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Old 06-18-2015, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Hi all,

I'm 26 and live in San Francisco Bay Area where it is so expensive and I feel the deck is stacked against you unless you already own a house or are engineer god.

Looking to relocate and top criteria are:

1) JOBS

2) Cost of living, so no Washington DC/Miami/NYC/Boston

3) No snow- I've been to Atlanta/Miami in summer and would rather have heat than Chicago winters say.

4) Not over-packed with 6 million people and long commutes- this is why I ruled out Dallas/Houston/Atlanta.


Fortunately or unfortunately, the prime suspect cities are not really in this criteria, such as Seattle, Portland, Denver, Austin, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Boise.

I've found Raleigh and Charlotte to my liking with a lean toward Raleigh- not huge but not too small yet affordable. Considered Omaha despite the snow since so much going for it; Warren Buffet lives there for a reason.

Am I missing some diamond in the rough? Tampa, San Antonio, Des Moines, Phoenix, Albuquerque?
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Hi all,

I'm 26 and live in San Francisco Bay Area where it is so expensive and I feel the deck is stacked against you unless you already own a house or are engineer god.

Looking to relocate and top criteria are:

1) JOBS

2) Cost of living, so no Washington DC/Miami/NYC/Boston

3) No snow- I've been to Atlanta/Miami in summer and would rather have heat than Chicago winters say.

4) Not over-packed with 6 million people and long commutes- this is why I ruled out Dallas/Houston/Atlanta.


Fortunately or unfortunately, the prime suspect cities are not really in this criteria, such as Seattle, Portland, Denver, Austin, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Boise.

I've found Raleigh and Charlotte to my liking with a lean toward Raleigh- not huge but not too small yet affordable. Considered Omaha despite the snow since so much going for it; Warren Buffet lives there for a reason.

Am I missing some diamond in the rough? Tampa, San Antonio, Des Moines, Phoenix, Albuquerque?
Can you be more specific to what you like to do or looking for in a city? Close to the beach, mountains, lakes, public transportation important, etc? Type of work?
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:12 PM
 
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Um Miami isn't expensive??
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:20 PM
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Raleigh has snow. Granted it's not like Chicago, but keep in mind it can still get hit with a storm. And they don't have the equipment to clean it up fast.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Sorry folks, a little more specifics. Miami is hardest place to find a job FWIW according to Forbes and is ranked unaffordable by Yahoo, yes its not as expensive as LA/SF/NYC.

I know Raleigh has snow but I can deal with 6 inches a year.

I have a degree in Political Science but there is not much work there so I have experience in Shipping/Admin/Customer Serv/Operations, ideally I guess Operations Mgmt or maybe Paralegal? Really, SF has lots of jobs can't deny but so pricey. I am willing to compromise on public transit/lakes/beach, I know areas with these amenities such as Seattle/Boston are super expensive.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:43 PM
 
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Look into Knoxville, Chattanooga TN and Greenville SC. Winston-Salem NC and perhaps Greensboro.
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:47 AM
 
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Check out Richmond...food, art, culture, close to mountains, beaches and DC
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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Richmond is like Raleigh, but more urban and interesting. Raleigh is more southern, more suburban, and more tech jobs
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:27 AM
 
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If you want to almost completely avoid winter Tampa/St Petersburg would be a good option. St Pete in particular is booming with a fun downtown area with an emerging food scene, arts/culture/museums and nice beaches nearby.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:48 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Um Miami isn't expensive??
Anywhere you'd actually want to live in Miami is expensive, as are auto insurance and going out on the town.
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