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Old 04-13-2015, 08:05 AM
 
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Hello,
My boyfriend and I (currently located in Philadelphia, PA) are looking to relocate. We would like to move down south, somewhere with a beach. I'm trying to get an idea of some cities we should look into.
Here's what we're looking for:
Affordable rent (around $800 a month for a decent place)
Somewhere with a half decent job market (I know unemployment is higher down south right now, but any cities we may have a better chance in than others? Also I know wages are significantly lower, so any insight into what I can expect would be helpful as well. I work in banking and am also a certified personal trainer)
Somewhere with a health conscience environment (access to fresh, healthy foods, gyms, etc)
Affordable housing (Ability to purchase a nice house for $200,000 or less)

Any other details or helpful advice you could provide as well would be great.
Thank you all in advance.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Honestly, outside of Florida, the big, dynamic job growth areas are positioned pretty far away from a beach. I mean, there's things I love about parts of Hampton Roads, Charleston, and Savannah, but no one would call any of them particularly New South areas.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:03 AM
 
Location: USA
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Myrtle Beach probably.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:05 AM
 
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Honestly, outside of Florida, the big, dynamic job growth areas are positioned pretty far away from a beach. I mean, there's things I love about parts of Hampton Roads, Charleston, and Savannah, but no one would call any of them particularly New South areas.
Charleston is an Old South city with New South population and job growth. It could work for the OP in some of the suburban areas.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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Fairhope, Alabama
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:54 PM
 
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Thank you everyone. We've been looking a lot at Myrtle Beach, but I've read a lot of mixed things about the area. Some people love it, others say the crime is so terrible and not to move there. We're going to visit this summer to try to get a better feel for it.
Any particular areas in flordia anyone would suggest?
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:22 PM
 
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Check out Jacksonville Florida, seems to fit your criteria
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Old 04-13-2015, 01:41 PM
 
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Thank you everyone. We've been looking a lot at Myrtle Beach, but I've read a lot of mixed things about the area. Some people love it, others say the crime is so terrible and not to move there. We're going to visit this summer to try to get a better feel for it.
Any particular areas in flordia anyone would suggest?
Myrtle Beach gets more than its fair share of crime, being a really big tourist destination but I think it's mostly in the touristy areas. The biggest drawback there is the rather one-dimensional economy which focuses almost exclusively on tourism and service jobs.
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:47 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Salisbury- Ocean City, MD?
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Old 04-13-2015, 03:04 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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South Louisiana is starting to see massive investments from a lot of industries. Many billions of dollars are going into the southern half of the state. Lake Charles is blowing up faster than any part of the state, and New Orleans is exploding with film, medical, and high-tech start ups. The reason this is happening is possibly because the nation is going back to trading by sea, and diverting some of the cargo from going into CA ports (which saves money - costs less $$ to move cargo by sea as opposed to through the mountains by rail)

You know what that means for the lower Mississippi Valley ... A hint is exports from Louisiana companies are up 100% since 2009, the second highest growth in the country. $100 billion has been announced in expected investment from natural gas and chemical manufacturing industries. Our problem right now is we don't have enough educated people (and of course the perception issue). It's being seen as one of the biggest foreign investments in the nations history and definitely the biggest in the states history. 75,000 jobs are expected to be added per year over the next 10 years.
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