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Old 06-16-2011, 03:41 AM
 
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Hello, all!

I'm in my early twenties, and seeking a change in my life. I have few ties, and decent savings, so moving pretty much anywhere is an option. I'm a recent college grad and currently working in retail, but looking to get into the non-profit sector. I'm from Texas, but would love to move to someplace more liberal, with a warm climate and a great culture, with lots of stuff going on. Places I'm considering:

L.A.- Perfect climate, love the beaches and abundance of culture and variety. Worried I might find it too "plastic" and into celebrity culture. I'm very down to earth and not into partying or anything too superficial.

San Francisco- I love how progressive it is. Worried about it being too cold (Are there warmer parts you recommend?) Not sure about the cost- I'll likely be in an entry level type position, can I afford it? I'm fine with a small studio apartment and living frugally, but I don't want to stress over bills.

Somewhere else in California?

Portland/Seattle- I've been to both and love the "hippie"ish vibe. Worried I will find the cold unpleasant, but I'm sure I can overcome one con, with the multitude of pros that these cities offer. However, wondering if somewhere in California might strike the perfect balance between culture and climate.



Any other suggestions that you think would fit the bill? I am very frustrated with my current situation and desperately want to make a change, but I want to make the right choice.
Thanks so much for reading.
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:56 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Check out Sacramento.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:04 AM
 
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If you're serious about getting started in the non-profit sector and are willing to overlook rainy/chilly weather in Portland, San Francisco or Seattle you might want to consider Washington, DC. It's the epicenter of non-profit organizations in the country and would offer some excellent opportunity to someone starting out in the field. The DC area has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country (around 5.5%) so there are actually jobs to be had. It's an expensive place for housing but jobs typically compensate in terms of salary and many budget-friendly shares are always available.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Metro DC
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I have to second DC, and the city proper is very liberal. Tons to do, and plenty of 20 somethings who are doing non-profit and entry level work.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:49 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Washington, DC is one of the most liberal (in terms of voting) cities in America. Not just the city, but almost the whole DC metro area, including the Maryland suburbs and northern Virginia, is blue politically.

The weather is not moderate, however. You will experience heat and humidity in the summer, and cold and snow/sleet/freezing rain in the winter.

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Old 06-16-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Umm..., San Diego. Just check out the images thread, not many places nicer than here. Moderate climate- we got that! Liberal, vibrant and large enough for most.
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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East bay. Oakland etc.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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Hello, all!

I'm in my early twenties, and seeking a change in my life. I have few ties, and decent savings, so moving pretty much anywhere is an option. I'm a recent college grad and currently working in retail, but looking to get into the non-profit sector. I'm from Texas, but would love to move to someplace more liberal, with a warm climate and a great culture, with lots of stuff going on. Places I'm considering:

L.A.- Perfect climate, love the beaches and abundance of culture and variety. Worried I might find it too "plastic" and into celebrity culture. I'm very down to earth and not into partying or anything too superficial.

San Francisco- I love how progressive it is. Worried about it being too cold (Are there warmer parts you recommend?) Not sure about the cost- I'll likely be in an entry level type position, can I afford it? I'm fine with a small studio apartment and living frugally, but I don't want to stress over bills.

Somewhere else in California?

Portland/Seattle- I've been to both and love the "hippie"ish vibe. Worried I will find the cold unpleasant, but I'm sure I can overcome one con, with the multitude of pros that these cities offer. However, wondering if somewhere in California might strike the perfect balance between culture and climate.



Any other suggestions that you think would fit the bill? I am very frustrated with my current situation and desperately want to make a change, but I want to make the right choice.
Thanks so much for reading.
I lived and worked in LA (also in the nonprofit sector), and did not find it "plastic" in the least. I'm sure some industries or jobs or circles of friends are "plastic," but that was not the world I experienced. I was surprised at how much I loved LA. It literally has something for everyone, and is extremely diverse in every sense of the word.

Also lived in San Francisco. Loved it, but it was cold and I missed the sun. It is also very expensive. I didn't feel like it was more progressive than LA. We lived in the city itself; I second the suggestion to perhaps check out the East Bay.

Never lived in Sacramento and didn't love it when I visited, but it's a pleasant city, relatively affordable, and is a great place for those looking for nonprofit work. It's worth a look. Maybe Santa Cruz, too.

Since others have suggested DC: lived there, too, and while I did love it (and would consider moving back), I don't think of it as a particularly progressive/liberal place. Politically blue, yes, but with a very different vibe than what you find (or what I found, anyway) in LA or SF. That said, it's a GREAT city for those working in the nonprofit world, has a ton of cultural opportunities (including lots of FREE museums and events hosted by embassies, etc.), and is full of interesting people doing interesting things. Humid in the summer, but the spring is perfect.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:56 AM
 
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Cool; thank you guys for the feedback. DC sounds like an awesome city, though I don't find myself as drawn to it as I do to places on the west coast. This could be because I've never traveled there, while I've been to and really enjoyed L.A., Seattle, and Portland.

uptown_urbanist: i just visited l.a. and really liked it, i was surprised at the lack of superficiality I found there versus what my expectations were. definitely an awesome place, which i'm sure i'd love (especially compared to where i am currently). I guess I can't go wrong with any of these cities. They all are pretty great, though not without their cons. I suppose I'll just have to take a chance and try somewhere.

Thanks everyone for the D.C. info, as well as the other suggestions.
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