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Old 02-02-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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I have narrowed down some areas based on job availability and what I can afford for rent. Just wondered which would fare better for a single woman in her 40's (if there is such a place, lol!)..I like the blue collar crowd, but I don't have to have that....

* Indianapolis

* Columbus, OH

Some areas of WI (possibly Milwaukee, Green Bay area), although not as cheap as above

Upstate NY (reasonable, but again, there are cheaper areas)

Houston (I hate hot weather, but rents are really cheap and a plethora of jobs)

* Am really leaning towards Indy
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:02 AM
 
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This might help: A singles map of the United States of America - The Boston Globe

If you go with Upstate NY, it looks like Rochester has more single men. Same with the Utica-Rome area. Same with Poughkeepsie, but it is a bit more expensive.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:15 AM
 
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I have narrowed down some areas based on job availability and what I can afford for rent. Just wondered which would fare better for a single woman in her 40's (if there is such a place, lol!)..I like the blue collar crowd, but I don't have to have that....

* Indianapolis

* Columbus, OH

Some areas of WI (possibly Milwaukee, Green Bay area), although not as cheap as above

Upstate NY (reasonable, but again, there are cheaper areas)

Houston (I hate hot weather, but rents are really cheap and a plethora of jobs)

* Am really leaning towards Indy
I think Milwaukee and Green Bay are good choices with unemployment rates at 7% or below. Columbus and Indianapolis are iffy at 8% and 8.5% respectively. I just moved from Philadelphia which has a rate around 8.5% and no one was hiring.

I would also recommend checking out:
Lincoln, Nebraska 3.5%
Fargo, North Dakota 4.0%
Omaha, Nebraska 4.7%
Washington, DC Metro 5.7% (many areas of suburban Northern Virginia would fulfill your "blue collar" requirement)
Portland, Maine 5.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota 6.2%

Unemployment Rates for Metropolitan Areas

Lincoln, Nebraska - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fargo, North Dakota - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Omaha, Nebraska - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Washington Metropolitan Area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Portland, Maine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Minneapolis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saint Paul, Minnesota - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Good luck!
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Honestly, I don't know if I could handle such harsh winters as Fargo. I am alone and not getting any younger; just seems like that would be a tough place to brave alone...

Minneapolis was surprisingly out of my price range, even though many people suggested it. There are cheaper places. Too bad, because it does appeal to me.

Portland sounds nice.....
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