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View Poll Results: If you were IN YOUR 20s and could live ANYWHERE IN THE US, where would you live and why?
Los Angeles 11 23.91%
San Diego 2 4.35%
Austin 3 6.52%
Denver 2 4.35%
Nashville 2 4.35%
Palo Alto, CA 0 0%
Phoenix 0 0%
Seattle 2 4.35%
Boston 0 0%
Portland 2 4.35%
Honolulu 4 8.70%
Milwaukie 0 0%
Charleston, SC 1 2.17%
Chicago 5 10.87%
Raleigh, NC 0 0%
Other 12 26.09%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 03-17-2012, 03:32 AM
 
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Places I have been:
San Francisco
Los Angeles
New York City
Washington DC
Chicago
Santa Barbara, CA
Toronto (well, it's not in the US, but close lol)
Modesto, Manteca, Berkeley, and Oakland CA
Detroit
Other areas of Michigan
Florida (various)
New London, NH

I haven't been to that many places so far, but out of all the cities I have visited, I like L.A. the best

If you were in your 20s and had saved up money, what parts of the country would you consider moving to in 2012 (and why)?

Thank you in advance
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:16 PM
 
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I wish you would have made this a multiple choice. I would love to move to either SD, Seattle, Denver, or Honolulu. Los Angeles, The Bay Area, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Austin would require a few days of getting the vibe before making a final decision. Why? I just want a place where the mentality is more individualistic/live-and-let-live and the work mentality is work-to-live, instead of the conformist collectivist mentality and live-to-work lifestyle most major cities (in the North and South) have.

Funny thing is I'm in my 20s, and live around DC, but I have no desire to be here, and havent since I was a kid. Problem is in those cities I desire, their job markets are miserable, and paying off student loans in an overpriced metropolitan area is hindering my ability to save.

But I'll figure out a way to get to those cities well before I turn 30.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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I just turn 20 last week. I would really enjoy moving back to my hometown of Portland, but I'm also looking at Seattle, Denver, and NYC.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Chicago...it's got endless things to do, it's huge, it's got many different cities within a short drive (Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Cincinnati, etc.), it gets all four seasons, great food, and rich culture. Not to mention, it's got Lake Michigan. Everytime I leave Chicago I'm sad.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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New York City would be my first choice, although curiously it was omitted from the poll.

For me personally, Portland/Seattle, Los Angeles, and Washington would also be good choices.
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Betsyville
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Well for me, as someone who's about to turn 28 in a week or so, I would choose Austin, Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, or Seattle.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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There are many several places in Eastern Washington, plus a few in Interior Alaska, that I would like to move to. Not even the biggest cities in these places are as large or as densely populated as Seattle, plus have much more preferable climates to Seattle.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:45 PM
 
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In order:
San Francisco
Seattle
Chicago
Denver
Los Angeles
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:02 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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It'd probably depend on what kind of offers or opportunities I get. I'm in NYC now, and I'm pretty happy with it. Also, why limit yourself to the US? If you are in your 20s, then it's a pretty good time to go abroad and experience what it's like. East Asia is a fantastic place for native English speakers (even better if you have skills in certain areas) since it's often affordable and novel. Southeast Asia is cheap and fun. Europe is also great, though a bit pricier in some parts. Latin America will have you picking up a lot, too, though perhaps the wages don't pay as well (though that's highly dependent on where you go). Hell, even Quebec is a novel experience. I'd comment on South Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, or Africa, but I've never been there, but I'm sure those are fine, too. Daily life becomes a new experience, and you'll be soaking up so much information.

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Weehawken
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I'm in my 20s and I never really left the area. I love Boston, but Providence, being more realistic (as far as my budget goes), it's just ideal.
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