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Old 05-02-2016, 01:40 PM
 
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Assuming your employment prospects were the same.
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Old 05-02-2016, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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I would choose the good city. If I lived an hour (2 hours round trip) from the great city I wouldn't visit that much, too much time wasted traveling IMO.
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:02 PM
 
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Prime area. I hate commuting long distances for work and working in the suburbs is pretty boring.
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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"Good" and "Great" is highly personal. For me Columbus, OH is a great city and New York would be a good city. An hour outside of Columbus is pretty much the middle of nowhere. A prime neighborhood in New York City (if I could afford it) would be amazing.

On the flip side, most people would consider New York to be a great city and Columbus to be a good city. I would rather live in the short north, German village or arena district of Columbus than a far flung metro New York suburb due to cost of living, traffic and lack of entertainment.
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:30 PM
 
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I'll take prime neighborhood in a good city. I just can't see a 2-hour round trip for any city. That's just me, though.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:46 PM
 
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Prime area for sure
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Great city. I miss public transit, art, music, food, culture, mountains, clean water, beaches, festivals, etc. all which were within an hour of me.
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Old 05-02-2016, 07:09 PM
 
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Prime in good city. I lived an hour from Chicago in the exurbs and it was a giant pain in the ass to go there, pay to park, fight traffic etc... But living in a great neighborhood in Minneapolis (where I am now) is much more preferable cause I actually use the city more than 2x per year.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:05 PM
 
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I would rather live in a prime neighborhood of what I consider a good city. Although, I define city based on municipality borders and good is subjective, so many quality suburbs would count as a good city for me. An hour outside of a good city would either be what I consider an undesirable suburb, a generally undesirable large city (for personal reasons, I could not live in New Orleans), or the country. Nothing wrong with living in the country, just not something I am used to.

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Old 05-02-2016, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I'd rather live and work an hour outside of a big metro but have those amenities close at hand when I wanted them. Oh wait - that's how I AM living right now - LOL. I currently live in a very comfortable, very pleasant "prime" neighborhood nestled fifteen minutes from one good city and an hour and fifteen minutes from a huge, bustling metro. I love it. No big traffic hassles, low crime, no worries about air quality or noise - but I can have all that and more if I want to make the drive. We do occasionally drive into DFW but probably only about once every two months or so.
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