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Old 01-03-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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I am an early 20's single female, (white but not like that matters!) trying to find out where I might be a good fit! I was born in raised in Richmond, Va, lived in all parts from the middle of nowhere to center of the worst part of the city..so I'm versatile. I am an independent and creative thinker, and not religious or strongly political. I am graduating soon as an RN with a bachelors, and experience in Med-Surg, so I will need to be near a decent hospital. I'm not super organic or green...but I don't mind those who are.

Ideally, I would love a place:
-about the same size as Richmond (pop 200.000), or smaller (maybe 100-150.000)
-I love the outdoors (snowboarding, (SNOW period), rock climbing, hiking, camping)
-not a lot of heat, please! Like sun, don't mind too much the clouds; Norwegian lineage=don't really mind the cold! I love snow! not a ton, but I could do for a decent blanket. I have a volvo. No 4 wheel drive :P
-Music and arts are important to me. I am an avid concert attendee, everything from death metal to folk
-I don't have to be in the middle of the city, but I don't want to be totally isolated.
-Job market: I'm not moving before I lock down a job, but I don't mind persistently trying for a while if I really like an area, as I have one here in Va currently
-I have been all over the U.S., except a few states. I don't really have time to travel and visit before I need to start applying for residency. I'm a spontaneous and adaptable girl, so if I move somewhere and I hate it, I can always find a good side to it to last a year or two



Places I have considered: Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, Missoula (MO).

Any other suggestions? THANKS!
monosyllabik,
It sounds like you are talking about Upstate New York. Four good cities for you to consider as outlined in your post. #1) Syracuse Metro area-population 560,000 (city by itself pop. around 164,000?); #2) Rochester Metro area-population 1,093,000; 3) Buffalo Metro-population 1,250,000; Albany/Schenectady/Troy/Cohoes Metro area-population 999,000. These figures are approximate. Figures include the main city, suburbs, and outer area region towns near each city.

I'll mention Syracuse. You should be able to get a job immediately in your medical field. Syracuse has 5 major hospitals & a childrens hospital, as well as other medical facilities.

The unemployment rate for the Syracuse area has been 7.6%.

Also near Syracuse>>
Lots of lakes all around the Syracuse region. Adirondack Mountains northeast of Syracuse. Catskill Mountains southeast of Syracuse. The beautiful Finger Lakes Region (vinyards, rolling picturesque farmlands, beautiful lakes) southwest of Syracuse. The Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River at Alexandria Bay north of Syracuse. Hills and Highlands and Valleys at the southern edge of Syracuse city. Snow skiing 30 miles south of the city. Spectacular Niagara Falls west of Syracuse. Colleges: Syracuse University, LeMoyne College, Cazenovia College, Onondaga Community College, technical & business schools. Other colleges farther (but close) away from Syracuse: Cornell University at Ithaca, Colgate University at Hamilton, SUNY College at Cortland, SUNY College at Oswego, SUNY College at Morrisville, colleges in Utica. Syracuse has snow in the winter--varies by week and month--lots of blue skies in winter too. A beautiful big park--Onondaga Lake Park at Liverpool (Syr. suburb) for summer enjoyment. Oneida Shores Park on Oneida Lake at Brewerton (Syr. suburb) for summer swimming, boating, fishing, recreation, water skiing, winter ice fishing, etc. .Green Lakes Park at Fayetteville for summer fun. Syracuse has a great highway system which allows everyone to get around the whole area quickly.

Lots of apartments, especially in Liverpool to choose from. Home prices are very reasonable. Brand New "starter" (smaller) homes for $150,000. A little larger nice New homes beginning at $160,000 and up. Resale or existing homes in decent condition in the suburbs & city for just under $90,000; maybe lower price if you look around for a bargain. 98% of homes have basements & garages. Lots of homes and most apartments have air conditioning if you need to use it. Our Spring & Autumn seasons are especially nice. Our summers are beautiful and sunny and I think comfortably warm--use air cond when necessary. Upstate New York & Syracuse are not oppressively hot like in southern & other states.

When you want to venture farther away to a BIG city for a long weekend visit or vacation you should try Boston (wonderful) or Toronto (again wonderful) or Philadelphia or Montreal or New York City; or "Rochester size" Ottawa-Canada's capital city. All nice cities to visit and they are all relatively close to Syracuse--easily drive to those cities.

Not sure what else right now to tell you. Please feel to ask me any other specific questions about Metro Syracuse and Central New York that you might think of.

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Old 01-03-2011, 03:18 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Albany, NY!
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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Besides upstate NY, you might consider Burlington, VT, Portland, ME or Providence, RI;

If you want to revisit your Norwegian heritage, you mighy consider the Upper Midwest, like Madison, WI, or areas around Minneapolis-St. Paul..
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:11 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Thanks!
DubbleT, I see that you are in TN. I went through Chattanooga one time and LOVED it. What do you think of the city? Is there any good snow around those parts?

Also, I didn't previously mention, I'm a mountain girl. I love em. I'd really love a city somewhere near some giant rocks.
I haven't been to Chattanooga yet.
My brother lived there for a few years and loved it, but that's from his POV as a family man, don't know how well it would fit a young single.

From talking to people I get the idea Chattanooga doesn't get much in the way of snow, a few inches a year maybe.
Where I am gets more snow, and it's really not even enough to build a decent snowman. I am only an hour away from decent snow up a little higher in the mountains in NC though.
Our metro has a nice sized population around 150k, but we don't get a lot of big name concerts, folks have to go to Chattanooga or Knoxville for that.

