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Old 10-11-2016, 08:29 PM
 
Location: San Francisco/East Bay and Los Angeles, formerly DC and Boston
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I liked DC a lot, but had to leave due to limited private sector/not contracting job opportunities. Culturally though, it is a good value - cheaper than NY or SF but still plenty to do.

Weather is also milder, and the lack of outerborough/Jersey grime is also nice. Problem though is outside the Beltway suburbs. Incredibly bland with lots of chain restaurants and repetitive strip malls.
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Old 10-12-2016, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Naples Island
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Whichever metro area you choose, I would opt to live in the larger states (i.e., New York or Virginia) and avoid living in the smaller states (i.e., Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland). In this case, the larger states offer lower overall tax burdens, larger economies / higher GDP, more comprehensive services and university systems and greater state pride.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I liked DC a lot, but had to leave due to limited private sector/not contracting job opportunities. Culturally though, it is a good value - cheaper than NY or SF but still plenty to do.

Weather is also milder, and the lack of outerborough/Jersey grime is also nice. Problem though is outside the Beltway suburbs. Incredibly bland with lots of chain restaurants and repetitive strip malls.
I like this summary. I think DC is a top 5 city overall, like if I had my choice to live, DC would be around the top 5. Amazing metro, but not NYC or San Fran.
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Old 10-12-2016, 07:10 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Problem though is outside the Beltway suburbs. Incredibly bland with lots of chain restaurants and repetitive strip malls.
You just google the ethnic restaurants. They're often right in the strip malls.

Word of mouth works pretty well too.
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