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Old 07-28-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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1. NYC

2. Los Angeles and So Cal

How hard is it to live comfortably in those areas?

Area I live in right now is the deep south, I am 20 years old and have nothing to do here, it is great for older people but a lot of my young friends hate it here.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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It depends on what skills you have/how much money you make.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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It is pretty difficult to live comfortably in NYC. If you move there, you have to do it knowing you will most likely have to move out of the city once you start having a family.

Most people will be priced out. That's just how it goes.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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When I was 22 I moved to NYC to start my career, making $52K at the time (2006). I lived alone in Manhattan and was able to save some money, but not as much as I wanted to. I rented a 330 sq ft studio apartment that was renovated, in the east 40's. The rent was $1,450 at the time. But I had no car related expenses, as I didn't own a car in the city. I lived there for almost two years. That was enough to have a memorable experience, but after that it was time to move on, so I moved back home to Connecticut, where I can get much more for my money.

In short, it can be done if you make a decent amount of money, otherwise you will basically have to live with roommates, if you don't mind that. Personally, I prefer living alone.

Why would you want to leave the deep south? I visited there several times and thought it was peaceful and nice. Specifically, I've been to Jackson, MS, Natchez, MS and Atlanta, GA.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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1. NYC

2. Los Angeles and So Cal

How hard is it to live comfortably in those areas?

Area I live in right now is the deep south, I am 20 years old and have nothing to do here, it is great for older people but a lot of my young friends hate it here.
For a 20 year old, it won't be that difficult to live comfortably in either of these cities. In NYC, as long as you are making at least 35k (and have no debts), you will be able to enjoy the city if you are willing to live with roommates in neighborhoods outside of Manhattan. Obviously everyone has a different standard of comfort, but there are tons of people in their early 20s living in NYC and LA on that type of salary and they are enjoying their lives. Obviously, as you get older, start having to really save money, possibly start a family...it will get more and more difficult to live comfortably.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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why do I want to leave the deep south?

because it sucks down here
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:30 PM
 
Location: The Old Dominion
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The trick is to enter a high-paying profession. Then you don't even have to be terribly good at it
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:18 PM
 
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Seriously, consider living in a university town in your state. You will find more social life, more cultural opportunities and events, and open-mindedness in a university community. If you don't mind my asking, what's the name of your current hometown?
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:14 AM
 
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In NYC, one's biggest expense is housing. So one needs to make a lot of money to cover rent. So that is something to think about before even considering a move to NYC. I assume that would be a similar consideration in L.A. but in L.A. one also has the expense of owning a car (which is not needed in NYC).
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:56 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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why do I want to leave the deep south?

because it sucks down here
I was going to respond until I read this. Perhaps if you can provide a more mature and reasoned response to the question than this I will.
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