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Old 10-16-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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Hello! Since I arrived back from the Peace Corps last month Ive been giving serious thought as to where I would like to live. Currently I live in Oklahoma and the -every-man-for-himself-I-like-my-space- attitude is killing me! I started compiling a list of cities, and yet I havent been to some of them! If you could give me your advice I would much appreciate it. In case it helps, heres a little info about me: Im 26, female, have a science degree, and probably would want a roommate and a pet. I like art and reading!

Listed below are the things I want in a city:
a BIG city
Extremely walkable (I really dont want to use my car, I love walking everywhere and people watching. Im looking for somewhere that will force me to be more social and get out of my shell a bit more.)
Diverse (from diverse cultural backgrounds to diverse interests)
Somewhere that values artsy and creative people
A lot of nonprofit jobs available/good job market for recent college grads
Lots of museums/concerts/things to do...
low humidity, not over 95 in summer, not below 20 in winter
a lot of laid back, fun 20-30 year olds (preferably single)

Below are three cities I think fit most of these categories:
New York City
San Francisco
Washington DC

What cities do you think match me the best from what Ive said?
Could you also list how much money you think a person would need to make to survive in the city you choose? -Im a bit nervous about finding a job and the cost of living in the cities, especially in the nonprofit field!!!
Thanks a bunch!
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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Washington, DC without a doubt. It's the mothership for nonprofits and fulfills the rest of your criteria handily. The Court House and Clarendon neighborhoods of Arlington, VA are very close to the city and offer a walkable/transit accessible lifestyle with a population very similar to yourself. Not knowing your other incidentals it's hard to predict a budget but would say you could comfortably find a decent two bedroom to share in the area for around $1800-$2000 a month.

Clarendon
Court House
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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Kyle, when you say 1800-2000 a month for rent of a two bedroom apt, do you mean for the both of us (900-1000 a person) or 1800-2000 a person? Thanks!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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Besides the ones mentioned, maybe parts of the Boston metro(Cambridge, Dorchester, Somerville, etc.).
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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Is Boston a pretty diverse city? Do they have a lot of nonprofits?
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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Is Boston a pretty diverse city? Do they have a lot of nonprofits?
Those areas that I mentioned are diverse and there are others. I'm not sure about non profits, but I would assume that there some there.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:34 AM
 
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Kyle, when you say 1800-2000 a month for rent of a two bedroom apt, do you mean for the both of us (900-1000 a person) or 1800-2000 a person? Thanks!!
For the both of you, $900 to a $1000 per person.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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Thanks all!
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:02 PM
 
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Los Angeles in its core (near downtown) and out towards the west to Santa Monica has your requirements fulfilled. If you get a job and live in that region, Los Angeles can be an amazing place. The mass transit is especially effective if you have a smartphone which could give you good use of the really extensive bus system. LA is especially good when talking about artsy and creative young people, things to do, diversity, and weather.

I'd recommend Chicago, too, but it definitely doesn't meet the weather requirements though it's a very vibrant and affordable city.
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