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Old 09-12-2016, 08:13 PM
 
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We will be traveling from montana south in a month after finishing some temp jobs and I would like to visit some midwest states for the first time. Specifically we are looking for areas with good employment opportunities for a late 20s couple looking to get into jobs or careers that provide benefits and where cost of living isn't too high. Some place that would be good to start a family. Anyways a thread on here suggested the midwest is very under-rated due to the "flyover states" stigma. So far i have seen suggested:

Sioux falls SD
De moins iowa
Cedad rapids iowa
South bend indiana
Omaha nebraska

What do yall think about these places and where else should we check out while in the area? We live in an RV so it's easy to move around.
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Old 09-12-2016, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Omaha and Des Moines are the two obvious choices in that part of the midwest. You could check out Minneapolis/St. Paul, too.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:59 AM
 
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From Montana you can hit the best of the western Midwest in a pretty simple loop:

MPLS, to Madison, to Milwaukee, to Bloomington, to StL, to Columbia, to Iowa City, to Des Moines, to KC, to Lawrence, to Lincoln, to Omaha no home.

You can cut out the KC/Lawrence/Lincoln jog by imagining a bigger Omaha, a cooler Columbia, and a less charming Iowa City.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Madison, STL, KC, Milwaukee, Indy, Cincy/Columbus/Cleveland.....there's a lot of places I'd suggest seeing not on your list, but I don't know how much time you have.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:34 AM
 
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Yeah, I kind of cut out the eastern half of the Midwest, as that would require (in my mind) at least a couple weeks of additional road tripping.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:44 AM
 
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Omaha is great. Kansas City is pretty neat to visit - check out some of the BBQ joints that are popular. I'd visit Kansas City then if you have time loop up over St. Louis directly into Iowa - Des Moines or Cedar Rapids into Wisconsin. Beautiful drive especially as the temperature cools. A lot of little roadside waterways, ponds and lakes makes for a great drive up north.
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:10 AM
 
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Chicago and Madison, without a doubt. Anything else is completely up to you.
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:24 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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Chicago and Madison, without a doubt. Anything else is completely up to you.
And add Minneapolis. The bigger cities and state capitols will be best for job prospects I suspect (depending on your field), so maybe throw in St. Louis, Des Moines, and KC as well.

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Old 09-13-2016, 04:03 PM
 
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What are your interests? E.g., major league sports, water recreation, cultural amenities, warmer weather, relatively cheap housing? Larger metropolitan areas will provide greater amenities in most cases.

Most city forums have relocation forums. Typically, housing everywhere is more expensive in better school districts, and that's a common topic of conversation in relocation threads.

Most states also rate school districts. You likely can find some good ones in more rural areas, but job opportunities may be limited.

Check out greatschools.org.
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Old 09-13-2016, 04:06 PM
 
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Gotta consider Grand Rapids too when it comes to good employment opportunities and lower cost of living. Although it's a bit higher than some of the cities you suggested. It's only 90 minutes north on US-31 from South Bend.
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