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Old 02-02-2013, 11:02 AM
 
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Hi,
I am graduating from university soon and I don't know how to even start deciding where I will move to. I saw a similar post and everyone was very helpful, so for you travelers out there, where should I consider to move to (in the US) that has(ish):

Four distinct seasons (hot, sunny summers, cold (sunny, snowy) winters)
Population 40,000-350,000
In or near forests
Mountains or hills
Young-ish population (I'll be 30 and single and looking )

I was looking first at Seattle, then realized after 4 years in Ireland, I'm not happy with the constant grey skies; then Portland (same thing). I was looking a little at the Denver area, but it doesn't look like there are many trees around... I grew up in rural Maryland, and I do absolutely love it there, but I was hoping to move west-ward and experience something new.
thanks for any advice!!
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Spokane, WA perhaps could work.
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:47 PM
 
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Maybe Salt Lake City?
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:51 AM
 
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Fort Collins, Colorado would be a good choice. It hits all of your criteria (it's young, the average age is 35) and is in an absolutely stunning area with low crime, clean air and lots of recreational amenities. Home | Fort Collins
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:37 AM
 
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Hmmm... I hadn't thought of Spokane or SLC... I had always thought of Utah as being more desert than forest...
and Ft Collins seems nice, and it's close to Denver
Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Find a job first and then explore your options. That's the most important thing these days.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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Find a job first and then explore your options. That's the most important thing these days.
The only issue there is that very few employers hire from afar any longer, particularly in entry level positions. Nowadays one has to have a considerable amount saved (several months minimum of living expenses) and start looking upon arrival.
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:48 AM
 
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Find a job first and then explore your options. That's the most important thing these days.
I wasn't planning on moving anywhere until I have been hired, I am just having trouble deciding where to look for jobs, as in my field I can go anywhere.

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The only issue there is that very few employers hire from afar any longer, particularly in entry level positions. Nowadays one has to have a considerable amount saved (several months minimum of living expenses) and start looking upon arrival.
Hmmm, that's another concern.... I'm new to the whole looking for jobs (went from high school, to uni, to military, back to uni, and now to the job market), so I was sort of hoping that I could apply to a few places then go out to interviews and see the towns/cities, then get hired (hopefully!!) then move! I hope that's not too far fetched....
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon would be the sunniest city in that state that meets all the other criteria.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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Hmmm... I hadn't thought of Spokane or SLC... I had always thought of Utah as being more desert than forest...
and Ft Collins seems nice, and it's close to Denver
Thanks!

Boulder might work too
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