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Old 07-11-2007, 08:03 AM
 
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I'm looking to get a new job with the FAA and I need to pick 10 cities that I would like to be considered for. I've done a little looking online and came up with a floating list of possibilities.

Sacramento, CA
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Denver, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Kansas City, MO
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Indianapolis, IN
Cincinnati, OH
Columbus, OH
Raleigh, NC
Jacksonville, FL

I'm 25, single and male. Bascially I'm looking for an area with a reasonable cost of living. I make over 50K a year so I don't need dirt cheap, but yet I don't want ludicrous expensive. Ideally I'd like to be able to buy a house in a suburb, but still be able to have access to the city life. My new job will require me to be outdoors sometimes so I'd like a mild climate; no bitter cold winters and no hot and humid summers. Any advice or suggestions you guys might have is appreciated.
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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For the age, income and costs of living, I would think Denver, Co would be a good place to list for your choices. Not sure what Line of work you do, but sine DIA is here, I would assume FAA offices in Denver would be pretty busy.

If you have any more specific questions, please let me know.
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Given your criteria, I'd say toss out Minneapolis (bitter cold) and Jacksonville (hot and humid) right off the bat. Seattle is very expensive. Sacramento is cheap by CA standards but still fairly pricey compared to your other choices. I see your current location is Annapolis, MD-- if you like where you're living now, I would recommend Colorado Springs, which is very much a military town. Beautiful location and scenery, and very spread out north to south along I-25. If you're into having elbow room and don't mind driving long distances, you'll probably love it. If you like a more compact city, probably not. Their airport is small, nothing compared to DIA, so would that translate into lower wages?
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:47 AM
 
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Not sure what Line of work you do, but sine DIA is here, I would assume FAA offices in Denver would be pretty busy.
I'd be applying for an Airway Transportation Systems Specialist position.

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Given your criteria, I'd say toss out Minneapolis (bitter cold) and Jacksonville (hot and humid) right off the bat.
I don't know. I may have been a little rash with the climate requirement. I'm not totally sure how much I'll actually be working outside to be honest. If it isn't that much, then I can deal with the climate. I'd still like to know how these cities are.
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:59 AM
 
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Kansas City is a GREAT place to live and for $150,000 you will be able to buy a nice house in the suburbs.

I personally prefer the Missouri side as Missouri has lower taxes, but if you would be working on the Kansas side, it might be easier to live in Kansas. Just for the sake of less tax forms.

Im going to assume you would be working at the Airport, and KC's airport is relatively small compared to othe big cities, but the areas around it aren't fully developed as they are in other cities. For $150,000 you would be able to buy a nice houes very very close to where you worked. The KC airport is up north of KC and in Missouri.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:02 AM
 
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it could be a little tough to find a house you can comfortably afford in the denver burbs on a $50000/yr salary, e.g.. a condo or townhouse you might be able to do. keep in mind that communities around denver metro have been passing the hot potato of the dubious distinction of having some of the highest foreclosure rates in the country for a year or so now and that there is currently getting to be a huge surplus of supply around - you could find some deals...or you could pay a plateaued price just to watch your value fall for the next several years. how long will you be around? if you're about the burbs with a little bit of city life, denver could work for you: there are few more suburban places than denver metro and the Front Range. denver itself can actually feel quite suburban. as for young single guys, one of the latest cencuses suggests that in the 25-35 range, there are something like 115-120 guys to every 100 girls (just about 100:80 or 5:4 guys:girls) - some of the toughest odds you'll find in america, so if that matters, you might want to think about whether that kind of competition (and what it can do for the overall interactions beyond what the overall vibe might already be like) works for you.

good luck.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:39 AM
 
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From that list, I would say either Denver or Colorado Springs.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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it could be a little tough to find a house you can comfortably afford in the denver burbs on a $50000/yr salary, e.g.. a condo or townhouse you might be able to do. keep in mind that communities around denver metro have been passing the hot potato of the dubious distinction of having some of the highest foreclosure rates in the country for a year or so now and that there is currently getting to be a huge surplus of supply around - you could find some deals...or you could pay a plateaued price just to watch your value fall for the next several years. how long will you be around? if you're about the burbs with a little bit of city life, denver could work for you: there are few more suburban places than denver metro and the Front Range. denver itself can actually feel quite suburban. as for young single guys, one of the latest cencuses suggests that in the 25-35 range, there are something like 115-120 guys to every 100 girls (just about 100:80 or 5:4 guys:girls) - some of the toughest odds you'll find in america, so if that matters, you might want to think about whether that kind of competition (and what it can do for the overall interactions beyond what the overall vibe might already be like) works for you.
good luck.
I posted a question on the CO forum a couple months ago about this same question. I'm aware there is an off-balance in CO, but didn't think it was that high. Where is your source for this demographic statistic? I'd like to see that firsthand.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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it could be a little tough to find a house you can comfortably afford in the Denver burbs on a $50000/yr salary.
Well, I would disagree. If the financials are planed well, organized, and budgeted, this is very doable, in my opinion.

"The median income for a household in the city is $39,500, and the median income for a family is $48,195. Males have a median income of $34,232 versus $30,768 for females. The per capita income for the city is $24,101"

$50,000 for a single person is very good for Denver, CO.

At least that is my opinion.
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Old 07-12-2007, 12:01 PM
 
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Minneapolis, Denver and Seattle are bigger than the others. Do you want bigger, medium, smaller?,...none are super big.

Doing the suburb thing to city...can be done in most. Seattle is very expensive. At 25 I wouldn't rule out city life, but if thatis what you want....a few are expensive but most aren't at all on your list.

Lifestyle.....part of the country...some of those are very conservative, some moderate some liberal....etc...

Do you like older, newer, progressive etc...? Denver and Raleigh are booming with new transplants all the time.

Columbus is a big college town(Ohio St.)
Indy, Cincy, etc...are very conservative places.
Seattle, Portland and Minnesota generally speaking are more liberal than the others.

Would need to know more about interests etc....to say more...
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