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Old 08-21-2014, 03:00 PM
 
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A little background, I'm in Phoenix now but am looking to hit the road and find some place more urbane and cosmopolitan to live. Of the cities in the title, which do you guys think offers the best situation for someone starting a life from scratch? I own a car, but a great public transit system would be a plus. I have an interest and some limited experience in commercial aviation (specifically cargo) and an associate's in Aviation Science. I'm now finishing up my Bachelor's in business management online from ASU. I worked in a coffee shop for two years so if nothing else I have that to get my feet off the ground too.

I have $1000 to my name to get started in a living situation.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Either find a job first or wait until you have about 10 times as much money saved before moving to one of those cities. They're expensive and even finding a coffee shop job can take a while.

For aviation, the obvious choices would be Seattle, where Boeing started, and Chicago, where it's based now. But all of those cities have busy airports.

What do you like other than aviation? What kind of climate do you prefer? That might help pick a city but it's just as likely that you'll move to the one where you find a job.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:33 PM
 
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A little background, I'm in Phoenix now but am looking to hit the road and find some place more urbane and cosmopolitan to live. Of the cities in the title, which do you guys think offers the best situation for someone starting a life from scratch? I own a car, but a great public transit system would be a plus. I have an interest and some limited experience in commercial aviation (specifically cargo) and an associate's in Aviation Science. I'm now finishing up my Bachelor's in business management online from ASU. I worked in a coffee shop for two years so if nothing else I have that to get my feet off the ground too.

I have $1000 to my name to get started in a living situation.
I agree w/ the other poster-
save some more money before taking off.....
There's no guarantee you'll find a job right off the bat & $1000 isn't enough of a safety net.
Keep in mind that it's no fun being unexpectedly homeless, lol

And from your choices- I say Houston, you can't go wrong w/ Texas
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:46 AM
 
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A little background, I'm in Phoenix now but am looking to hit the road and find some place more urbane and cosmopolitan to live. Of the cities in the title, which do you guys think offers the best situation for someone starting a life from scratch? I own a car, but a great public transit system would be a plus. I have an interest and some limited experience in commercial aviation (specifically cargo) and an associate's in Aviation Science. I'm now finishing up my Bachelor's in business management online from ASU. I worked in a coffee shop for two years so if nothing else I have that to get my feet off the ground too.

I have $1000 to my name to get started in a living situation.
Given your criteria Chicago in my opinion is a no-brainer from the list provided.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I have $1000 to my name to get started in a living situation.
This isn't the 90s. You might find an efficiency at $700 a month in only Denver or Houston. If you live far enough out or in the hood, then Chicago. The landlord/corp will require the first, possibly last, month's rent with an almost or equal amount for a security deposit. You will need to provide a stable work history including possible pay stubs. Next you will need to come up with money for utilities, gas, and living expenses. A $10 hr coffee job isn't going to cut it. In Seattle, a $15hr coffee job isn't going to cut it.

Find roomates, stress on the plural, and you could live in the other cities you mentioned.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Wow, $1,000? That's not enough to take for a weekend road trip, let alone a move. Save up at least $10,000. Any less in savings is not wise.
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:53 AM
 
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Houston doesn't immediately strike me as any more urbane and cosmopolitan than Phoenix, but that's just me.

$1k isn't going to do it. 5 or 6 maybe if you get a cheap place lined up with roomies beforehand. Also , associates won't help you much, so I'd focus on the business management. Can you get an internship? Those cities are going to be cutthroat.
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Get a job where you are, work there for awhile. This will get you some experience and a possible transfer to another state where you might find to be a better choice after doing your research.

With only $1,000, a newly minted degree and experience in a field in which every other person has theirs and more, you are better off waiting a few years before you make your move unless you can line up something that will be guaranteed to be waiting for you when you get there.

One thing for sure, if this advice seems to be too hard to take, do not choose cities to which everyone else is flocking. You will have an extremely difficult time getting anywhere. Instead choose those that are not so sought after for relcoation. You do not want to even think about the West Coast or PNW. $1,000 will get you a couple of nights in a hostel and a few meals and then you are on the streets with all the other homeless people. Try again later.
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