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Old 04-02-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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Hi everyone! I'll be a senior in college next year and I'm starting to look into where I might want to live when I graduate. I've been doing some research on my own but if anyone has some advice for me (which city might fit/where should I stay away from) that would be great. I'm open to living in a lot of places particularly in the southern states, here are my criteria:

I want to be somewhere warm -- I'm currently living in the northeast and I'm not a fan of the snow and cold weather. Humidity isn't a problem because I used to live overseas. I think a small to mid-size city would be best because I want some nightlife but I don't want it to be too big or overwhelming. I'll be in the healthcare industry so I'd like to be near at least one hospital. I'm also kind of conservative, so I'd like a place that has similar values. Ideally I'd like be near the coast or less than two hours away from the water, but if I found a place I loved I'd be willing to give that up. And this isn't a requirement but it would also be nice to find a place where the guys are real gentlemen.

With all this in mind, I've come up with Charleston and Savannah. I'm not crazy about Florida so that's off the table but I'd be open to any other state in the south.

If anyone has any other places in mind I'd like to hear them. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: plano
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Houston, its close to the gulf has a job adding economy and some consider it southern. I dont but I worked for an international company and associated with internationals. Its humid but with nice winters. People are friendly to all and for a big city its pretty laid back.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Houston is not a small city..
Lafayette, Louisiana is full of friendly Cajuns, good nightlife, a steadily growing economy, a smaller size, conservative but not overwhelmingly, and about an hour from the coast, although not what you get in Savannah or Charleston.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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Perhaps Mobile Alabama, Wilmington NC, Virginia Beach VA, Richmond VA and Columbia SC.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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San Antonio. The healthcare industry is big there, the climate is warm, and the Gulf is less than a couple of hours away. I second Lafayette. It's probably the most underrated city in the country, my sister lived there and loved it, the people are friendly and conservative but not overtly so, and the Gulf beckons.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:10 PM
 
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Charleston sounds like it would be a really good fit. It definitely fits the small/midsized metro criteria, healthcare is a significant part of the local economy since the city is home to the Medical University of SC, it's politically moderate, and has great nightlife.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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You might also check out Columbia, SC

Columbia is the state capital and home of the University of South Carolina which gives it more vibrancy than a city of it's size. There's always a lot going on and besides being an easy two hour drive to the beach or mountains, it's close to Lake Murray which is a very popular recreational area in SC. There are a number of major medical facilities in the city as well.

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Old 04-03-2012, 04:24 PM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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Charleston, SC. Check it out. The best of SC

Charleston reviews (http://chrisdeloach.com/ratings.aspx - broken link)
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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Corpus Christi might work don't know how the nightlife is though

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Old 04-04-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Huntsville, Alabama comes to mind.
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