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Old 08-06-2016, 11:57 AM
 
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Maybe Henderson, NV, or Las Vegas, NV? Cost of living is reasonable, close to every cultural offering there is, and plenty to do in Las Vegas. Close to SoCal. Henderson is 20 min from Vegas and Vegas and Henderson are I think 4 hrs from Los Angeles, so you can get to the ocean for weekend trips. Love the desert scenery, weather, and sunsets. Family of mine lives in Vegas, and I've never had a problem with the traffic out there. Lake Meade is awesome to visit, as is the Hoover Dam. Honestly, you wouldn't think of the Vegas area as being a great place to raise a family, but I'd move there if I had a reason to. I'm headed to Tucson, and I'm glad it'll put me closer to Vegas. It's an asset. Plus, if you're into hockey, Vegas is getting a new NHL team in 2018. Vegas seems to be on the up and up. You won't have a problem finding jobs there, and anyone into astronomy should be in love with the desert skies.

Good luck!
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Maybe Henderson, NV, or Las Vegas, NV? Cost of living is reasonable, close to every cultural offering there is, and plenty to do in Las Vegas. Close to SoCal. Henderson is 20 min from Vegas and Vegas and Henderson are I think 4 hrs from Los Angeles, so you can get to the ocean for weekend trips. Love the desert scenery, weather, and sunsets. Family of mine lives in Vegas, and I've never had a problem with the traffic out there. Lake Meade is awesome to visit, as is the Hoover Dam. Honestly, you wouldn't think of the Vegas area as being a great place to raise a family, but I'd move there if I had a reason to. I'm headed to Tucson, and I'm glad it'll put me closer to Vegas. It's an asset. Plus, if you're into hockey, Vegas is getting a new NHL team in 2018. Vegas seems to be on the up and up. You won't have a problem finding jobs there, and anyone into astronomy should be in love with the desert skies.

Good luck!
I have two friends who have moved from Portland, OR to Vegas and they love it. The COL is of course lower and there is so much to see and do. They both got jobs very quickly once they moved to Vegas. One is in the entertainment industry, she books acts and the other works for an insurance company.

Of course you have to like that kind of climate, it wouldn't be for me but they like it.

Oh and I should mention, one of these friends was in pretty serious debt when she moved to Vegas. She was spinning her wheels in Portland. With the ever increasing COL she just couldn't seem to get anywhere. That was her main reason for moving to Vegas because the COL is much lower there. She thought she would be able to live more cheaply, pay off the debt and return to Portland. She did just that within a couple of years. Then she moved back to Portland. Pretty soon after having to deal with the COL there which was higher then when she left plus the miserable traffic situation she returned to Vegas. After ten years of living in Vegas again she is very happy.
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Old 08-08-2016, 07:23 AM
 
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I get the impression that with their student debt the OPs need to be pretty sure they can both get professional jobs.
Definitely true. We both need professional jobs, no question about it. That's going to be the biggest challenge.
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Old 08-08-2016, 07:44 AM
 
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Maybe Henderson, NV, or Las Vegas, NV? Cost of living is reasonable, close to every cultural offering there is, and plenty to do in Las Vegas. Close to SoCal. Henderson is 20 min from Vegas and Vegas and Henderson are I think 4 hrs from Los Angeles, so you can get to the ocean for weekend trips. Love the desert scenery, weather, and sunsets. Family of mine lives in Vegas, and I've never had a problem with the traffic out there. Lake Meade is awesome to visit, as is the Hoover Dam. Honestly, you wouldn't think of the Vegas area as being a great place to raise a family, but I'd move there if I had a reason to. I'm headed to Tucson, and I'm glad it'll put me closer to Vegas. It's an asset. Plus, if you're into hockey, Vegas is getting a new NHL team in 2018. Vegas seems to be on the up and up. You won't have a problem finding jobs there, and anyone into astronomy should be in love with the desert skies.

Good luck!

