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Old 12-02-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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So me and my fiance are planning to move to Monticello, In from Alaska in a few months to live with a friend. It is very cold (36 below right now) and we are ready to move away from here and start a new life. I am 20 and he is 21. I am currently attending school part time online and plan to get my bachelors degree online and he is currently working a warehouse job.

From what I hear though, Indiana is a safe and cheap place to live but it is not ideal for young people and I don't think I will want to live there forever. I am wondering what some of your ideas might be. My fiance will be getting certified to be a personal trainer and wants to go on to get a degree in Nutrition. What I am most interested in is, cheap rent and job outlook. I will also more then likely be working part time as well once we move somewhere to help with cost of everything.

Here's the top things I'm interested in--

-Cheap living/apartments
-Job opportunities without a degree
-Job outlook for personal trainers?
-Some night life, but not too crazy
-Low crime/safe neighborhood
-Lakes, Ocean, or outdoor activities

Basically just somewhere we could live comfortably without too much stress while I attend school and we won't be bored out of our minds.

Thanks for reading and sorry if that's confusing to any! Feel free to ask questions if I left anything out.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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I personally wouldn't move to Indiana. If you want to get away from the cold for a while I would look at Arizona and Texas. Both are relatively affordable place to live. The Phoenix area is great with low crime compared to other cities it's size. You and your fiancé could rent a 1 bedroom for $600 a month(and cheaper but ofcourse the cheaper the rent the worst the neighborhood). There are a couple of great lakes not far from the city and PLENTY of outdoor activities(hiking, mountain biking, camping, swimming, etc). Unfortunately, you guys are going to have to take whatever job you can get. You're both very young and don't have a lot of work experience from what I can tell. If your fiancé does warehouse work then Amazon has a fairly new warehouse that hires periodically. There are plenty of customer service jobs here that are easy to obtain if you sell yourself to the employer. Well's Fargo hires all the time as well as Godaddy.com. Just look online at job postings. The night life geared towards your age group is in the Phx burbs of Tempe and Scottsdale. Scottsdale really has fun nightlife. Dallas would be my 2nd choice for you due to the cheap cost of living. Good luck to you both.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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So me and my fiance are planning to move to Monticello, In from Alaska in a few months to live with a friend. It is very cold (36 below right now) and we are ready to move away from here and start a new life. I am 20 and he is 21. I am currently attending school part time online and plan to get my bachelors degree online and he is currently working a warehouse job.

From what I hear though, Indiana is a safe and cheap place to live but it is not ideal for young people and I don't think I will want to live there forever. I am wondering what some of your ideas might be. My fiance will be getting certified to be a personal trainer and wants to go on to get a degree in Nutrition. What I am most interested in is, cheap rent and job outlook. I will also more then likely be working part time as well once we move somewhere to help with cost of everything.

Here's the top things I'm interested in--

-Cheap living/apartments
-Job opportunities without a degree
-Job outlook for personal trainers?
-Some night life, but not too crazy
-Low crime/safe neighborhood
-Lakes, Ocean, or outdoor activities

Basically just somewhere we could live comfortably without too much stress while I attend school and we won't be bored out of our minds.

Thanks for reading and sorry if that's confusing to any! Feel free to ask questions if I left anything out.
If you get tired of Monticello which btw is a nice small town in Indiana i would recommend moving to Indianapolis
Indy is ranked as one of the best places in the nation to start/raise a family and has a nice social scene for the younger crowd too.
Ill give you my top 10 reasons for why i like Indy here:
#1 Indy 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.


All your criteria basically points to Indianapolis
Finally what you heard about Indiana being very open to transplants with Hoosier Hospitality/Being very affordable and safe is spot on.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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I personally wouldn't move to Indiana. If you want to get away from the cold for a while I would look at Arizona and Texas. Both are relatively affordable place to live. The Phoenix area is great with low crime compared to other cities it's size. You and your fiancé could rent a 1 bedroom for $600 a month(and cheaper but ofcourse the cheaper the rent the worst the neighborhood). There are a couple of great lakes not far from the city and PLENTY of outdoor activities(hiking, mountain biking, camping, swimming, etc). Unfortunately, you guys are going to have to take whatever job you can get. You're both very young and don't have a lot of work experience from what I can tell. If your fiancé does warehouse work then Amazon has a fairly new warehouse that hires periodically. There are plenty of customer service jobs here that are easy to obtain if you sell yourself to the employer. Well's Fargo hires all the time as well as Godaddy.com. Just look online at job postings. The night life geared towards your age group is in the Phx burbs of Tempe and Scottsdale. Scottsdale really has fun nightlife. Dallas would be my 2nd choice for you due to the cheap cost of living. Good luck to you both.
I would live in 4 seasons Indiana over the hot and hellish Arizona desert anyday of the week. Plus dont forget due to the desert heat you will pay the $$ in AC/electric costs.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:19 AM
 
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Here's the top things I'm interested in--

-Cheap living/apartments
-Job opportunities without a degree
-Job outlook for personal trainers?
-Some night life, but not too crazy
-Low crime/safe neighborhood
-Lakes, Ocean, or outdoor activities

Basically just somewhere we could live comfortably without too much stress while I attend school and we won't be bored out of our minds.
Check out Madison, Wisconsin. It hits all of your criteria in terms of being relatively cheap, offering jobs (a very low 4.1% unemployment rate), plenty of nightlife options, a lower crime rate and lake/recreational opportunities. The University of Wisconsin would offer you an excellent education as well.

Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Renton Washington
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Consider New Mexico or Arizona. Phoenix, Glendale, and Albuquerque or pretty cheap and it is nice and HOT.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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Phoenix area should definitely be on your radar. Moving there myself soon. I'm sure there's a good job market for Personal Trainers in Scottsdale and the neighboring cities.

For a 20 and 21 year old it's an excellent place to be. Indiana or Wisconsin? Not ideal at this age imo. As someone else mentioned, Dallas is an outstanding choice as well. Great city, but a bit further away. Either one of these you can't go wrong with. I chose Phoenix to be a bit closer to family here in CA. That was ultimately the deciding factor for now.

Maybe get a place in Tempe where the ASU crowd is; be easier meeting people and Mill Ave. is the student party spot just off campus. But I'm sure there's other parts of Tempe that are a bit quieter but still close enough to the action in Tempe and Scottsdale.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Philadelphia, Pa
Charlotte NC
Denver
Suburbs of Philly or NY in NJ
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: North Las Vegas, NV
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Phoenix, AZ & Las Vegas, NV both warm, cheap and fun for the young.
Fort Lauderdale, FL is warm, cheap and a short drive to Miami for fun.
Providence, RI has 4 seasons and isn't the cheapest, but great for your age group.
Austin, TX - hot, cheap and FUN!
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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Fort Lauderdale, FL is warm, cheap and a short drive to Miami for fun.
Fort Lauderdale is far from cheap and the job situation is horrible.

OP, IMO, you don't have to look at where you land next as being where you'll live forever.
Do your homework and see where you can get jobs lined up first.
Best of luck to you!
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