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Old 02-21-2008, 07:47 PM
 
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We are considering relocating to from Florida. We are a lesbian family with 6 children ages ranging from 14years-7months. Ideally we would like to live in an area with good schools, affordable housing (with some land) that is diverse. Finding secure employment is also a consideration. My partner is a home health administrator (RN) and I am and administrator in a human service organization (MSW.)
I have just started my research and would appreciate any suggestions. Also, how do taxes and insurance (property and vehicle) compare.
Thanks

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Old 02-21-2008, 10:32 PM
 
Location: PNW
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Check out Olympia and Bellingham. They are both very lesbian friendly.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I have moved this thread over here to the General US forum. Next time just post here if you want to know about several states.
Now in the northwest I'd suggest Portland, Eugene,and vancouver. You'd need to tell us what is affordable as we don't know.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I would think both of you, especially your partner, would be employable just about anywhere.
I am relatively new to the Kansas City, MO area and I really like it here. The people are very kind and friendly...and it is definitely affordable (at least compared to NJ, where I am from). The suburban core (where homes w/ land can be found) is progressive/modern enough where I can't imagine a non-traditional family would face discrimination. If you look into it, I would recommend Parkville and Lee's Summit, which have good school districts.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Really any major city in the U.S. would probably support your needs.

The midwest tends to be very affordable. St. Louis has a lot of fun things for kids to do, but the public city schools are not great. There are a lot of nice suburb and private schools, though. But St. Louis does have 3 major sports teams, lots of museums and restaurants, and from what I've heard it's very gay-friendly.

But really your ideal city could be just about anywhere. Some more specifics on things like climate and size of the city would be ideal.

Also, get your resume out there and see what offers you get. That would help you narrow it down.
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Zimmerman, Minnesota
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saugatuk, Michigan
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Old 02-27-2008, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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We are considering relocating to from Florida. We are a lesbian family with 6 children ages ranging from 14years-7months. Ideally we would like to live in an area with good schools, affordable housing (with some land) that is diverse. Finding secure employment is also a consideration. My partner is a home health administrator (RN) and I am and administrator in a human service organization (MSW.)
I have just started my research and would appreciate any suggestions. Also, how do taxes and insurance (property and vehicle) compare.
Thanks
Have you considered NJ? Very diverse and gay marriages are now legal! Great school systems and there are still some affordable areas. We are struggling for RNs at the moment..huge sign on bonuses. My partner and I live in the so called sticks - and have never had any issues with discrimination. The farmers love us...good ole hard workin' woman : )) If you would like some more information, you can either hop into the new jersey Forum or check out gsmls.com. We live in Warren County - near Hackettstown - very large lesbian community out this way.
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Old 02-27-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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Sorry..I never replied about the cost of living here - it's higher than most States but you will also make a lot more money. Property taxes, depending on where you look can be high - hence the good public school systems. Auto ins may be about the same as FLA..I pay about 1000/yr per new car.Also, I do have a house for sale - our place. What price range are you looking in? It's perfect for a large family - 4 acres...horse farm across the street... built in heated pool...excellent elementary school - rank in the top 10 in NJ. Taxes...and I hope you don't faint..but they are actually cheap for NJ and for what we have - 9800/Yr.
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Taxes...and I hope you don't faint..but they are actually cheap for NJ and for what we have - 9800/Yr.
That's outrageous! Here in Scranton people whine that $1,500/yr. is "exorbitant." This puts things into perspective and makes me realize that the whiners here truly aren't worth listening to.
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Stewartsville, NJ
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That's outrageous! Here in Scranton people whine that $1,500/yr. is "exorbitant." This puts things into perspective and makes me realize that the whiners here truly aren't worth listening to.
I know..sticker shock huh : )) I have friends paying nearly 30K yr for their property taxes. But you can make money here in this State. I have two sisters..a bunch of nieces in the Scranton area and they are barely making minimum wage. Cheaper yes, but the pay is a lot less.
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