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Old 06-19-2013, 08:34 PM
 
Location: New Hyde Park, NY
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Hello All,

I'm hoping that you could help me. I'm looking to up root to a new location and need some suggestions. I love Salem MA, where I'm currently residing, however, it's time to wander and explore! Here's what my husband and I are looking for:

1) Healthy Employment - My husband is a Solar Electrician and I am currently have employment in a corporate bank. I'm looking to move out the the corporate space for something more meaningful.

2) The Great Outdoors - With the White Mountains two hours away, this is going to be hard to beat. I love being outside.

3) The ability to pay rent and buy bread - We originated from Long Island NY. It was impossible to make ends meet.

4) Friendly People - As I said, I love Salem but the whole of MA was difficult to relate to. It was my experience that connection is not easy with the people of MA. The individuals where very conservative (not talking about politically) and, well, cold.

Those are the BIG FOUR for us. We were thinking Austin, Salt Lake City or Portland, OR..... but we're not sure.... any suggestions?

Thank you for your assistance in advance.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:37 PM
 
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Denver maybe?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:05 PM
 
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If you want a total change from Massachusetts I would suggest the Phoenix area. Great outdoors right in your backyard and if you want snow and "Real Mountains" they're just 1.5-2 hour drive to the north. Pretty decent weather a good portion of the year. The Phoenix area has a large banking and financial presence. Bank of America and Wells Fargo have a huge corporate presence here. And I'm not very knowledgeable on your husbands field of work but I would imagine he wouldn't have too difficult of a time finding employment. Oh and the people here are friendly but keep too themselves at the same time. Like when your neighbors see your uhaul truck pulling up in the driveway don't expect them to rush over and greet you and welcome you to the neighborhood. And you will definitely be able to pay your rent and buy 10 loafs of bread.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Any of the big five: Seattle, Portland, Denver, Mpls, Austin
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Cleveland
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Denver, Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, really any city up in the Northwest.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:45 PM
 
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The first cities that came to my mind were Denver and Portland. Between those two, Denver is probably the better choice due to a healthier job market.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:23 AM
 
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I would echo Denver and urge you to not overlook Salt Lake City, which pretty much blows away any preconceived notions when you visit.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:41 AM
 
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I'm from LI and I still live here. Sorry you had such a difficult time. We bust our butts to live here (hubs and I) but we'd rather live like bums here than kings anywhere else. I love MA though. Are you looking for a suburban, rural or urban setting? What about somewhere like Rockland Cty? That way you are still close to your LI roots, the upstate great outdoors and the city.

Also need to add, while some cities have better employment levels than others, Americas economy and unemployment level on the whole is not very good. Be prepared to wait a while before a job falls in your lap.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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I would echo Denver and urge you to not overlook Salt Lake City, which pretty much blows away any preconceived notions when you visit.
I've never been to SLC but I know someone who has and wouldn't advise moving there unless you're mornon, lest you be shunned. Is that accurate? For example, Mormons really only date and marry other Mormons. SLC obviously has a huge Mormon population
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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I've never been to SLC but I know someone who has and wouldn't advise moving there unless you're mornon, lest you be shunned. Is that accurate? For example, Mormons really only date and marry other Mormons. SLC obviously has a huge Mormon population
The dating thing is true, but no you will not be shunned for not being Mormon. Less than half of the city proper is Mormon.
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