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Old 07-04-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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My husband and I have lived in Nashville for the last 10 years or so. We are in our early/mid-30's and are looking for a change. While we have watched all of our friends start families, we have come to the conclusion that we don't want any children. Maybe it's just the circles we run in but when we tell people this, they look at us like we're aliens. Having grown up on the west coast, I have found life to be much more traditional here in the South and many of the women are stay at home moms who don't really want careers. Choosing not to have children has made it increasingly difficult for us to maintain friendships as well as start new ones because so much of life in Nashville seems to be centered around families. It's actually a great place to raise children, unfortunately we just don't want any. So, we would love to find a new city where we might find other young-ish professionals like ourselves. In addition, I would love to get out of the heat and humidity and would also like to move to a bigger market where both my husband and I might have more career opportunities. Anyone have suggestions for us? We are fairly open to location but hoping to get out of the South. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:46 PM
 
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Philadelphia and Chicago are big cities that are relatively affordable and both have much of what you are lolling for.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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I'd say most of the cities that are less family-centric are on the west coast, like Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Francisco.
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:03 PM
 
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Seattle! It's got the smallest number of children/family in the metro of it's size. I can tell you from experience, people there tend to be more responsive if you have a dog (not a child).
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:59 AM
 
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What industry are you guys in?
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:00 AM
 
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Seattle! It's got the smallest number of children/family in the metro of it's size. I can tell you from experience, people there tend to be more responsive if you have a dog (not a child).
An interesting article with a lot of good facts and figures on the subject:
Seattle is becoming More Kid Friendly, Not Less
http://daily.sightline.org/2010/11/10/seattle-is-becoming-more-kid-friendly/

Now it's true that the city has less children as % of population than another major metro except San Francisco, but it's not anti-children. (Not saying you were implying that, but a lot of people do so just posting the article).
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Sounds like any of the major cities in the Boston - Washington DC corridor, Chicago, or any of the major west coast cities should meet your criteria. Denver or Minneapolis may be good options too. Which one ultimately is the best choice for you really depends on a lot of other things like jobs, your budget, other preferences, etc., but there are plenty of options.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If you can afford it, DC is great. There are tons of well-educated professionals and always a lot of activities. Lots of music, restaurants, pro sports, museums, etc. It is near other big cities for easy travel. It is out of the South, but not completely northeastern either.

The culture there is much more focused on careers than on family.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Boston
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The first cities that came to mind were Boston, D.C., Seattle, and San Fran. Also Chicago, New York, and Philly
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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Default Did you move?

Hi,

I feel exactely the same as you. Me and my husband are in our early thirties and we lived years in the south and we want to move from there. We are not planning for having kids. Did you find a good place for you guys?

Thank you!

Lei
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