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Old 06-08-2013, 05:16 AM
 
Location: NE India
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Several years ago, when I had next to nothing left, I took what money I had and went to India to find some meaning in life. Realizing that I have to take it by the horns and give life its own meaning, I am now saving up my money and preparing to move back to the US. But, as I don't have a home or family tying me to any particular place, I'm not sure where to go (as in, which place is the wisest move).

I am trying to make this decision as rationally as possible. When I leave, I'll have about $5,000 in savings. I need to stretch that as long as possible, to ensure enough time to become employed again and start building a life. This rules out, I think, cities like NYC or DC given their cost of living. But other than that, I don't know much. I grew up in Northern FL, but I don't know what it's economy is like now or how affordable it is. I am considering TX, given its strong economy and decent cost of living. I am also considering parts of Virginia where there are room shares in the $300-$600 range.

My question is what you all here think the best state is for me to move to. I need a place with sufficient employment opportunities for a high school graduate lacking a college degree contrasted with an affordable enough cost of living that my dollar is stretched as far as possible.

Thanks.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:47 PM
 
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TX is your perfect mix between good economy/jobs and low cost of living. Easy choice.

FL has the cost of living but not the strong economy that Texas has.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:17 AM
 
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Jacksonville would be a better choice than Texas, as it's more affordable than cities such as Austin or Dallas and has a low 6.3% unemployment rate (which is close to all but Austin), not to mention more pleasant weather than Texas (especially in the summer).
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:30 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Jacksonville would be a better choice than Texas, as it's more affordable than cities such as Austin or Dallas and has a low 6.3% unemployment rate (which is close to all but Austin), not to mention more pleasant weather than Texas (especially in the summer).
"More pleasant" might be a stretch, when you compare Jacksonville to Houston.

Climate Comparison for Jacksonville, FL and Houston, TX
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:54 PM
 
Location: NE India
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I'm more attracted to FL as I grew up there. North FL seems affordable, which is good. Is the Jax area any more or less dangerous than it used to be? Also ,does anyone know whether Coggin College of Business at UNF is any good?
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I'm more attracted to FL as I grew up there. North FL seems affordable, which is good. Is the Jax area any more or less dangerous than it used to be? Also ,does anyone know whether Coggin College of Business at UNF is any good?
Jax isn't dangerous. Never really was. I mean, there are bad areas but it's not a dangerous city for the average person.

Not sure what your standards are for a good B School...I know several people who went there and liked it...have good jobs, etc. It's certainly not well-renown, but it's adequate and on a nice campus.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:00 PM
 
Location: NE India
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That's what I thought. As far as college, all I'm really concerned about is placements. I don't want to waste money on a useless degree. If it has good placements, it's worth applying to in my book.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:31 AM
 
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What about Omaha NE, which has a low unemployment rate and universities in Creighton and Nebraska-Omaha?
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:09 PM
 
Location: NE India
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I'm not particularly interested in Nebraska. I think I may return home to FL. Thanks, all.
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