You know, I actually considered Las Vegas. I do really like it there. However, the hot, dry climate would take some getting used to. Also, I haven't heard great things about their public school system. Actually, Las Vegas has a reputation for being "dangerous" once you leave the Strip. Is this true? I guess people on the east coast have a lot of stereotypes about Vegas in general... Also, would we have to be concerned about the eventual lack of water? I know Southern CA is having an ongoing drought and water crisis.
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Old 08-08-2016, 07:47 AM
 
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Also, if you ever will be interested in Chicago public schools, a new teacher would have to be desperate or financially ignorant to take a job there.

A new teacher could work nine years in Chicago and never earn a retirement benefit.

Pension Storm Brewing in Chicago | TeacherPensions.org

<<21 years: The length of time a new, 25-year-old Chicago teacher must remain teaching before her pension will finally be worth more than her own contributions. The vast majority of teachers will leave before then. Chicago teachers are in a different pension plan than other Illinois teachers, but these numbers are comparable to the state system.>>

The Chicago Teacher Pension Crisis: By the Numbers | TeacherPensions.org

Chicago is short-changing the retirement needs of current teachers in order to fund the pension promises it made to past teachers, but never funded.

BTW, Congress has never funded the present value of the retirement and medical benefits of veterans, preferring to operate on a pay-as-you-go basis. Eventually all of us will be burdened by this bit of financial quicksand.

Thanks for the information... I likely wouldn't work in Chicago Public Schools. I usually tend to avoid the large, urban public school systems. Where I currently work in Maryland isn't much better, though. We have a salary freeze and teachers haven't received raises in 7 years.. not even COL raises. A lot of people have left my district, actually. It's a bit of a mess in Maryland as well.
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:03 AM
 
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What about Pasadena, CA? JPL is there, and Mt. Wilson Observatory is up the mountain. School system decent, too.
My husband's first job was at Mt. Wilson Observatory. They have no funding, and had to shut down for a long time... Been there, done that! lol. Also, I did my internship at PUSD and they have no money either, and my former supervisors are both quitting... Not a good idea.
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:52 AM
 
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Thanks for the information... I likely wouldn't work in Chicago Public Schools. I usually tend to avoid the large, urban public school systems. Where I currently work in Maryland isn't much better, though. We have a salary freeze and teachers haven't received raises in 7 years.. not even COL raises. A lot of people have left my district, actually. It's a bit of a mess in Maryland as well.
Evidently suburban Chicago school teachers rely on a state fund for retired teachers that appears equally dire to the Chicago teachers retirement fund. Note this sentence quoted in my last post:

<<Chicago teachers are in a different pension plan than other Illinois teachers, but these numbers are comparable to the state system.>>

Retirement benefits are key consideration for any job, so don't neglect the retirement benefits of any future job and the health of the fund that will be providing these benefits.

This is good source for objective information. See Figure 2. Look for a plan that is committed to paying more into a plan than benefits earned, thereby reducing unfunded pension liabilities, but only if the plan is currently well funded.

The State Pensions Funding Gap: Challenges Persist

Illinois and Chicago not only have massively underfunded plans, in recent years, they haven't even made the annual required contribution (ARC) needed to keep the plans' unfunded ratio from falling further.

Looking at the table at the end of the above article, perhaps consider Wisconsin. Perhaps you could find a location in southern Wisconsin convenient to the cultural amenities of Chicago.
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:08 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Job for him in Bay Area?

https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00370
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:44 AM
 
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I'd say Seattle, Denver, Austin would be a good fit in terms of cost of living and the job market, it's up to you what kind of scenary/climate you prefer.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:02 PM
 
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Having to be in a city and hating traffic makes it hard! San Diego might be good. Although maybe a little more conservative politically than you may want, there are plenty of liberals there as well. Beautiful city, perfect weather, on the ocean. Boulder is a wonderful choice if you like snow, but as you get older it is nice to be around some family.
Vermont is great and not too far from Massachusetts. Forget the San Francisco area. I lived there for many years. My favorite city in the world. But the average home price is now well over a million dollars and when I say average it's really not much of a home. And they keep trying to build more apartment s and multi family units and the traffic and congestion are insane.
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