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Old 04-25-2016, 11:44 AM
 
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I am currently looking for a position and due to the lack of jobs in the field, it's pretty much limited to huge cities (read: expensive). We're talking SF, Chicago, LA, NYC, Seattle, etc. I've applied for positions in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, but don't really know where else. I've seen 0 jobs in Idaho, 0 in Montana, 2 in the Dakotas. I don't want to live in CA, NY, or any ridiculously overpriced area. Texas would be great because I've already dealt with 105 summers and CA is just as diverse. Other than that, I don't know where I can go that won't have horrible winters (I've never lived outside CA) or will just be really expensive and depressing (Seattle). I grew up in Santa Clarita and I've never since been able to find a town or area that was as great: paseos everywhere, biking trails, beautiful scenery, a mall, a bowling alley, an amusement park ... like, literally everything you would ever need. I've thought of Colorado, but areas outside Denver, and it's probably the closest thing, but it's still rather expensive and the harsh winters are pushing me away.
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:59 AM
 
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I grew up in Santa Clarita and I've never since been able to find a town or area that was as great: paseos everywhere, biking trails, beautiful scenery, a mall, a bowling alley, an amusement park ... like, literally everything you would ever need. .
Ever go to Ventura?
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:57 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Look in the Southeast US: Atlanta, Tampa, and Charlotte, are all bigger cities with plenty of parks and outside opportunities, warm-to-hot summers, little-to-no snow, and plenty of entertainment options nearby. Housing in all is also reasonably priced compared with a lot of Southern California.

A step up in price, urbanity, and density, and you might consider metro Washington DC. The city itself is not particularly cheap, but many of the suburbs are quite nice, the weather overall is a moderate four-season climate with somewhat sticky summers, the public transit is OK, and all indoor and outdoor entertainment options are close by.
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