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View Poll Results: what state should i move to?
Manchester, NH. 8 26.67%
Worcester, MA. 8 26.67%
Portland, ME. 14 46.67%
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:02 PM
 
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That is correct.

So I would say that central/eastern CT and Providence/RI and even central/western Mass are a good ratio for wages to cost of living.
Do you have any areas in Connecticut to suggest that have good pay and low cost of living. I was avoiding Connecticut because I heard it was a gang state and I really don't need that in my life. I want areas with low crime, good transportation good economy, nice people and a active downtown with somw good restaurants and scenery.
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:39 PM
 
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Do you have any areas in Connecticut to suggest that have good pay and low cost of living. I was avoiding Connecticut because I heard it was a gang state and I really don't need that in my life. I want areas with low crime, good transportation good economy, nice people and a active downtown with somw good restaurants and scenery.
Where did you hear that in regards to CT?
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:20 PM
 
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Where did you hear that in regards to CT?
On other threads, comments on other websites...some YouTube videos...lots of places. Also heard it was very haunted...if not, please educate me lol.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:20 AM
 
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Do you have any areas in Connecticut to suggest that have good pay and low cost of living. I was avoiding Connecticut because I heard it was a gang state and I really don't need that in my life. I want areas with low crime, good transportation good economy, nice people and a active downtown with somw good restaurants and scenery.
Um...CT is not a gang state at all. Whoever told you that.....is stupid. I am 31 and have lived almost my entire life all over CT. Of course, there are some cities I would avoid living in, because they have high crime, such as Waterbury, Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, New Britain and New London. Those are the high crime cities. But there are safe, nice cities such as Middletown, Stamford, Norwalk and Milford. Overall, crime in Connecticut is LOW, unless you're in one of those bad cities I listed above.

CT does not have a low cost of living, but the other cities you've been talking about aren't really any cheaper either. In fact, there is NO city with a low cost of living anywhere in New England unless you're way up in Maine (i.e. Lewiston, Bangor).

I would highly recommend Milford, actually. Low crime, and there are buses, trains, etc. It's not a low cost of living, but it's not prohibitively expensive either. It's a very desirable city, actually. The downtown is really nice with lots of nice restaurants and people walking around, etc.

Norwalk is a pretty nice city, too. Some rough areas, but overall the crime is low and there are lots of professional people living there. I lived there and liked it. It has a lot of charm, LOTS of excellent restaurants, buses, trains, etc. Lots of young people, too. It's very diverse, too. The only caveat is that it is very, expensive. A basic 1 bd apartment will be at least $1,400.

And then there's Middletown, which is the most affordable. Lots of young people, a nice walkable downtown, LOTS of apartment buildings where you can get a 1 bd for maybe $1,000. The scenery is beautiful, being on the CT river.

CT is a very pretty state and has nice scenery all over the place. I would even say that it's more scenic than Portland Maine (except for the immediate coast). Honestly, the inland areas of coastal Maine are really not that beautiful. It's kind of flat nothing spectacular. CT has very diverse scenery, with rivers, hills and tons of cute small towns all over the place.

But wouldn't you have to get a job first before moving?!
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:44 AM
 
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Um...CT is not a gang state at all. Whoever told you that.....is stupid. I am 31 and have lived almost my entire life all over CT. Of course, there are some cities I would avoid living in, because they have high crime, such as Waterbury, Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, New Britain and New London. Those are the high crime cities. But there are safe, nice cities such as Middletown, Stamford, Norwalk and Milford. Overall, crime in Connecticut is LOW, unless you're in one of those bad cities I listed above.

CT does not have a low cost of living, but the other cities you've been talking about aren't really any cheaper either. In fact, there is NO city with a low cost of living anywhere in New England unless you're way up in Maine (i.e. Lewiston, Bangor).

I would highly recommend Milford, actually. Low crime, and there are buses, trains, etc. It's not a low cost of living, but it's not prohibitively expensive either. It's a very desirable city, actually. The downtown is really nice with lots of nice restaurants and people walking around, etc.

Norwalk is a pretty nice city, too. Some rough areas, but overall the crime is low and there are lots of professional people living there. I lived there and liked it. It has a lot of charm, LOTS of excellent restaurants, buses, trains, etc. Lots of young people, too. It's very diverse, too. The only caveat is that it is very, expensive. A basic 1 bd apartment will be at least $1,400.

