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Old 08-21-2012, 06:42 AM
 
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Hi ,

We are a muslim family who are new legal migrants to US , we want to find a place that helps us to have a sucssesful start

My Ideal Place

1- Have a good public transportation system as i do not have a car

2- Moderate Cost of life specially in rentals .. where i can rent in safe area in range of $ 800 for 1 BR

3- Good Job Market , low unemployment . Where possibility to find general jobs is good

4- Safe , where crime is not a big issue

5- Diverse and accept Muslims specially Hair Covered Women

6- The Weather is Not Refrifator at Winter Nor Oven At Summer

Do you know something like that ??
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:31 AM
 
Location: south central
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There are a lot of options and here are some places to consider:

King or Queens County, NY
Brooklyn and Queens would be a great place to start if you are not overwhelmed by the size of New York City. These neighborhoods aren't Manhattan, remember, but still have access to great public transportation, jobs, and are very diverse. NY's weather has 4 seasons and you will be able to find safer parts of the city. Traditionally and contemporarily it is the starting place of many new families in America.

Paterson, NJ
Not far from NYC, Paterson has a very large Muslim community and will have many of the same aspects as I listed for Brooklyn and Queens with the main difference being it is not as connected to public transportation.

Los Angeles County, CA
Even if you don't want to live smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley could be a great place to start. I'm thinking to places like Pasadena, Alhambra, West Covina, Torrance. Not a great job market but not disastrous and the weather is very nice, plus LA is extremely diverse and has a great, despite popular opinion, public transportation system.

Norfolk County, MA
Very safe and a fairly good job market, Norfolk CO also has a pretty substantial Indian and Muslim community in towns like Sharon, Walpole, Norwood, and Canton. Really close to Boston. If you live in Quincy you will have great access to public transportation although the Commuter rail runs through the whole county.

Houston, TX
One of the better job markets in the US and access to public transportation and diversity make Houston a place to consider. There are so many neighborhoods in this large city many are safe and will provide you with more affordable rentals. The only thing is in the summer it will get hot. Very hot.

Cedar Rapids, IA
Historically one of America's most prominent Muslim communities, Cedar Rapids is a small city that is safe and probably has a stable job market considering the industries located there (corn, etc.). Fairly diverse and not extreme temperatures of some places farther north, it might be a good place to settle down, though I'm not too sure about public transportation.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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Perhaps Ann Arbor MI, East Lansing MI, Ithaca NY, Champaign-Urbana IL, Bloomington-Normal IL, Morgantown WV and maybe Kenmore and Lackawanna NY, among others. Most are college towns or are in areas with a notable Arab presence. All are pretty walkable and/or have public transportation. Unemployment rates for all of the areas mentioned are at or below the national average.
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Cedar Rapids, IA
Historically one of America's most prominent Muslim communities, Cedar Rapids is a small city that is safe and probably has a stable job market considering the industries located there (corn, etc.). Fairly diverse and not extreme temperatures of some places farther north, it might be a good place to settle down, though I'm not too sure about public transportation.
It's a nice thought, but unfortunately the public transportation is not very good and the winters are pretty extreme. If Iowa does end up being a contender, Iowa City and DSM have the same problems in those two areas, but they're probably better for a new migrant family than CR.

I think Austin, TX might not be a bad suggestion here. Or Denver is always an option.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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I watched a special where there are many muslims settling in Michigan... maybe it was Ann Arbor?
Check that out.. from what I saw, there was a real sense of community and everyone (muslim and not) works/lives together really well. Best of luck!
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:41 AM
 
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I watched a special where there are many muslims settling in Michigan... maybe it was Ann Arbor?
Check that out.. from what I saw, there was a real sense of community and everyone (muslim and not) works/lives together really well. Best of luck!
Dearborn is probably the place you are thinking of. Here was a former reality show that took place there: All-American Muslim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:10 PM
 
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Dearborn is a great suggestion. Ithaca is a good one too. I have never been to Dearborn but a friend of mine grew up in Ann Arbor and dreamed of marrying a Muslim man and met one later out of state and did. Ithaca concerns me because it may be too free-spirited on the streets and seem unholy in a modest person's eyes. Also...not sure who you and what you are like, but I wouldn't tell a fundamentalist Christian to move to Ithaca either, due to the large supported population of same sex couples. The people in Ithaca love diversity and I bet would love a foreign newcomer!
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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How about Portland Oregon? I know of a family member that has an apartment there for the 800-1000 range. You will get lots of rain but the summers are nice but I have not been there in the winter but from what I've heard from people living there is winter is not that bad. Portland seems to be a greenpeace city so I would think public transportation would be good?

I know Sacramento has a lot of muslims living there. It heats up in the summer but its a dry heat, and the winters are very liveable. Hope this helps any.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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The NYC metro area is the only one I would recommend for a devout Muslim to move to, particularly for prominence of other devout members who wear the traditional garb. Paterson and Fort Lee in Northern New Jersey, Edison and Elizabeth in Central New Jersey or Jackson Heights/Elmhurst in Queens, NY. All of these areas will provide safe housing in the price range the OP is looking for, offer a decent job market and a more moderate climate versus some of the more extreme places mentioned (Massachusetts, Iowa, Texas and Michigan).
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