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Old 04-12-2012, 07:37 AM
 
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Hello,

I am a 23 year old with degree a couple of years experience in accountancy. I have a visa to live and work in the US and my girlfriend and I are planning on moving over. We don't have jobs arranged but we do have about 20k in savings coming with us.

The issues is where should we go?

We are very laid back, not overly concerned about nightlife but seeking some culture. We like the sun and want to feel safe. Cost of living is obviously a factor despite the fact we are taking some money with us, but we are very open minded and want to consider all possibilities.

Any opinions/input would be very much appreciated.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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Vegas?
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:55 AM
 
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What else do you like to do? What kind of community would you prefer? Walkability?
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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We both have driving licenses from countries that are far stricter with their testing than the US and have driven in the US before so walk-ability isn't essential.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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Perhaps a place like Salt Lake City, UT. Would having 4 seasons be an issue for you or is that moot, as long as it is sunny for the bulk of the year?
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:05 AM
 
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Sun for the bulk of the year is quite important. Far rather have more sun than all four seasons.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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Consider the Sunbelt cities if weather is important and driving is OK with you. They all have smaller mass transit systems, lots of sun, lots of drivers, and usually a lower cost of living than the northeast cities or the West Coast. The hiring picture varies, but there is almost always a market for accountants in any city of size, even if its only for temps.

Houston, Austin, Dallas (all big cities, but you live in a neighborhood, not a city)
Atlanta (same as above, and like them, parts of ATL can be relatively expensive to live in)
Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Asheville in NC (moderate COL, mild climates, univeristy areas, and Charlotte is a big banking town.)
San Diego and LA (high cost of living though)

and three outliers because of their unique urban flavor --
New Orleans (recovering from Katrina but what a mix of people and cultures)
Miami (heavily Hispanic, mainly Cubano, flashy nightlife, lots of distressed real estate)
Las Vegas (casino central, vastly overbuilt, and all the hot and sunny you want)

Can't talk much about Arizona or New Mexico as I've never been.

Good luck
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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Thank you to everyone for your input so far.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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Texas would work for you, Austin, Houston or Dallas. Low cost of living a lot of sunshine, these cities have things to do such as you like. Consider these which have good job prospects.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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Not enough information provided to really help you.

Some types of accountants are definitely in high demand but I wouldn't count on there automatically being a job waiting for you. If that $20k is being shared between the two of you, it doesn't take an accountant to see that won't cover living expenses for very long if you can't find employment.
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