And then there's Middletown, which is the most affordable. Lots of young people, a nice walkable downtown, LOTS of apartment buildings where you can get a 1 bd for maybe $1,000. The scenery is beautiful, being on the CT river.

CT is a very pretty state and has nice scenery all over the place. I would even say that it's more scenic than Portland Maine (except for the immediate coast). Honestly, the inland areas of coastal Maine are really not that beautiful. It's kind of flat nothing spectacular. CT has very diverse scenery, with rivers, hills and tons of cute small towns all over the place.

But wouldn't you have to get a job first before moving?!
What about places such as Bloomfield, Windsor, East Hartford, West Hartford, Stratford, Hamden, West Haven and East Haven outside of the bigger cities? Could Groton, Norwich and Danbury work as well?

Also, what about nice areas within those first six cities you mentioned?
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:09 AM
 
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What about places such as Bloomfield, Windsor, East Hartford, West Hartford, Stratford, Hamden, West Haven and East Haven outside of the bigger cities? Could Groton, Norwich and Danbury work as well?

Also, what about nice areas within those first six cities you mentioned?
Yeah, there are many nice suburbs (towns, as they call them in CT) that would provide the OP with what she is looking for. West Hartford is very vibrant, has a very nice downtown and people are active in general. Everyone loves West Hartford. Of course, it's more pricey though. Bloomfield and Windsor are very nice towns with large black populations. Very safe, clean and New England feeling. I would give the edge to Windsor though. But Bloomfield and Windsor are family oriented towns. I think the OP wants a city/town that's more geared towards singles.

Personally, I would not recommend East Hartford, Stratford, Hamden, West Haven or East Haven for the OP. Those cities and towns don't really offer what the OP is looking for. She is looking for a nice downtown that is active and clean.

Branford is really nice too and offers just about everything the OP wants, though it is a suburb. And there's Manchester, which I really like, too. It's affordable, has lots of young, single people and has many very nice areas.

Norwich, I really like. I would not really call it an active city, but I don't see why someone can't be active there. Norwich actually does have a very reasonable cost of living. You can definitely get an apartment for like $900 or less. The crime is low, too. It's located in a beautiful area, too, on the Thames River and is right near two world class casinos. That area of CT is what I would call "sleepy," however. It's slower paced, has a low stress vibe to it, which I like.

Groton is a nice city, but it doesn't really have any downtown to speak of. However, Stonington does and it's extremely nice. Many movies were filmed in the Mystic area.

I think Danbury could work, but it's not one of my top recommendations.

I mean, the list goes on. There are many nice cities and towns in CT.
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:19 AM
 
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Most of the places being mentioned in Ct are somewhat small and what I would consider more suburban type places. I wouldn't think they are are very appealing to someone just out of college. The bigger cities are Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Hartford, and Waterbury. Bridgeport, Hartford, and Waterbury however are not the most desirable places to live.
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:36 AM
 
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I avoid CT like the plague. I apoligize lived here for 28 year's trying to escape. You'll pay lower taxes in Mass than CT and have better hop options. COL however, is about the same. Worcester is not the safest town in Mass, but there are pockets that are decent.

I say Mass you have the most options out of the three just because of the area. Being the size of Mass and being close to Boston.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:42 AM
 
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I agree, I grew up in Connecticut and I couldn't stand the place, barring New Haven. It's 90% suburbia, 9% grimy to bad urban neighborhoods, and 1% places that the OP might be interested in. Not to mention it's expensive. Given the OP does not have a car, and will likely not make a lot of money (being just out of college and not having a particularly specialized degree) I think they'd have a terrible time there being a single young person isolated in some expensive suburban "garden apartment" and relying on the bus to get places. Indeed, just not having a car will make it very hard to find a job, because the job market is decentralized, and you're not very liable to find a bus which goes to the random office parks that entry-level white collar jobs are found within.

New Haven is fairly expensive, but it at least gives the OP everything she's looking for. And there's enough of a job concentration right around downtown (city government, Yale, Yale New Haven Hospital, etc) that she might even be able to walk to work.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:05 AM
 
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I'd say that Portland is the winner here. Worcester offers quite a bit more than Manchester, which offers virtually nothing other than reasonable ( 1 hr) proximity to Boston. Worcester also is only an hour from Boston, has commuter rail service to Boston, and has more reasonable housing prices than Boston, but isn't a terribly attractive city.
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