a furniture factory and this is the only job that he has ever had. We are looking for a place that should have teaching jobs available next year and some type of factories around it. (Going by schools this year I think NC and TX are high on the list, but I am not sure.)

My biggest concern is that I will not find a place that has both teaching and factories that are widely enough available that we could both find work.

We are not looking at a certain state, so any information would be helpful. If possible please list the factory and the school district.

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Old 08-08-2010, 10:38 PM
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Have you looked in the Trenton area?
I'm not necessarily suggesting you live IN Trenton but the towns around Trenton are some of the most pleasant areas or the state. Trenton would fit the bill completely for your husband, and I know unemployment rates in the Trenton MSA are lower than National average, so a teaching job in that area may be easier than most places in the US.

What's your budget if you don't mind me asking? This would make things much easier to narrow down. There's plenty of beautiful wealthy towns in the area, but there's a few affordable areas in the area. The COL is not that bad (since the pay is great) considering it's in NJ.
Ewing, NJ is Trenton's biggest suburb. It has some really nice, charming areas yet it has areas that are a bit iffy-- Nothing too serious if you keep a good distance, it's a big town (land wise). You can find nice homes in a good area for under 200K.

Other nice, virtually crimeless *affordable* towns/cities in the area are:

White Horse, NJ (probably the most ideal)
Bordentown, NJ
Lawrenceville, NJ
Levittown, PA (A pretty good sized, nice city in PA about 8 miles from Trenton)
Hightstown, NJ

If you can afford Priceton, that would probably be the best place to live in the area for obvious reasons.

There's other nice small towns, but they're pretty expensive.

the location is amazing- You're in the middle of Philly, NYC, and the shore


It's possible to find nice, affordable areas in Trenton-- I lived in a nice area in Trenton at one point as a preteen and have no complaints (despite the infamous ghettos) but the city has a pretty hardcore police force that makes the nice areas NICE areas... But I'd just focus on surrounding towns.

Good luck
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:48 AM
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We would be looking for a 4 br house, that would not take every penny we make. I am sure the big cities would have more open teaching position next year but I am not sure about the cities that have some type of factory work.
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