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Old 03-24-2016, 01:00 AM
 
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I'm a 22 Y/O Caucasian female & will be graduating with my RN in a couple months. I currently reside in Columbus & despise it for many reasons. I used to live in South Carolina in a small town. I loved the culture, the summers, the Spanish moss, the hospitality...but not sure I would go back. Being 22 and single it was hard to date and find friends in a small town/retirement community. Everyone tells Me to just move to Charleston . I've visited but it still seems small to me. Here's what I'm looking for :
A state down south and a city of relative size .
Close to the coast. I love salt water fishing, boating, crabbing and laying out on the beach. It's my therapy.
Decent COL. Being a new grad and living on my own, I can't afford places like Miami if I want to live somewhere decent. I probably could afford 800 tops a month for rent/living accommodations starting out .
Things to do/ social scene/ good dating scene/night life
Every city has people who can be superficial to some extent but I don't want a city known for that. I used to stay with a friend in south beach/Miami . It was pretty. But seemed like a lot of people were superficial and fake. And I felt out of place . Especially because I don't speak Spanish .Don't take it personally .
Suggestions would be great. I've visited many cities and states down south but visiting somewhere new always seems great and new and exciting but I don't know what it actually feels like to live places. Insight needed & appreciated !!
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Old 03-24-2016, 01:18 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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Can't speak to the dating scene. But I think everything you want might be in Tampa FL. Affordable, beaches, sizable, array of nightlife and clubs. If there is a good job market there for RNs, it might be a fit.
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Old 03-24-2016, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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If you thought Charleston was small then your choices are limited to be in the South and near the coast. New Orleans is large and may fit your needs as is Jacksonville Fla. Others to look at would be Mobile AL, or Savannah GA, but they may not be big enough for you. Virginia Beach also worth a looksee.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:03 AM
 
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My suggestions would be Charleston SC, Wilmington NC, or Virginia Beach VA
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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I used to live in South Carolina in a small town. I loved the culture, the summers, the Spanish moss, the hospitality...but not sure I would go back. Being 22 and single it was hard to date and find friends in a small town/retirement community. Everyone tells Me to just move to Charleston . I've visited but it still seems small to me. Here's what I'm looking for :
A state down south and a city of relative size .
Close to the coast. I love salt water fishing, boating, crabbing and laying out on the beach. It's my therapy.
Decent COL. Being a new grad and living on my own, I can't afford places like Miami if I want to live somewhere decent. I probably could afford 800 tops a month for rent/living accommodations starting out .
Things to do/ social scene/ good dating scene/night life

I would consider your political & religious leanings as well. I absolutely hate it here in GA because of the religious wing nuts. If I could move, I would, but my husband's parents are elderly and our grandkids are here.


Just something to think about.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:42 AM
 
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I'm a 22 Y/O Caucasian female & will be graduating with my RN in a couple months. I currently reside in Columbus & despise it for many reasons. I used to live in South Carolina in a small town. I loved the culture, the summers, the Spanish moss, the hospitality...but not sure I would go back. Being 22 and single it was hard to date and find friends in a small town/retirement community. Everyone tells Me to just move to Charleston . I've visited but it still seems small to me. Here's what I'm looking for :
A state down south and a city of relative size .
Close to the coast. I love salt water fishing, boating, crabbing and laying out on the beach. It's my therapy.
Decent COL. Being a new grad and living on my own, I can't afford places like Miami if I want to live somewhere decent. I probably could afford 800 tops a month for rent/living accommodations starting out .
Things to do/ social scene/ good dating scene/night life
Every city has people who can be superficial to some extent but I don't want a city known for that. I used to stay with a friend in south beach/Miami . It was pretty. But seemed like a lot of people were superficial and fake. And I felt out of place . Especially because I don't speak Spanish .Don't take it personally .
Suggestions would be great. I've visited many cities and states down south but visiting somewhere new always seems great and new and exciting but I don't know what it actually feels like to live places. Insight needed & appreciated !!
If you like a friendly Southern vibe, a larger city and coastal activities you can't do any better than Jacksonville. It's also a great city for RNs with some major (and well-paying) medical facilities like The Mayo Clinic, University of Florida-Shands Medical Center and Baptist Medical Center. For places to live check out Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach which are fairly close to downtown/hospitals plus offer affordable coastal living.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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This is one of the rare times where Jax seems to be the best fit for a young person lol.

Low COL. $800/month gives you a decent number of options, with a roommate you could even live right on the beach. You could also get a 1 bedroom in pretty much any of the trendy urban neighborhoods, though it would be a pretty basic and bare bones unit.

Jax has tons of water access and is the home of "salt life" so you'd fit right in with crabbing, boating, fishing and sunbathing. There are plenty of RN options. Nightlife is decent...probably no better (or a little worse) than Columbus. But should be much better than Charleston. There are areas of Jax that are very old and historic, and can offer a feel/vibe very much like historic SC.

Anyway, Tampa area is also a good option mentioned. It is much larger and will have everything you seek in greater abundance, just a bit more expensive.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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If you like a friendly Southern vibe, a larger city and coastal activities you can't do any better than Jacksonville. It's also a great city for RNs with some major (and well-paying) medical facilities like The Mayo Clinic, University of Florida-Shands Medical Center and Baptist Medical Center. For places to live check out Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach which are fairly close to downtown/hospitals plus offer affordable coastal living.
For a guy who is not from and does not live in Jax, Kyle always nails it with his recs and description of Jax. The only thing I would say is Jax/Neptune Beach is not really close to downtown, but I guess it's all relative and for the beaches those would be the closest. But in off hours you'd expect 30 min each way. If traffic is bad it could be closer to an hour.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:26 AM
 
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I third Jacksonville. I grew up there and it is more "Northern" than any southern town I've ever lived in. Don't know why I didn't think about that at first.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:57 AM
 
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