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Old 08-23-2014, 10:19 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

I am currently residing in Colorado. I am originally from Alabama, and moved to Colorado back in 2005. Having attended college and working here for a few years since graduating I am ready for a new “adventure”.

I am considering a number of places on the east coast as I am sure it would be a good fit for me. Below are my stats for helping me find a city to best meet my needs.

I am 24 yo
Full-time working professional
African American
Working in the Marketing field (digital is my forte)
I am an openly gay male
Wanting to pursue masters sometime soon (but not for another 2-3 years)
Can afford about 500 - 750 a month
Not a huge partier, but like to go out on weekends for drinks and socializing
Wanting to get away from all this snow, so somewhere where the amount of snow fall is low
Place where it rains frequently, I love the rain
Love cultural activities (museums, parks, shows etc.)
Want to be close as possible to water/beaches, if that in tells a weekend away, that's fine too
Wanting to be able to live near NYC for weekend trips


Over the past few months I have been job searching and saving for this move. I only have about 3,000 so far so moving without a job is totally not my plan and would probably not be a safe decision. From my experience over the past 2 months of job hunting, it seems that most employers are not interested in someone who doesn’t already live in the area. So any advice in this area would be appreciated.

Places I'm considering:
Virginia
DC
Maryland
Philadelphia
Boston

Thank you all immensely for your help since i am not exactly sure what to do!
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:09 AM
 
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Hi everyone!

I am currently residing in Colorado. I am originally from Alabama, and moved to Colorado back in 2005. Having attended college and working here for a few years since graduating I am ready for a new “adventure”.

I am considering a number of places on the east coast as I am sure it would be a good fit for me. Below are my stats for helping me find a city to best meet my needs.

I am 24 yo
Full-time working professional
African American
Working in the Marketing field (digital is my forte)
I am an openly gay male
Wanting to pursue masters sometime soon (but not for another 2-3 years)
Can afford about 500 - 750 a month
Not a huge partier, but like to go out on weekends for drinks and socializing
Wanting to get away from all this snow, so somewhere where the amount of snow fall is low
Place where it rains frequently, I love the rain
Love cultural activities (museums, parks, shows etc.)
Want to be close as possible to water/beaches, if that in tells a weekend away, that's fine too
Wanting to be able to live near NYC for weekend trips


Over the past few months I have been job searching and saving for this move. I only have about 3,000 so far so moving without a job is totally not my plan and would probably not be a safe decision. From my experience over the past 2 months of job hunting, it seems that most employers are not interested in someone who doesn’t already live in the area. So any advice in this area would be appreciated.

Places I'm considering:
Virginia
DC
Maryland
Philadelphia
Boston

Thank you all immensely for your help since i am not exactly sure what to do!
How is Atlanta not on your list?
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:52 AM
 
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I would place DC first on your list as long as you're aware with your budget you'll be in a roommate situation. Otherwise as mentioned Atlanta would be the strong runner-up in my opinion.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Schenectady, NY
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So you have a mad low budget, don't want snow, yet you wanna be close to NYC.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:23 AM
 
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How is Atlanta not on your list?
I was thinking the same thing.

If the OP wants to be close to NYC with that budget, he may have to look into an area like Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton in PA. I'm not sure of neighborhoods to look into specifically, but perhaps looking into neighborhoods near Lehigh University in Bethlehem, as college areas in cities tend to have a more open minded vibe. There's LaFayette College in Easton and the neighborhoods near it may work too. That's just a guess though. It appears that Easton's College Hill area and Bethlehem's southern end of Downtown and Northside may work. http://eastonchna.drupalgardens.com
College Hill Residential Historic District - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://www.downtownbethlehemassociation.com



NYC is about an hour and a half and Philly is about an hour away.

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Old 08-25-2014, 05:25 AM
 
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So you have a mad low budget, don't want snow, yet you wanna be close to NYC.
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I was thinking the same thing.

If the OP wants to be close to NYC with that budget, he may have to look into an area like Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton in PA.
Many actually afford living in larger cities on smaller budgets by having roommates. I think the OP is aware he's not going to live alone in a one bedroom on Park Avenue on that budget.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Wanting to get away from all this snow, so somewhere where the amount of snow fall is low

Places I'm considering:
Boston
Eh....
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:47 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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How is Atlanta not on your list?
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I would place DC first on your list as long as you're aware with your budget you'll be in a roommate situation. Otherwise as mentioned Atlanta would be the strong runner-up in my opinion.
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I was thinking the same thing.
Every gay black man isn't interested in Atlanta. The OP said he's interested in the East Coast, wants proximity to NYC, and access to the water. That clearly eliminates Atlanta.

Jburge, though it is about 6 hours from New York, I would recommend the Hampton Roads area of Virginia as I would imagine it to be the most affordable coastal location in the region and there are plenty of black professionals/military in the area. Otherwise with that budget you will most likely need one or several room mates to get by in those cities.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:59 AM
 
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Might as well mention Richmond too.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Can afford about 500 - 750 a month

Wow. That may get you somewhere in Southern Virginia.

Your budget rules out:
DC
Maryland - except for Cumberland and west.
Philadelphia
Boston

Unless you are willing to commute hours to the city.
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