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Old 11-04-2012, 12:37 AM
 
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My wife and me are looking to relocate. We currently live in Lancaster, Ca, about an hour and a half drive North of La. We are both very young (19 and 20.) Neither of us has much job experience. We want to move out of are current residence because of a lot of reasons, namely a stagnant economy and a horribly drab landscape. The problem is we have the whole of the U.S.A. before us and we don't know where exactly we want to live. We have been looking at the areas around Denver, Co, and Portland/Vancouver, Or/Wa.

We want to live in a city or maybe a suburb that is very close to a city (aren't they all?) The biggest factors we're looking for is a good job market/economy and a safe place to live. Some other factors are:

Places like libraries and restaurants that are in walking distance from are home (probably can only be found in a city.)

Weather we are pretty mild about.

Please tell me if you need anymore information.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:33 AM
 
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You definitely would want to avoid the usual "we're young so let's pick up and move to" cities such as Portland, Austin or Seattle. The job markets aren't so good there when starting out (especially without a college degree), the cost of living is on the high side and there are a lot of people there like yourselves trying to make it. I would point you toward the new cities of opportunity that have emerged over the past few years and aren't necessarily where people have thought to move from afar but now have consistently low unemployment rates meaning there are jobs, and also lower costs of living which is of great help when moving and starting over. Factoring in the walkable criteria as well as overall safety I'd recommend:

Salt Lake City, Utah
It has a very low 4.6% unemployment rate, the scenery and outdoorsy feel of Denver, a low cost of living, low crime, a rapidly evolving demographic of younger and non-Mormon (majority non-Mormon now), college town vibrancy (University of Utah), a very good light rail system and nice in-town walkable neighborhoods.
About Salt Lake | History and Community Information

Madison, Wisconsin
Low unemployment rate also (4.6%), a lower cost of living, low crime, walkable, a young vibe as a college town like Salt Lake (University of Wisconsin)
Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Minneapolis, Minnesota
5.3% unemployment, one of the lowest costs of living of any of the "big cities", walkable neighborhoods with a light rail system also, college town feel (University of Minnesota) and a lower crime in terms of bigger cities.
Visitors - City of Minneapolis

Des Moines, Iowa
Kind of a dark horse choice but the city has a low unemployment rate of 4.5%, sustained growth, walkable neighborhoods, low crime and is surprisingly vibrant with a lot going on.
Des Moines, Iowa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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LIndianapolis would be a great place for you.
#1 it has the lowest cost of living of ANY major US city.
#2 Indy has the nations most affordable housing market. Average home price in Indianapolis: 100k
#3 Indianapolis is the fastest growing city/metro in the midwest and is a leader in the midwest for job creation. 2nd only to the Twin Cities.
#4 Indy is a very family friendly city and Indy was also ranked as the 4th happiest city for young professionals.*Cities With Happiest Young Professionals - Business Insider

#5 Indianapolis offers many unique and wonderful amendities for a city of 2M people. Attractions include Downtown Indianapolis which has over 200 unique resturants. 85% locally owned. 300+ unique shops and Circle Centre Mall and the 2nd highest concentration of monuments in a city. *2nd only to Washington D.C*
#6 Indianapolis has low traffic for a city its size. Drive through Chicago/Charlotte/Washington D.C/Atlanta/Austin Texas and youll see a major difference in traffic backups.
#7 Indy is famous for its sports and hosting large events. The Worlds Largest sporting event the Indy 500 is held here every may and the city turns to Party Town USA for the month of may. Super Bowl 46 was also held here and our city recieved such rave reviews Indy will be bidding for a Super Bowl either in 2018 or 2019. The Super Bowl Village turned Indianapolis into the worlds party capital for 10 days.
#8 Indianapolis has a strong life sciences/biotech industry. Eli Lily has its worlds headquarters in Indy and employs thousands of people. Dow Agrosciences is also located here. Along with IT companies like Angie's list/ExactTarget.
#9 Indianapolis is within a days drive to 80% of the US population. This is a major factor in the high amount of distribution jobs in Indy. a 4 hour drive or less will put you in these cities: Chicago/Milwaukee or south side of it/Detroit/Cincy/Louisville/St Louis/Fort Wayne/Columbus Ohio/Dayton.
#10 Indianapolis has very open minded/friendly people. Visitors for Super Bowl 46 raved about how nice and kind everyone was and how awsome Hoosier Hospitality was. People are down to earth and will go out of their way to help you. Also people are tolorant of other races/cultures. Indy is the most racially intregrated city in the north. 25% of blacks and whites live on the same block.

