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Old 11-28-2011, 08:46 AM
 
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I'm finishing up my doctorate in physical therapy in a few months and i've worked super hard the last 10 years to ensure that I will be able to expect competitive offers in any area of at least moderate demand. I've also lived in southwest OH most of my life and I'm ready to get out. I'm posting to get suggestions on places to consider moving after graduation.

A little info about me that might help:
I'm single with no kids and currently live in an up-and-coming part of Cincinnati. I absolutely love the hole in the wall bars, coffee shops, live music, and availability of public parks and recreation opportunities (sports leagues, etc). I love the outdoors and staying active. I have seasonal affective disorder and really want to end up someplace that gets way more sunshine than Cincinnati. I am also aware that all of this makes me sound like a huge hippie but I don't consider myself as such. I'm not into politics, or religion. Staying within 10 hours or so if Cincinnati would be nice so I could be within driving distance of family but this is a top priority.

I'm planning on buying a small house with lots of natural light. I'm fairly handy, and am prepared to do my own renovations if I can save money versus buying a nicer more expensive home.

I will have a LOT of debt after I graduate (like 80k) since I've been in school forever, but my job should enable me to pay it off fairly quickly and secure loans for major purchases like a house and "fun car".

Places I know:
Gulf coast of FL - went to college down there. Loved the weather and the views/sunsets but too touristy and lousy nightlife.

Columbus OH - great atmosphere, diversity of residents, plenty to do, but awful weather, winters last forever

New England / DC area - beautiful scenery in the summer but don't think I could handle that much snow or clouds in the winter

Pittsburgh PA - too dirty, too gloomy

San Francisco - love the atmosphere and fantastic restaurants and wine; hard to get around the city unless you take the train

Phoenix area - Love having the mountains close by but missed the green space while I was there; I don't mind intense summers tho

Colorado: I've never been but I'm VERY curious and I've heard great things about the Denver area so I wanted to include it on this list. I don't ski but I love to hike and climb.

Charleston SC - favorite city in the world, but I've only lived there for 1 summer, June - Aug. My favorite parts were the sunshine, the history (tours, buildings, etc were awesome), the music & food, beaches, and night life.

Any input would be fantastic. Thanks for reading.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Well in Oakland you have Kaiser Permanente and the Sutter Health hospitals, with UCSF across the Bay. Lots of hipster bars and art galleries in the Uptown & Downtown areas, great weather, etc. Main drawback is you'd probably have to pay off a good part of your debt before you could afford to buy a house.
Cleveland is another great health-care city, but again, weather would be a factor.
Portland, Austin, etc would also be options, depending on your interests.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Cleveland Suburbs
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Nashville has a great medical scene. Not too far from Cincinnati, a young and growing city like Columbus, and the weather is a bit warmer... as I type this it is snowing in Nashville! Good city though. I seriously would suggest all of the 3C's because you don't get much better healthcare than you find in Cincy, Columbus, and Cleveland.... but you want better weather.

You will like Tennessee, and Cincy is only a few hours drive away. And congrats on almost finishing up school. I worked hard for my degree too, and it's nice to see it pay off in the end.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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Perhaps Nashville, Austin, Dallas, Houston and Denver.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:54 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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Consider that old favorite, the Research Triangle of NC, which is Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill. With the universities amd hosptials nearby work may be fairly easy to find. It's relatively cheap place to live, you have that university/boho cultural vibe from UNC and Duke, the weather is year-round mild, plenty of outdoor activies plus only a few hours from the beach.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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Consider that old favorite, the Research Triangle of NC, which is Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill. With the universities amd hosptials nearby work may be fairly easy to find. It's relatively cheap place to live, you have that university/boho cultural vibe from UNC and Duke, the weather is year-round mild, plenty of outdoor activies plus only a few hours from the beach.
^^^ I agree. Check out Durham in particular. It's a great city with a lot going on for it's size.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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If you have a doctorate degree shouldn't you be smart enough to realize Pittsburgh isn't dirty anymore?

