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Old 12-14-2014, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I'll agree that in some cases, it's important not to compensate for weather. I'd never want to live somewhere with extremes like the Twin Cities, Chicago, or even Phoenix (and I prefer heat over cold, so that says something!). But in actuality, New Orleans isn't as hot as people make it out to be. Especially if you have access to a pool or can visit the beach rather often.
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Old 12-14-2014, 01:23 AM
 
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I've done a little comparing myself, in terms of cost (correct me if I'm wrong)
Lowest cost first
Charlotte
Nashville
Portland
Seattle

So from a financial standpoint, Charlotte wins, with Nashville close behind.
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Old 12-14-2014, 01:54 AM
 
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I've done some comparing and in terms of what I want, I think Portland is winning with Nashville coming in second.

But what about the job markets? I only have a high school degree and some college.
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Old 12-14-2014, 02:23 AM
 
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Well I grew up in Utah so I'm used to below freezing temps during winter and high 80s during summer.
Cold is the biggest problem, though heat can be a bit much sometimes as well.
I think anywhere more mild than here is better.

Looking at a quick graph of New Orleans, it looks just fine in terms of temperature.

I guess one of the biggest things, is I just want somewhere with higher population than Logan Utah(50k)
I'm sure if I'm somewhere with more people, there's bound to be activities and people to meet.

I'd probably aim for 100k+ population minimum. 150-200k sounds pretty good. With a more heavily populated inner city.
New Orleans sounds pretty good so far of what I know.
But also I am not used to any sort of natural disasters. I know the south is much more prone than anything I'm used to. Not a huge worry of mine, but it's still a thought.
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Old 12-14-2014, 02:28 AM
 
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What about job markets?
I only have a high school diploma and some college.
I understand I may have to settle for less than desirable jobs, but are they available?
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:32 AM
 
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After watching some videos, Portland does indeed seem a bit too much hipster.
And considering it's a hotspot, I imagine it's hard to find work.
Now Nashville and Charlotte are winning.
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:42 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I've done a little comparing myself, in terms of cost (correct me if I'm wrong)
Lowest cost first
Charlotte
Nashville
Portland
Seattle

So from a financial standpoint, Charlotte wins, with Nashville close behind.
I came across this on the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce just the other night. It is cost of living comparison chart for the second quarter of 2014. According to it, Nashville's cost of living is lower than Charlotte's.

Nashville 90.8
Charlotte 95.2
Portland 123.8
Seattle 127.5

http://charlottechamber.com/clientup..._of_Living.pdf
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:44 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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I've done a little comparing myself, in terms of cost (correct me if I'm wrong)
Lowest cost first
Charlotte
Nashville
Portland
Seattle

So from a financial standpoint, Charlotte wins, with Nashville close behind.
I always thought Nashville was cheaper than Charlotte, more far from ocean and BosWash.
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:51 AM
 
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Well, it still comes in that Nashville and Charlotte are the cheapest two options.
Portland is a little too hipster.
Seattle is a little too expensive.

So right now I'm looking at Nashville and Charlotte, but keeping an open mind to other similar cities.

But man, Oregon. Perhaps I'll have to find somewhere smaller within Oregon. It's just so charming in terms of scenery and available activities.

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Old 12-14-2014, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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But man, Oregon. Perhaps I'll have to find somewhere smaller within Oregon. It's just so charming in terms of scenery and available activities.
Just find a place in Oregon that aren't filled with hipsters.
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