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Old 12-22-2014, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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CT might improve over the next 4 years, for sure. But I don't see it giving other metro areas a run for their money.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:14 PM
 
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Connecticut will be a leader in the US economy.
Based on what, exactly? I know next to nothing about CT. I'm genuinely curious why you think that area is prime for economic growth over so many others.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I think CT will see a mini economic boom, but nothing on the scales of say, Austin TX.

Stamford, CT is already seeing an economic boom. There are literally like 40 brand new apartment complexes all over the city, with tons of jobs. Norwalk, CT is starting to see the same type of boom with new luxury apartments being built like crazy. Fairfield County added 6,000 people from 2012 to 2013. Not a lot, but considering the county has a population of 940K, it's somewhat notable.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:44 PM
 
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Austin, Texas would be a nice fit for you.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:48 PM
 
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Austin, Texas would be a nice fit for you.
The OP is introverted and dresses "smart casual." Austin is better for extroverted personalities that like to dress alternatively or hipster. Austin is also actually a bit too liberal for the OP. Liberalism in Austin is extreme and very in your face, kind of like Portland, OR.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:51 PM
 
Location: ATL & LA
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I think the Stamford, CT suggestion is an interesting one. You have the conveniences of NYC being super close (for live music), and a decent selection of bars, coffee shops, cafes. Lots of young, working professionals. Lots of jobs.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:47 PM
 
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Based on what, exactly? I know next to nothing about CT. I'm genuinely curious why you think that area is prime for economic growth over so many others.
Based on our excellent human capital. We have great universities and colleges in Connecticut not to mention those in the region. Hartford metro has excellent public schools and housing stock. Everything you could want in a smal compact area. The jobs aren't here yet, but we are growing in almost every sector from construction to biotech. We are building our public transportation as well as highways.

I am a very big fan of Hartford Metro because it does offer some amazing perks while being relatively affordable. The extra money you get paid in salary well makes up for some little extra taxes you might need to pay.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:48 PM
 
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I think the Stamford, CT suggestion is an interesting one. You have the conveniences of NYC being super close (for live music), and a decent selection of bars, coffee shops, cafes. Lots of young, working professionals. Lots of jobs.
Stamford would be perfect for the OP.

Really look into this area. So much going on.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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The Research Triangle metro of North Carolina (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill). Fairly liberal, but definitely not over the top since it's still a southern metro. Great weather for the most part, although very hot/humid during the summer. Not a huge club scene at all, but downtown Raleigh is becoming more vibrant with many trendy bars. Kind of a preppy region if that bothers you, but you'll definitely find some Indie types like myself. You can hike at Umstead State Park close to the heart of the Research Triangle, and the mountains in the western part of the state if you're willing to take some weekend trips. Only big complaint you'll hear regarding this area is the suburban sprawl, lot's of suburbs. You'll definitely need a car, too.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:31 PM
 
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I think the sunbelt boom is going to die out within the next 5-10 years and the northeast and Midwest will see a renaissance. Things like this are cyclical. And the cold climate isn't going to be an obstacle for most who are looking for opportunity.
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