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Old 10-30-2013, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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So I am an AZ native. Arizona is a great state and all but I want something different. This is what I would like in a city:

- Better weather. The 70s feel like a dream come true to me but then again, even the 90s do too. And the 60s. Highs in these ranges would be great. But no more 100s, I can't. Monsoon season is also my favorite time of the year in Phoenix. Call me crazy, but I love humidity and rain. Not sure about Portland/Seattle rain though, I've never been there. (Also, me and snow don't get along very well. Maybe somewhere with a little snow is fine but no Midwest snow, please. I guarantee I could not handle that.)
- Four seasons, maybe? Any day of the year looks the same down here so some variety would be nice.
- More diversity. I'm sick of the same stores, the same restaurants, the same types of people in cookie-cutter houses.
- More nightlife, so more concerts, bars, local shows, etc.
- More outdoor activities. I love to kayak and whitewater raft (and pretty much every water sport in general) but that's pretty much impossible to do often in Arizona and I would like to do that more. Also, I like camping and being in the forest. Whether it is a pine or tropical forest.
- A somewhat ok job market. I've accepted that nearly no place in this country has a great job market, except Texas, apparently.
- Low COL, kind of. I'm in college currently, but this list is based on job markets to watch to apply for internships and eventually full-time jobs. The low COL is not only because I would like more bang for the buck, but because I would like to live closer to the city and not in the suburbs since I'm young.

I don't expect all of these to fit to any city, but a majority would be great. I don't have any limitations on where this city is but the closer it is to Arizona (for family) the better. Thank you guys in advance for the help!
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:20 AM
 
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Pretty much all of your criteria points toward Atlanta in my opinion. It has your criteria for weather, diversity, nightlife, outdoor activities (check out Lake Lanier), a lower cost of living and a decent job market given the fact Atlanta is one of the major corporate centers in the country. It's not close to Arizona obviously but there's umpteen nonstop flights a day out of Atlanta to Phoenix to choose from.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:06 AM
 
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Perhaps Nashville could be a good fit.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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Greenville, South Carolina


Meets all your list except for being near AZ



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Old 10-31-2013, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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You should check out Boise, ID. Not much snow in the valley but plenty in the mountains for playing.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Sandy Springs (ATL)
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So I am an AZ native. Arizona is a great state and all but I want something different. This is what I would like in a city:

- Better weather. The 70s feel like a dream come true to me but then again, even the 90s do too. And the 60s. Highs in these ranges would be great. But no more 100s, I can't. Monsoon season is also my favorite time of the year in Phoenix. Call me crazy, but I love humidity and rain. Not sure about Portland/Seattle rain though, I've never been there. (Also, me and snow don't get along very well. Maybe somewhere with a little snow is fine but no Midwest snow, please. I guarantee I could not handle that.)
- Four seasons, maybe? Any day of the year looks the same down here so some variety would be nice.
- More diversity. I'm sick of the same stores, the same restaurants, the same types of people in cookie-cutter houses.
- More nightlife, so more concerts, bars, local shows, etc.
- More outdoor activities. I love to kayak and whitewater raft (and pretty much every water sport in general) but that's pretty much impossible to do often in Arizona and I would like to do that more. Also, I like camping and being in the forest. Whether it is a pine or tropical forest.
- A somewhat ok job market. I've accepted that nearly no place in this country has a great job market, except Texas, apparently.
- Low COL, kind of. I'm in college currently, but this list is based on job markets to watch to apply for internships and eventually full-time jobs. The low COL is not only because I would like more bang for the buck, but because I would like to live closer to the city and not in the suburbs since I'm young.

I don't expect all of these to fit to any city, but a majority would be great. I don't have any limitations on where this city is but the closer it is to Arizona (for family) the better. Thank you guys in advance for the help!
Sounds like you're looking for Atlanta...except for the architectual diversity. Alotta cookie-cutter homes in the A.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:29 AM
 
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Sounds like you're looking for Atlanta...except for the architectual diversity. Alotta cookie-cutter homes in the A.
I disagree. Like most big cities Atlanta has a number of interesting neighborhoods and inner ring suburbs with a variety of architectural styles, as well as the newer build suburbs you're referring to. Some examples of places to check out are East Atlanta, Little Five Points, Old Fourth Ward, Grant Park, East Atlanta, Kirkwood, Decatur/North Decatur, North Druid Hills, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Northlake, Sandy Springs and Roswell.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:05 AM
 
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Sounds like you're looking for Atlanta...except for the architectual diversity. Alotta cookie-cutter homes in the A.
OTP, sure. ITP, that's not an issue.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Wow, Atlanta, really? I'm kind of shocked. Then again, the closest I've ever gotten to Atlanta would probably be Miami... lol. Geographically. If I eventually get an excuse to head out there I'll check it out! I haven't been to Miami in a long time but the closest I get to it in recent times is NOLA... I'll see!

Thank you guys for the advice! I'll look into all of these places and keep an open mind.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Sounds like you haven't really explored AZ, or at least you've been just been around Tucson.
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