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Old 11-01-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: The City
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I would also look in Philly or Baltimore if you want something a bit more urban .... both have pretty good business climates, are relatively reasonable compared to their peers, will put you within running distance to a beach (maybe more options coming from Philly)

both have a gritty element that isn't for everyone - however, for someone looking to be a young professional there is really no need to live in an area that would be unsafe

decent diversity of career options - probably more options for jobs in philly, but also a lot of competition from recent grads from the local universities

Among others this makes sense as well. Philly is a little closer to beaches (though a few really got hit hard this week sadly)
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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I would say Raleigh-Durham. It's very liberal and up and coming for young people. It also has enough transplants that the Southern culture isn't as dominant even though its in North Carolina.

If you want a bit more of a hipster vibe, though Raleigh is hipster enough, Asheville, NC might work for you.
If you look at the OP's 1 hr beach criteria, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill more than double that, and the summers can be oppressive (that was one of the reasons I moved from Chapel Hill to Philly). Asheville does have a nice vibe to it, and is a beautiful location, but seems to me (a frequent visitor when I lived in NC) to be isolated from the rest of the state and is 4 1/2 hrs to Charleston SC, where I believe you'd find the nearest beach.

I'd make a case for Philly - I'm biased, but I think it's a terrific place to live, esp'ly for people who are starting out in their careers. Cost of living is low for a large city, you're less than 2 hrs from the shore - maybe less now, after Sandy :-( Summers have 90+ degree days, like any city on the East coast, but heat and humidity waves don't seem to last as long as they do farther south.

OP: go to the Citi-Data forums for the cities that interest you (Raleigh, Richmond, et al.) and pose your question - some of the forums have stickies that have questions for potential movers (I know Philly does: http://www.city-data.com/forum/phila...some-maps.html). You'll get a mix of informed and nut-job responses (it's the Web, after all). Filter it all as best you can, then if you can make at least 2-day visits to the "finalist" cities.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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Thank you for the suggestions guys! -Keep 'em coming
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Another Vote for Raleigh/Durham and environs. Norfolk/Virginia Beach possibly.
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