Plus there are other great things about Indy that I couldn't list in my top 10. Downtown Indianapolis won the title as america's best downtown in 2011.
Also I agree with kyle. Cities like austin and portland have to much growth and to many transplants their job markets have stiff competition. Indy on the other hand is growing but at a stable pace and the job market is much better in Indy over austin or portland etc.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Go to indeed.com

Search for jobs that interest you which you feel you're qualified for and leave the City field blank.

Apply to all that come up in cities that are decent sized.

Do not move without a job.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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I do agree with jaimyn. If you don't have a job lined up you better have enough money to survive on without income for atleast 6 months. Careerbuilder.com under the Indianapolis jobs section shows over 4600 job openings in Indy and its updated constantly.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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You definitely would want to avoid the usual "we're young so let's pick up and move to" cities such as Portland, Austin or Seattle. The job markets aren't so good there when starting out (especially without a college degree), the cost of living is on the high side and there are a lot of people there like yourselves trying to make it. I would point you toward the new cities of opportunity that have emerged over the past few years and aren't necessarily where people have thought to move from afar but now have consistently low unemployment rates meaning there are jobs, and also lower costs of living which is of great help when moving and starting over. Factoring in the walkable criteria as well as overall safety I'd recommend:

Salt Lake City, Utah
It has a very low 4.6% unemployment rate, the scenery and outdoorsy feel of Denver, a low cost of living, low crime, a rapidly evolving demographic of younger and non-Mormon (majority non-Mormon now), college town vibrancy (University of Utah), a very good light rail system and nice in-town walkable neighborhoods.
About Salt Lake | History and Community Information

Madison, Wisconsin
Low unemployment rate also (4.6%), a lower cost of living, low crime, walkable, a young vibe as a college town like Salt Lake (University of Wisconsin)
Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Minneapolis, Minnesota
5.3% unemployment, one of the lowest costs of living of any of the "big cities", walkable neighborhoods with a light rail system also, college town feel (University of Minnesota) and a lower crime in terms of bigger cities.
Visitors - City of Minneapolis

Des Moines, Iowa
Kind of a dark horse choice but the city has a low unemployment rate of 4.5%, sustained growth, walkable neighborhoods, low crime and is surprisingly vibrant with a lot going on.
Des Moines, Iowa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Along with this good list, I'd probably add Omaha and Lincoln NE as well.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:46 AM
 
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Wow thanks guys, i'm very surprised at how helpful you all are! I guess i'm used to forums with a younger population.
I'm sorry it took my so long to respond.

@kyle19125, Thanks i will definitely check out those cities. SLC i've lived in not to long ago and I am mormon (not that i'm into the sub-culture too much, just wanted to mention it.) It was pretty cool, but wife and I had bad experiences there (mostly because of apartment things, i'm sure you're all familiar) so that one is probably out.

@Broadrippleguy, I've look at the forums a bit, and you always suggest Indianapolis! The things you listed sound great though, and I will sure check Indy out. And my birthday's in May so that sounds pretty cool that it turns into Party City USA.

@ja1myn, Thank you for the advice, I definitely didn't want to move without a job. Accident waiting to happen.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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Oh and something else has jumped into my mind. Probably the top place I would like to move to is North California. Not Sacramento, but just the broadest sense of the area. As i've said I live in SoCal; and I kinda don't want to move a helluva far distance from family and friends. Does anyone have any comments or knowledge they could impart about this?
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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From what I know about NorCal, you're going to have a hard time finding a good job market. The whole west coast honestly is not your friend right now. I know that's not a great answer. If you really want to move to Portland or Denver, by all means, do it! High unemployment does not mean you will not be able to find a job, period.
But I think kyle19125 and ckthankgod have had the best suggestions so far, based on what you've said you're looking for. Minneapolis would be a giant move, but it's an absolutely gorgeous city with a great economy and a strong job market. Madison, Des Moines, and Omaha are all culturally and economically pretty similar to each other and to Minneapolis.
Totally understand not wanting to move super super far from family and friends, though. Just food for thought. For what it's worth, I've got some really great friends who just moved out here to Des Moines from a Los Angeles suburb in February, and they're doing great!
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:38 AM
 
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I'm not an expert on Boise but it seems like it might meet your criteria and not be too far from home.
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