I looked at a lot of cities in this area before I moved and I think about the only place in this area of the Appalachian mountains that might even come close to what you want would be Roanoke VA. It could be worth taking a look.
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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I would've suggested Omaha, but 28 inches (average) isn't nearly the amount they get in the rockies, the northern plains nor the great lakes regions.. We get some, but just not a lot compared to many places in the US. And the city is nearing 500,000 in the city limit and 900,000 metro (Lincoln nearing 300,000 is only 23 miles of fields away and combined metro of 1,200,000).
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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Boise fits your criteria.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:08 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I am an early 20's single female, (white but not like that matters!) trying to find out where I might be a good fit! I was born in raised in Richmond, Va, lived in all parts from the middle of nowhere to center of the worst part of the city..so I'm versatile. I am an independent and creative thinker, and not religious or strongly political. I am graduating soon as an RN with a bachelors, and experience in Med-Surg, so I will need to be near a decent hospital. I'm not super organic or green...but I don't mind those who are.

Ideally, I would love a place:
-about the same size as Richmond (pop 200.000), or smaller (maybe 100-150.000)
-I love the outdoors (snowboarding, (SNOW period), rock climbing, hiking, camping)
-not a lot of heat, please! Like sun, don't mind too much the clouds; Norwegian lineage=don't really mind the cold! I love snow! not a ton, but I could do for a decent blanket. I have a volvo. No 4 wheel drive :P
-Music and arts are important to me. I am an avid concert attendee, everything from death metal to folk
-I don't have to be in the middle of the city, but I don't want to be totally isolated.
-Job market: I'm not moving before I lock down a job, but I don't mind persistently trying for a while if I really like an area, as I have one here in Va currently
-I have been all over the U.S., except a few states. I don't really have time to travel and visit before I need to start applying for residency. I'm a spontaneous and adaptable girl, so if I move somewhere and I hate it, I can always find a good side to it to last a year or two

Why not move west to Charlottesville? My brother and his family live there and love it! It's smaller than Richmond but only an hour+ away when you want to see friends and familiar places but it's closer to the snow and cooler than Summers in Richmond.
Places I have considered: Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, Missoula (MO).

Any other suggestions? THANKS!
Why not move west to Charlottesville? It's cooler, smaller and gets more snow in the Winter. My brother and his family live there and love it. Plus, you'll only be an hour+ away from familiar places and people you met in Richmond. If you don't like Charlottesville, you might want to check out Asheville, NC. It's going to be cooler and snowier than Charlottesville and will give you an entirely new surrounding.
Good Luck!
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:36 AM
 
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Pittsburgh might be worth a look too, besides what's already been mentioned.
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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Default Photos ~ Parks & Waterfalls ~ Syracuse/Upstate New York

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monosyllabik;17216441]I am an early 20's single female, (white but not like that matters!) trying to find out where I might be a good fit!

-I am graduating soon as an RN with a bachelors, and experience in Med-Surg, so I will need to be near a decent hospital.

Ideally, I would love a place:
-about the same size as Richmond (pop 200.000), or smaller (maybe 100-150.000)
-I love the outdoors (snowboarding, (SNOW period), rock climbing, hiking, camping)
-Norwegian lineage=don't really mind the cold! I love snow! not a ton, but I could do for a decent blanket. I have a volvo. No 4 wheel drive :P
-Music and arts are important to me. I am an avid concert attendee, everything from death metal to folk
monosyllabik,

I wanted to give you just a little more info about Syracuse and the Central New York region.

I already told you that Syracuse has 5 major hospitals & a children's hospital; one of your needs for employment.

Metro Syracuse has a population size that probably meets your wants.

Syracuse & CNY have snow for wintertime sports & activities close by; skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, snow-mobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, ice figure carving, etc.

Syracuse & CNY also have several music festivals each year.

"You love the outdoors". ~ I already mentioned NYS's Adirondack & Catskill Mtns., the Finger Lakes Region, the Thousand Islands/St. Lawrence River, the numerous CNY region lakes, many parks, etc. all providing outdoor enjoyment/activities. Today I want to give you link lines to show you PHOTOS of the many Waterfalls and Parks that might help fill your interest in Outdoor Activities and Nature exploration.

Watkins Glen State Park>>
Rainbow Falls
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...inbow-falls620
Glen of Pools
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...rows-preview27

Letchworth State Park>>
Middle Falls
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...ation-point251
Falls Overlook
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...e_park/stage22

Pratts Falls County Park-near Syracuse>>
Autumn Foliage
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...alls-preview29
Summer Scene
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...atts-summer251

Chittenango Falls State Park-near Syracuse>>
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...chittenango331

Tinker Falls, Truxton, NY-near Syracuse south>>
Distant View
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...lls3-preview52
Tree Sheltered View
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...alls-preview33

Chimney Bluffs State Park-Lake Ontario-near Sodus Point, NY-northwest of Syracuse>>
Shoreline Long View
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...ffs1-preview56
Rock Formation Closeup
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...mney-bluffs149

Keuka Lake-Finger Lakes>>
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p..._lake/keuka253

Cascadilla Gorge Falls, Ithaca, NY>>
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...illa-preview19

Deckertown Falls, Montour Falls, NY>>
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p.../deckertown131

Hector Falls @ Seneca Lake, Hector, NY>>
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...rk/hector1_2_7

Niagara Falls>>
http://nyfalls.exposuremanager.com/p...s/table-rock11

I hope you enjoy these photos and that the photos may help you with any decisions you make. Best of luck in your future.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Richmond, Va
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Wow, you all's responses have been tremendous, and I greatly appreciate them all

I am in the process of researching most of them, and am also considering Altoona, PA, if anyone knows anything about that area.

Once again, Thanks!
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