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Old 02-19-2008, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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St. Louis is nice. The cost of living is good, and the schools are generally okay (sometimes better in the suburbs, or private schools). There are 3 major Universities in St. Louis and a couple of smaller colleges. Parts of the city are dangerous, but most people who don't go to the dangerous areas don't have a problem.

And if you want a smaller town there are all kinds of smaller towns surrounding St. Louis, with affordable housing and good schools. I prefer cities myself, since suburbs can be kind of bland, but a smaller town/suburb sounds what you're looking for. The St. Louis area can be pretty humid in summer, though. But on the other hand you have less snow than Michigan, Wisconsin, or Minnesota.

As far as cooking, you can probably find a good Mexican restaurant in St. Louis, although St. Louis is more known for its Italian food and pizza. There are a few Irish restaurants as well.

A nice 2 BR house/Apartment in St. Louis can be had for under $1000/month, depending on the area. But $1000/month will get you into most neighborhoods.

I'm not sure about jobs. It would probably be a good idea to get your resume out there and see what bites. That would help you narrow it down.

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Old 02-20-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: LaSalle Park / St. Louis
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St. Louis has a large Hispanic population and while there are the typical Mexican restaurants, there are also some authentic ones but the opportunity lies in having a high end Mexican restaurant. There are a huge number of restaurants that are in need of good, honest chefs.
Live in the south city area and public transportation is more than abundant. Plenty of "cultural" things to do and see along with the simplier joys of life, such as bowling, parks and sports.
$500. will get you an apartment. $700 will get you a really nice apartment.
Nice four seasons. Not too cold, too long and not too hot, too long.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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There are many, many successful Mexican immigrants in the Chicago area.

Job Market:
The city IMO has some of the best Mexican restaurants around. Chicago's Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill) is arguably one of the best Mexican chefs in the U.S. The job market is good for restaurant chefs, personal chefs and corporate chefs.

Education:
There are good school districts with dual Spanish/English programs and top colleges.

Cost of living:
It can be expensive but there are still some affordable suburbs.

Cultural Opportunities and Public Transit:
Excellent

Good Luck!
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Default Boise Idaho

What does everyone think about Boise Idaho? Are the winters too rough to really make it for a Florida girl? I like the snow, however, I've never lived in the snow very long and I would like to settle down somewhere soon
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