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Old 11-16-2015, 05:58 PM
 
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North Dakota is relatively safe, if you can tolerate the extreme cold winters. I'd recommend Grand Forks.
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:38 AM
 
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The problem with being poor is whatever place you move to will be populated by people in similar socio economic conditions and almost all those places breed the types of conditions you are trying to avoid.
Best bet is to get a decent job and up your status from poor to something better.
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:06 PM
 
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The problem with being poor is whatever place you move to will be populated by people in similar socio economic conditions and almost all those places breed the types of conditions you are trying to avoid.
Best bet is to get a decent job and up your status from poor to something better.
The question I should really be asking then is: Where can I move my family that has more upward-mobile job opportunities?
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:57 PM
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The question I should really be asking then is: Where can I move my family that has more upward-mobile job opportunities?
Minneapolis was suggested, and has a really good economy...so it's probably the best big city option. But thanks for creating this thread, I gather that some of the people who ask for relocation advice are in your same situation but aren't willing to say it.
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Old 11-17-2015, 04:40 PM
 
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I hold a Sociology degree and since graduation have just been doing odd jobs.

Thanks for these responses. These are great starting points to consider.
With a sociology degree you can apply to a county government in order to earn a very decent living and very good benefits as a case worker or similar? I see these jobs offered all the time (when looking for something else).

You just need to check out COUNTY SEATS and the cities and towns near them. If the county seat is not as safe as you'd like, which they often are not, then look for a city or town within reasonable commuting distance to where the office would be located.

Here are some websites that will help a sociology major find work:

American Sociological Association:

What can I do with a sociology degree? — Sociology

On The Job Market — Sociology

What jobs are available with a Sociology degree?

Career Opportunities for Sociology Majors Degree in Sociology

Career Opportunities | Department of Sociology

Good luck!
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Old 11-17-2015, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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One suggestion I would make that works anywhere - mail carriers make good money (in Minneapolis they start at $17hr and average over $50k a year). They are hired largely based on an in house post office exam that stresses memory, which is something that smart people tend to have a lot of. If you are smart and poor, can pass a drug test and don't have a criminal conviction, it can be a good way to get out of poverty. Long term prospects for mail carriers as a profession are probably not good because of technology driven changes, but in the short term they have a lot of positions to fill because of retiring baby boomers.
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:12 PM
 
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The question I should really be asking then is: Where can I move my family that has more upward-mobile job opportunities?
Move to South Dakota and take advantage of the fact that many technical school programs are FREE to those who agree to remain in the state to work: https://www.builddakotascholarships.com/

So take a look at that website, find a school and a program that will work for you, move to the SD city or town where the school is located, and re-train yourself so that your family's life will be better.

Southeast Technical Insitute offers many of these programs. It is located in Sioux Falls, which currently has a strong economy and a low crime rate. You can get a 2 BR apt in a decent neighborhood in SF in the $500 - $800 range.

Just come expecting to work hard, and don't whine about the weather!
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Old 11-17-2015, 11:19 PM
 
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My wife and I are poverty-level and we're needing to move.

In the current state where we live (New Mexico) there really aren't any safe places that are cheap (drugs, gang violence, homelessness are prevalent in low income areas).

We'd like to move someplace safe, especially to give our son a decent life. If you can throw out some ideas, I'd greatly appreciate it.
I agree with KyleG. Part of moving and having a better life is where you can work.

What kind of work do you do?

There are reasonably priced locations, but if your family isn't earning a living, they won't work either.

Good luck!

MSR
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:13 AM
 
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Might be something right where you're at=
https://www.google.ca/#safe=active&q...+in+New+Mexico
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:01 AM
 
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Des Moines is solid.

It's increased its number fairly well paying of professional/finance jobs from 50,000 in the 1990's to 105,000 today. Healthcare has also increased by 20,000 jobs during that time and Leisure/hospitality has grown by 20,000 as well.

Manufacturing is not strong in the city at all though, only around 5% of jobs are manufacturing. It's best if you have some sort of white collar/service desire in a job.
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