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Old 12-01-2014, 03:50 PM
 
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Also, for more Rochester area info, this is a great guide: Rochester Wiki - The People's Guide to Rochester

In terms of the Albany area, you may want to look into areas like the Union Triangle and Upper Union Street in Schenectady; Pine Hills, Delaware Avenue and Center Square in Albany and The Hill, Sycaway, South Central and parts of South Troy and Eastside in Troy.

Grand Rapids is another MI area that may work and also has a notable Mexican community, along with diverse areas. Kalamazoo also comes to mind in MI.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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I wouldn't say that it is due to being a smaller city/area. Both(as well as Buffalo) have areas that would fit, but Rochester is a bigger city and metro.

Syracuse does have a more visible Vietnamese community due to being a refugee resettlement area. So, you are talking about relatively recent refugees/immigrants that have come from Bhutan, Burma, Sudan, Somalia, Bosnia, Vietnam, etc. Most settle on the city's North Side, which can vary depending on the neighborhood. That Court-Woodlawn neighborhood is an outer North Side neighborhood and isn't too far from this mall/entertainment center, that is the 6th biggest mall in the US: Destiny USA | Your Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment Destination


That UNPA area is on the city's East Side just east of Syracuse University and the Westcott Business District in that area has a range of restaurants, small businesses, cafes, a theater with live events, a couple of bars, a library and there is a Co-op market about 3 or 4 blocks south of it. Not too far away in the University Hill neighborhood, there are businesses, live performing arts, restaurants, etc as well: Welcome to University Hill!
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This side of town gets its diversity due to the University and other institutions in the area.

It may be a little bit more affordable than Rochester, but not by a lot.

In terms of employment, the area/region does have an insurance industry. So, prospects in that regard are there. You should be able to find some blue collar jobs in any of the NY areas as well, especially if he is open to a range of possibilities.

Here are some parts of SE Rochester: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pa...b533fa!6m1!1e1

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I've done some more research and have a couple questions on more New York cities. It looks like Albany was rated number ten in the US last year for construction and number 21 for manufacturing jobs. Is the economy better there and how does it compare to Rochester culturally? The large amount of blue collar jobs in Albany is intriguing since my husband likes to build things/work outside. I also saw that Ithaca has nice summer temps. How is the job market there?
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:22 AM
 
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I've done some more research and have a couple questions on more New York cities. It looks like Albany was rated number ten in the US last year for construction and number 21 for manufacturing jobs. Is the economy better there and how does it compare to Rochester culturally? The large amount of blue collar jobs in Albany is intriguing since my husband likes to build things/work outside. I also saw that Ithaca has nice summer temps. How is the job market there?
Albany has a solid economy and has actually seen some growth in tech jobs, which has led to some creation of manufacturing jobs. It still has a strong government sector, of course, but Albany is worth a look and the area is growing steadily. This is a great place to look for economic information: Albany Business News

Ithaca has a low unemployment and has seen a lot of construction. It is the metro with the second or third highest educational attainment percentage and the search may be competitive for white collar jobs. Here is a cool thread about construction in the area: For Those Interested in Developments in Ithaca

More info: Ithaca Builds

Ithaca is pretty diverse culturally due to being a college town, but this includes permanent residents as well. There is a pretty sizable Asian population in the area(10% of the metro) with much of it in Lansing, the town of Ithaca and the city of Ithaca. Albany-Schenectady-Troy also are diverse cities, with some small cities(Cohoes, Watervliet and Rensselaer) and suburban neighborhoods(parts of Colonie, Niskayuna, Guilderland, etc) having some as well.

This thread may help in terms of where to look for jobs: Upstate NY job openings......
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Albany has a solid economy and has actually seen some growth in tech jobs, which has led to some creation of manufacturing jobs. It still has a strong government sector, of course, but Albany is worth a look and the area is growing steadily. This is a great place to look for economic information: Albany Business News

Ithaca has a low unemployment and has seen a lot of construction. It is the metro with the second or third highest educational attainment percentage and the search may be competitive for white collar jobs. Here is a cool thread about construction in the area: For Those Interested in Developments in Ithaca

More info: Ithaca Builds

Ithaca is pretty diverse culturally due to being a college town, but this includes permanent residents as well. There is a pretty sizable Asian population in the area(10% of the metro) with much of it in Lansing, the town of Ithaca and the city of Ithaca. Albany-Schenectady-Troy also are diverse cities, with some small cities(Cohoes, Watervliet and Rensselaer) and suburban neighborhoods(parts of Colonie, Niskayuna, Guilderland, etc) having some as well.

This thread may help in terms of where to look for jobs: Upstate NY job openings......
Thanks! Ithaca looks gorgeous. Only concern is the high level of people with degrees there. I have a bachelors, but my husband only has a HS degree. May be too much competition for jobs there. Maybe i'll have to go back to college so I can fit in there
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:57 AM
 
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Thanks! Ithaca looks gorgeous. Only concern is the high level of people with degrees there. I have a bachelors, but my husband only has a HS degree. May be too much competition for jobs there. Maybe i'll have to go back to college so I can fit in there
I think you both would be fine, it is just a matter of finding jobs, like any other place a person is looking to move to. So, would you be open to smaller areas as well? Does it have to be an urban/city neighborhood or are you open to certain suburbs too?

Also, a couple of other Northeastern areas with a strong Hispanic/Latino presence that are pretty affordable are the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area in PA and Springfield MA.

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Old 12-02-2014, 10:46 AM
 
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Madison is expensive and is sort of a professional destination. Salaries are lower because one gets the "privilege" of living/workin in Madison.
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Old 12-02-2014, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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I think you both would be fine, it is just a matter of finding jobs, like any other place a person is looking to move to. So, would you be open to smaller areas as well? Does it have to be an urban/city neighborhood or are you open to certain suburbs too?

Also, a couple of other Northeastern areas with a strong Hispanic/Latino presence that are pretty affordable are the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area in PA and Springfield MA.
I'd be open to non-urban areas if they are diverse and have enough jobs. I just want somewhere thats close to everything mostly. I don't like getting stuck in traffic driving from the suburbs to a huge city for example. I'd like everyday places like grocery store, gym, etc within a few miles. How's the job situation in Allentown?
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Old 12-02-2014, 02:14 PM
 
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I'd be open to non-urban areas if they are diverse and have enough jobs. I just want somewhere thats close to everything mostly. I don't like getting stuck in traffic driving from the suburbs to a huge city for example. I'd like everyday places like grocery store, gym, etc within a few miles. How's the job situation in Allentown?
It seems like it is more of a healthcare and higher education based economy, with some manufacturing. I know that Crayola is based just outside of Easton, which is across the Delaware River from NJ.
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:07 AM
 
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Perhaps a community like Painesville OH, about 30 minutes east of Cleveland, may work. It has a pretty high Mexican percentage and its proximity to Cleveland for employment and entertainment, could make it appealing.
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Old 12-05-2014, 01:24 PM
 
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Here's a few areas of Buffalo that may work as well: The Elmwood Village Association
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Home - Allentown Association

HertelAvenue.com - Hertel Avenue Buffalo NY - Stores, Restaurants, Night Clubs, Services, Business
Hertel-North Buffalo Business Association

Here is some info on Holland MI: Holland Michigan
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