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Old 08-16-2012, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Billy Millennium View Post
How about narrowing the list down to places you have a genuine interest in living?

For jobs, Reno and Vegas don't have a great economy at this time. Housing is affordable so you could probably make it in both these cities. Just may take more effort/time finding adequate employment.
I have a genuine interest in living in any of the cities listed. I was wondering if any are particularly easy to make a living in, especially for people with science/engineering background. I would assume, since Reno & Vegas have bad economies, that they probably wouldn't be a good choice. Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:39 AM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I moved to Santa Fe without a job from Massachusetts back in April. I also came here with a substantial amount of savings to get by on. I landed a pay me bills job within three weeks and then a better job in Albuquerque within two months. That's my story, not everyones I realize, though I think having confidence and belief in what you're doing without being overly worried (don't listen to cynics and skeptics), setting aside a savings to live on (minimum of $5000) and doing research on where you want to move and you'll do fine.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:57 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Retire for a while. Raise all the cash you can, get rid of all your stuff, go to Mexico and learn to live cheap ($500 a month is plenty) in a place you like with a beach or something, until your savings are nearly gone. Then get on a bus back to the border and start putting things back fresh (there must be a reason you are leaving where your are now). As I said above, it's easy to find enough work to feed you in Texas. By that time, you'll have a pretty good mental picture of what you want your stateside life to be like, and you'll have lots of time to think about what you can do when you get back, and you can add bilingual to your resume.

It'll also be nice to be in Mexico, or know your way around there, if the poo hits fan in this country, and you'll be that much ahead of the millions of Americans fleeing to Mexico. Never hurts to have a good backup.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:55 PM
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I wouldn't suggest moving to Rapid City without a job. Unemployment is low, but that doesn't mean there are tons of jobs, and most are low paying (wages are low here anyway). However, there is a pretty good science/engineering college here, so if that's the type of job you are looking for, you might be able to find something. It is also not too far from Wyoming and North Dakota, where there are more oil/mining companies.
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