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Old 05-29-2014, 01:10 AM
 
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Hi Guys,

I'm a DV2014 winner (GC lottery) and planning on moving to US in the near future, as I'm doing more research I am getting more confused about what place is right for me. Hope to get some advice from you guys...

A little bit about myself: 29 years old , single male, software engineer with 3 years of experience, lived most of my life in Israel.
I much rather live in a "peaceful" place with nature surrounding me rather than in a big metropolitan, also prefer to avoid cold weather. I've spent two months in NYC, and I don't think I would fit there.

My goals for this move (and generally in life are)
1. Improve my financial status - cost of living is an important factor (const of living for me is basically just housing prices, since I'm single.
2. Getting into a serious relationship and starting a family in the future. Therefore opportunities for socializing with women, dating pool and work life balance are also important factors.
3. Advancing my career - is possible in a place where there are a lot of high-tech companies.

Some more minor things that are also important to me:
1. Presence of Jewish community and Jewish people
2. As less cold weather as possible

Initially I thought that Silicon Valley is the place for me, but as I dug in the SV forums I understood that there will be some downsides:
1.extremely high housing prices - my saving will not be so significant even with $120K
2.Less girls - less dating options
3. work-life balance concept doesn't really exist.

Don't get me wrong - other than that there are only positive things in the valley, yet these are important issues (for me).

I am aware that there is no perfect place - it's all a matter of priorities. The question is - could there be a place that will fit me better than the valley?

Thank you!
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:40 AM
 
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I am aware that there is no perfect place - it's all a matter of priorities. The question is - could there be a place that will fit me better than the valley?
Further down the coast, San Diego. I think you should definitely look into there.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:14 AM
 
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Hi Guys,

A little bit about myself: 29 years old , single male, software engineer with 3 years of experience, lived most of my life in Israel. I much rather live in a "peaceful" place with nature surrounding me rather than in a big metropolitan, also prefer to avoid cold weather. I've spent two months in NYC, and I don't think I would fit there.

My goals for this move (and generally in life are)
1. Improve my financial status - cost of living is an important factor (const of living for me is basically just housing prices, since I'm single.
2. Getting into a serious relationship and starting a family in the future. Therefore opportunities for socializing with women, dating pool and work life balance are also important factors.
3. Advancing my career - is possible in a place where there are a lot of high-tech companies.


Some more minor things that are also important to me:
1. Presence of Jewish community and Jewish people
2. As less cold weather as possible
Given all of your criteria I would recommend Atlanta. While not completely free from "cold weather" it does not have anywhere near the winter of most major US cities. It's a beautiful green area with quite a number of quieter laidback areas just outside the city's core. The cost of living is well below what you are used to and will allow for considerable wealth accumulation given your profession, which is also significantly present in one of the top-tier corporate cities of the US. There is a very significant Jewish population in the area, specifically in the very desirable close-in suburbs of Decatur, Dunwoody and Sandy Spring.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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You could also look north of SV, in the Silicon Forest of Portland, or Seattle. They're actually further north than NYC but have much milder winters, nature at your doorstep, and plenty of Jewish people. Portland's COL is lower than Seattle or any of the California metros except maybe Sacramento.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Atlanta is way too big and San Diego is very expensive. Don't go there.

Instead, I would recommend either Charlotte or Raleigh, NC. They are affordable and Raleigh has plenty of software/tech jobs. Winters are mild, and there are plenty of young, single girls. There is lots of nature surrounding these areas.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Boston - It's very cold and kinda expensive, but hits on everything else.
DC - It's kinda cold and very expensive, but hits on everything else.
Atlanta - I think this one is pretty strong all the way around, but slightly less high-tech.
San Diego - Also a good option across the board, but maybe a bit on the expensive side.
Dallas - Not quite as large Jewish population but still fairly good for all your criteria.
St Louis - Ditto Dallas.
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Old 05-29-2014, 05:46 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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I'd go with DC. It's got a lot of jobs in the IT industry, a large Jewish population, winters that are generally not severe at all (plus the hot humid summers to make up up for those that are), plenty of young people and young women to socialize with, and tons of sports, musical, culinary, and cultural amenities. DC and environs are also low-rise and far less dense than NYC and doesn't have that hectic intensity that put you off of New York. Beaches are a quick drive away, parks are all over the city, and housing in the suburbs --where, incidentially many of DCs tech jobs are located -- is generally much less expensive than it is in the city. Many suburbs have their own downtowns, restaurants, cultural amenities and the like, or are on the Metro for an easy commute into the city. You might like DC. Check it out.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:12 PM
 
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I'd go with DC. It's got a lot of jobs in the IT industry, a large Jewish population, winters that are generally not severe at all (plus the hot humid summers to make up up for those that are), plenty of young people and young women to socialize with, and tons of sports, musical, culinary, and cultural amenities. DC and environs are also low-rise and far less dense than NYC and doesn't have that hectic intensity that put you off of New York. Beaches are a quick drive away, parks are all over the city, and housing in the suburbs --where, incidentially many of DCs tech jobs are located -- is generally much less expensive than it is in the city. Many suburbs have their own downtowns, restaurants, cultural amenities and the like, or are on the Metro for an easy commute into the city. You might like DC. Check it out.
Actually, I visited DC and liked it!
in what suburbs most of the tech jobs located?
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Boston - It's very cold and kinda expensive, but hits on everything else.
DC - It's kinda cold and very expensive, but hits on everything else.
Atlanta - I think this one is pretty strong all the way around, but slightly less high-tech.
San Diego - Also a good option across the board, but maybe a bit on the expensive side.
Dallas - Not quite as large Jewish population but still fairly good for all your criteria.
St Louis - Ditto Dallas.

Atlanta has an above average tech market. There are plenty of tech jobs in Atlanta. It's no Silicon Valley, but it's pretty good for tech. I spent much of my career there and I was always able to find employment.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:50 PM
 
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Atlanta has an above average tech market. There are plenty of tech jobs in Atlanta. It's no Silicon Valley, but it's pretty good for tech. I spent much of my career there and I was always able to find employment.
How are the tech salaries in Atlanta (compared to SV)? is there a tendency to pay lower salaries due to lower COL?
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