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Old 03-30-2014, 11:35 PM
 
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Hello All,

Recently, my girlfriend and myself have decided that we are going to transplant ourselves in a new community in the near future. We have so many places that we are considering, but I wanted to attempt to go to the masses and see if the "bloggersphere" has any opinions that may be helpful. We live in Houston, TX right and I love the job market, but there are a lot of things here that we are just over. Our search does not entail any exotic demands that are majorly different from most people in this country so I'm definitely sure there is a city out there that fits our criteria. Which reads as follows:

- decent job market, not worried about being able to get jobs but it would be nice to have more to choose from
- warmer climate, as close to that of Houston as possible
- bearable crime rate
- LOW cost of living, this is important to us right now! Mainly the apartment rental cost aspect
- growing city, nothing huge but no "Podunk" towns, been there done that
- a city with a decent amount of amenities
- racially diverse and open-minded, I know it's not as prevalent anymore, but I can't stand ignorance

I know I'm looking for close to a utopia, but we feel like it is not too much to ask for in a place to start our new life. We've looked at cities in NC, FL, AZ, VA, SC, and have liked them in that order so far. I, myself, like the idea of Florida, but I can't find a city that meets ALL the criteria and the trade-offs are usually between cost of living and crime rate, and that sucks. Any help would be appreciated, and, if our sights are set too high in your eyes, please feel free to tell me.

Thank you
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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you WANT a climate like Houston?

I mean you really want it to be that hot and humid? That definitely limits your choices to the southeast.

I'd look at Atlanta. Jacksonville. Tampa.

I don't have specifics really on those cities. But weather wise and size wise they work. Atlanta seems to encompass all of your wants and needs.
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:45 PM
 
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As far as climate goes, we really just want somewhere that has mild winters at best. We both came from up North and are not wanting to go back to anywhere close to that weather
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I see. I don't know the SE that well, but maybe another city in TX like Austin or San Antonio? Corpus Christi?

What about the Southwest? Phoenix?
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta, Tucson
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:06 PM
 
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You know, I was really contemplating Pheonix and still am, AZ is a clean and good state or so I've heard. Thank you. Even though it's only two post, I feel like some of my thoughts have been validated
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Hello All,

Recently, my girlfriend and myself have decided that we are going to transplant ourselves in a new community in the near future. We have so many places that we are considering, but I wanted to attempt to go to the masses and see if the "bloggersphere" has any opinions that may be helpful. We live in Houston, TX right and I love the job market, but there are a lot of things here that we are just over. Our search does not entail any exotic demands that are majorly different from most people in this country so I'm definitely sure there is a city out there that fits our criteria. Which reads as follows:

- decent job market, not worried about being able to get jobs but it would be nice to have more to choose from
- warmer climate, as close to that of Houston as possible
- bearable crime rate
- LOW cost of living, this is important to us right now! Mainly the apartment rental cost aspect
- growing city, nothing huge but no "Podunk" towns, been there done that
- a city with a decent amount of amenities
- racially diverse and open-minded, I know it's not as prevalent anymore, but I can't stand ignorance

I know I'm looking for close to a utopia, but we feel like it is not too much to ask for in a place to start our new life. We've looked at cities in NC, FL, AZ, VA, SC, and have liked them in that order so far. I, myself, like the idea of Florida, but I can't find a city that meets ALL the criteria and the trade-offs are usually between cost of living and crime rate, and that sucks. Any help would be appreciated, and, if our sights are set too high in your eyes, please feel free to tell me.

Thank you
Such as?
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Fort Wayne
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While I personally don't care for Houston, as far as work, you are going to be hard-pressed to find a similar city with the number of jobs and resources available. Most of the cities in the Sun Belt pay vastly lower than Houston or they have few, if any, jobs at all.

My advice would be Austin or San Antonio as they are both sizable urban areas and their employment rates are relatively high. Any further east or west (until you get to LA) the wages are going to drop and so are the number of open positions.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:58 PM
 
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Metomatt? Which part of the message are you referring too?
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Metomatt? Which part of the message are you referring too?
You never stated what you dislike about Houston, just what you would like in another city. Houston has everything you wanted in a city so why leave a good thing?
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