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Old 11-14-2014, 08:36 AM
 
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Hi! I'm in my early 30s, living in Pennsylvania. I work as an instructional designer for a university but also have a background in software support and software training. All in all I have about 6 years experience in technology, 4 being in higher education. I have a master of science degree in instructional media.

I've been thinking about moving for a long time because I grew up in PA and I long to separate myself from my roots. I had lived in New England for many years, but it is just too cold up there for me. I also lived a bit in London when I was in my early 20s (South Kensington), and I loved the neighborhood feel of that area. I'm not sure if a place like NYC would be my type of thing just because it is so busy and so expensive.

What I'm looking for:

1. A place with plenty of jobs in my field (higher education/technology/etc.)
2. Warm (I am not afraid to say goodbye to seasons - I really dislike winter)
3. Not crazily inexpensive. I would like to be able to afford an apartment to myself - nothing fancy. I'm okay with a studio - I'd rather not have a roommate at this point in my life.
4. Lots of interesting, well-educated, liberal-minded people.
5. Neighborhood feel
6. Positive/friendly vibe
7. Single people!
8. Easy to get out of the city and go on hikes, kayak trips, camping, etc.
9. Vibrant culture
10. Dog-friendly

A lot of my friends are steering me toward Austin, and it does feel like that city would meet my needs, however, I'm not really the type of person to be "on trend" fashion-wise, and I don't want to have to worry if I'm hip enough to fit in someplace. Not sure if Austin is really like that of if that is just the idea I've gotten from media outlets.

Anyway, any suggestions you can give me would be great, and any tips on what to do while considering relocating would also be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Old 11-14-2014, 01:19 PM
 
Location: O4W
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Atlanta would be perfect for you. Everything you are looking for in your list is here. Plus it is not that far from PA when you need to go home. Plenty of single people are here, great culture, plenty of places to hike, great vibe, plenty of educated people, lots of IT jobs, etc
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:51 PM
 
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I'd also look into the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of NC.
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I agree with Atlanta. Austin, Dallas and RDU very close behind. I assume #3 is supposed to say "expensive" rather than "inexpensive."
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:14 AM
 
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There's a tendency when coming from a cold climate to say you want warm all the time, but many wind up missing the seasons....especially when faced with screaming hot weather for 7 months of the year (Texas). A well rounded four season climate without long stretches of hot or cold might be a good trade-off, just suggesting from experience. Cities like Atlanta, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill or Charlotte would be good examples in terms of touching all of your criteria.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:31 AM
 
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Thanks, everyone! I actually have a friend who lives in Atlanta, so I'll be visiting her this spring to check it out. I'll also look into NC. I'll be visiting Austin as well this spring to compare. I don't mind the heat, really. I've lived in the NE long enough to say goodbye to seasons for good
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: O4W
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Thanks, everyone! I actually have a friend who lives in Atlanta, so I'll be visiting her this spring to check it out. I'll also look into NC. I'll be visiting Austin as well this spring to compare. I don't mind the heat, really. I've lived in the NE long enough to say goodbye to seasons for good
Post in the Atlanta forum b4 you come we can let you know where to go
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:00 PM
 
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Thanks, everyone! I actually have a friend who lives in Atlanta, so I'll be visiting her this spring to check it out. I'll also look into NC. I'll be visiting Austin as well this spring to compare. I don't mind the heat, really. I've lived in the NE long enough to say goodbye to seasons for good
Again regarding the heat/long summers, everyone says that when they move out of a climate with long winters but many wind up regretting the 180 degree change. Look up the term "halfbackers" as it applies to those who move South from the North.
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:48 AM
 
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Post in the Atlanta forum b4 you come we can let you know where to go
Will do! Thanks!!
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:11 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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I'd also look into the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of NC.
All three would be suitable, but I think Durham would be best WRT housing costs and demographics. OP should keep in mind that when the area gets anything resembling winter weather events (1/4" snow, for example) they go crazy: stockpile food; inept driving; etc. A small price to pay for a nice 3 1/2 season climate, though.
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