Seems like you like the soulless cities like the gulf of Florida and Columbus. More power to you. Rock on in your strip malls and parking lots.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Cleveland Suburbs
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If you have a doctorate degree shouldn't you be smart enough to realize Pittsburgh isn't dirty anymore?

Seems like you like the soulless cities like the gulf of Florida and Columbus. More power to you. Rock on in your strip malls and parking lots.
Yes, German Village, Short North, Italian Village, Victorian Village, the Brewery District, and Columbus' many cultural attractions are "soulless". It's attitudes like this which make me realize why I left backwards Pennsylvania. Florida, I will agree with is one of, if not the most, overrated state out there.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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Well in Oakland you have Kaiser Permanente and the Sutter Health hospitals, with UCSF across the Bay. Lots of hipster bars and art galleries in the Uptown & Downtown areas, great weather, etc. Main drawback is you'd probably have to pay off a good part of your debt before you could afford to buy a house.
Cleveland is another great health-care city, but again, weather would be a factor.
Portland, Austin, etc would also be options, depending on your interests.
I've seen some of Oakland, the whole bay area is fun and nice though I would miss the super hot summers I've always enjoyed (that everyone else around here seems to hate with a passion). Also I have heard before that housing is unheard of expensive, so that would be the major problem. Austin is a terrific suggestion too, a friend of mine raves about it every time she's down there visiting family, and I've heard it compared to Columbus on multiple occasions, I will have to look into it. It would mean having to get past my irrational preconceptions of cowboy hats and tumbleweeds but I'd make the effort!

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Nashville has a great medical scene. Not too far from Cincinnati, a young and growing city like Columbus, and the weather is a bit warmer... as I type this it is snowing in Nashville! Good city though. I seriously would suggest all of the 3C's because you don't get much better healthcare than you find in Cincy, Columbus, and Cleveland.... but you want better weather.

You will like Tennessee, and Cincy is only a few hours drive away. And congrats on almost finishing up school. I worked hard for my degree too, and it's nice to see it pay off in the end.
Thank you for the recognition, everyone says it pays off in the end, as it should because it SUCKS right now, haha! As I mentioned, I don't need to be someplace that is a hotspot for hospitals, there are good jobs available in my area of expertise in practically every major US city. I will definitely not be considering Cleveland, though Nashville is an interesting suggestion, I'll have to read up on it.

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Consider that old favorite, the Research Triangle of NC, which is Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill. With the universities amd hosptials nearby work may be fairly easy to find. It's relatively cheap place to live, you have that university/boho cultural vibe from UNC and Duke, the weather is year-round mild, plenty of outdoor activies plus only a few hours from the beach.
Though hospitals would offer plenty of acute care opportunities I hope to be working in outpatient orthopedics. I thought about chapel hill when I was applying for schools, the tuition prices were just too high. I remember the city opportunities of CH/Durham were diverse and fantastic though, definitely worth a 2nd look. Thanks for the suggestion.

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If you have a doctorate degree shouldn't you be smart enough to realize Pittsburgh isn't dirty anymore?

Seems like you like the soulless cities like the gulf of Florida and Columbus. More power to you. Rock on in your strip malls and parking lots.
Wow. What a pity how one ignorant, opinionated, bitter person can tarnish an otherwise tremendously helpful thread. First of all, if you actually read my post, you'd understand that I DIDNT like gulf coast FL, partly for the very reason you've thoughtfully provided. Second of all, as someone who spends 4-5 weekends a year in Pittsburgh, I've seen enough of the city to know it's still dirty. I don't know what part of town you live in buddy but sounds like you need to get out more.

So anybody here know much about CO or coastal carolinas? Thanks again, all, for your contributions (almost all... but can't really blame the guy, he never sees the sun either)!
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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Theat is the definition of Boston/Cambridge.
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