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Old 10-16-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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Greetings,

I'm an African American male in my late 20s, and am educated.

Could anyone offer any recommendations for cities that have the majority of the characteristics below:

1) Churches that have ministries for singles (ages 20s - 30s).

2) Liberal city.

3) Various ethnic groups get along well with another.

4) Strong population of single professional females (ages 20s - 30s).

5) Affordable rent.

6) Strong job prospects.

7) Lots of social activities, festivals, concerts.

8) Low crime.

Thanks.

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I'm not sure any city fits all those criteria, but Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, Minneapolis/St.Paul all have a majority of those qualities in one way or another. It's probably best to research each place on its own and decide for yourself which has the strongest of the qualities you value most.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Atlanta!
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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Besides the ones already mentioned, Charlotte may be another place to look. Maybe parts of Houston or Dallas as well. Columbus OH may be another place to look into.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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The DC metro fits all except low rent. Crime is pretty clustered into pockets of the city that are easy enough to avoid. It's not as liberal as the west coast, but it's got a solid mix of all ethnicities/political affiliations/transplants from all over.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:37 PM
 
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The DC metro fits all except low rent. Crime is pretty clustered into pockets of the city that are easy enough to avoid. It's not as liberal as the west coast, but it's got a solid mix of all ethnicities/political affiliations/transplants from all over.
I agree, DC would be a great fit and though more expensive salaries compensate, which is how people afford to live there. I'm always stunned at the number of people who dismiss living someplace because it's more expensive than what they're accustomed to. Believe it or not, it's not as if everyone living in said city are making ginormous salaries or are trust fund babies. It's called economics and how people seemingly get along just fine in NYC, Boston, DC, San Francisco and other similar cities.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Atlanta. It's by far the best city for an educated African American. DC would be my second choice if I were in your shoes.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I agree, DC would be a great fit and though more expensive salaries compensate, which is how people afford to live there. I'm always stunned at the number of people who dismiss living someplace because it's more expensive than what they're accustomed to. Believe it or not, it's not as if everyone living in said city are making ginormous salaries or are trust fund babies. It's called economics and how people seemingly get along just fine in NYC, Boston, DC, San Francisco and other similar cities.
It's all about budgeting. Most people I know spend more than the suggested 25-30% of salary on rent or a mortgage out of necessity, but we all just eat out less or are more frugal with our vacations or whatever else to balance it out. You can easily look up cost of living calculators to see if the salary difference is high enough to balance out the COL differences. It's usually not quite there, but it's not horrible.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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As another poster stated, Atlanta definitely has a large population of educated black people, which I'm sure you'll enjoy being in the mix with.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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Thank you all for your responses, and recommendations. They are very helpful! A few weeks ago, I visited Atlanta, and was quite impressed with the city. I have heard a lot of positive aspects about the other cities listed, and do plan on doing follow up research.
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