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Old 01-31-2013, 08:36 AM
 
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Yo, I am 24 years old and having been born and raised in New Orleans, it is time for me to go. I love New Orleans traditions, but I want to start a business and I personally want to be apart of a city or state that is more globally relevant, as superficial as that may sound. It is just that, the state government has screwed our city up so much(education, medical care) that most people just have this feeling of 'I give up'. Not that people from New Orleans are highly motivated, I mean it is called the Big Easy for a reason. I am tired of the careless attitude, the racism, the ignorant and the poverty that is forever increasing. No one seems to want to get ahead, only to just 'get by' and drink. Anyone who really wants to do something eventually moves away. For someone like me who really wants to make a difference, it is incredible frustrating.

So I am moving. Main goals are to go to Grad School and eventually start my own tech online business. Job wise, I work in retail and I can very much transfer anywhere in the country(Or Canada).

I am used to being on my own and responsibility isn't a concern.

Now, it is a goal and dream to get the hell out of the South. I have lived in Houston, Atlanta, Baton Rouge and now I am just tired of it. The racist, conservative, culturally unware situation in a lot of areas is too much. I have literally felt like a blacksheep my entire. No complaints though, Im not whining, just saying.

Now New York city was always that dream place to move to, but the older I get the more I realize that it may not be the greatest place on earth'.

Now in anyone's opinion, which of these cities would you recommend for me: Young non-religious single male looking to start a business, meet new friends, be a part of progressive culturally aware city, have a good night life and eventually find love and start a family(maybe)

New York City
Chicago
Seattle
Ann Arbor
Vancouver(I understand its in Canada)

I understand in any big city one must deal with different levels of loneliness, crime, snobbiest, etc.
Like Ive heard of the Seattle freeze and the NYC snobbiest and the boring Vancouver.
But I am an extroverted person, who is passionate, loves to laugh and is always trying to come up with ideas to progress mankind. (I am always thinking critically...like seriously always)

Any advice is highly appreciated and, no it doesn't have to be the 5 cities I have listed.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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If you don't mind a smaller community, maybe Ithaca NY or Burlington VT could work. As for a bigger or other cities, look into Minneapolis, Denver, Columbus OH and Madison WI.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:43 AM
 
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Apply to the best graduate schools you can, and then pick from the list of those who accept you and offer you the most support.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:01 AM
 
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Now in anyone's opinion, which of these cities would you recommend for me: Young non-religious single male looking to start a business, meet new friends, be a part of progressive culturally aware city, have a good night life and eventually find love and start a family(maybe)

New York City
Chicago
Seattle
Ann Arbor
Vancouver(I understand its in Canada)
Of your list I would suggest Ann Arbor. Large college towns have been leading the economic recovery and seem to be the least prone to recession, and as such are great for tech start-ups in my opinion. For much the same reason and offering many of the same qualities (with a significantly larger population) you might consider Columbus, OH as well.
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