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Old 10-30-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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I grew up in Alaska, but have spent the last 2 summers in lower Delaware. I fell in love with the warm weather and beaches, so now I'm considering moving out that direction. I'm in my mid-20s and just out of college (marketing and management). Here's what I want: somewhere safe, within 1 hour or so of the beach, nothing too expensive (a difficulty for the East Coast I know), a place where I can find my 1st career, as well as meet people my age. I was thinking nothing much farther north than Delaware (I'm tired of harsh winters), and nothing too south (I don't think that's my style). I would prefer an area that doesn't get devastated by hurricanes a lot too So any suggestions of states/towns/general areas and why would be great -thank you!
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:22 PM
 
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By self eliminating criteria it seems the Norfolk/Hampton Roads area would be your best bet.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:19 PM
 
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What are the pros and cons of this area? Are there better neighborhoods than others? Thanks for the input
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:20 PM
 
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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
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:09 AM
 
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When you say "nothing too south," how much further south would you consider? If you have reservations about the South from a cultural perspective, realize that urban areas and some coastal areas can be anomalies to an extent.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:37 AM
 
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By self eliminating criteria it seems the Norfolk/Hampton Roads area would be your best bet.
Yup or perhaps Richmond. If South Carolina isn't too far South, perhaps Columbia.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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When you say "nothing too south," how much further south would you consider? If you have reservations about the South from a cultural perspective, realize that urban areas and some coastal areas can be anomalies to an extent.
I guess I don't have a specific cutoff. I don't just don't want to live in 90 degree weather year round -70's-80's are my ideal for summer (yes I know most of the East Coast gets much warmer than yet -Delaware has been a bit hot the past couple summers). If you have any anomalies, please feel free to share
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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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.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:44 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Richmond is pretty awesome. I think it meets most of your criteria, though you're much closer to rivers than beaches.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:08 AM
 
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Richmond is pretty awesome. I think it meets most of your criteria, though you're much closer to rivers than beaches.
Well, Virginia Beach is only 107 miles away and there are other beaches that are closer. Visit the James River Park System, Richmond Virginia

Virginia's Beaches - Virginia Is For Lovers
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