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Old 02-25-2008, 04:24 PM
 
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Hello, I want to move out of Florida, Miami specifically, and I'm thinking between Seattle, Portland or Chicago. I was wondering if i can get any advice or opinions on these place as far as which would be the better place to move to start out as a young professional, and also advice on any other city i might have over looked.
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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Seattle and Portland both have a high cost of living, even higher than Miami. Chicago is surprisingly reasonable (referring to cost of living) for a truly world class city, with tons of opportunity for young professionals and more affordable neighborhoods. Not cheap, but as a whole probably less expensive than Miami. I honestly only went to Portland once so it wasn't enough to really speak for it, and I haven't been to Seattle at all, but I can tell you that if you want to live in a REAL city with abundant opportunity, you will like Chicago.

One note, Chicago is corrupt as hell. It even makes Banana-Republicish Miami look civilized as far as local politics go. And you can sense the corruption. But all and all it's a fantastic city.
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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What exactly are you looking for?
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Hello, I want to move out of Florida, Miami specifically, and I'm thinking between Seattle, Portland or Chicago. I was wondering if i can get any advice or opinions on these place as far as which would be the better place to move to start out as a young professional, and also advice on any other city i might have over looked.
All three are good choices. Since you are "starting out as a young professional" do you have some good job leads in a particular one of these cities. That would be an important step towards identifying which city would be the best for you to embark on your professional career.
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:53 PM
 
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im looking for anything in either social sciences or legal, since i plan on doing law school. I did interships for the General Consulate of Spain and United Nations Associations. I've heard liberal arts major are higher a lot in business field though, i don't know why.
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Denver
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im looking for anything in either social sciences or legal, since i plan on doing law school. I did interships for the General Consulate of Spain and United Nations Associations. I've heard liberal arts major are higher a lot in business field though, i don't know why.
Professionally speaking.. Chicago hands down...
or like a previous poster mentioned more like hands out.
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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If you're going to law school Washington University in St. Louis is an excellent school, but not easy to get it. St. Louis University and University of Missouri St. Louis are great schools as well. I couldn't tell you about getting a job, but there are some law firms in the city. And St. Louis I believe is cheaper to live in than the other 3.

Any of them are wonderful cities, though. Have you gotten your resume out there just to see your offers or are you just asking about cities you want to know more about?

If you do want to look into St. Louis, here's a place to look at available jobs:
STLtoday - Jobs
Also: st louis, MO jobs classifieds - craigslist

And the nearby schools:
Washington University in St. Louis - probably the most expensive of the three, and probably the hardest to get into.
Saint Louis University : SLU - Catholic-run (if that appeals to you, I don't think their rules are really strict, though)
UM-St. Louis Home - Largest in the city as far as enrollment, from my understanding
Webster University has campuses nationwide, as well as one in St. Louis
Ranken Technical College - Home - Technical school. won't appeal to you

There's a few other schools in the city, but I don't know anything about them. If you did decide on St. Louis, housing is pretty affordable.
st louis, MO apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist
STLtoday - Homes

Just a suggestion.

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Old 02-25-2008, 08:03 PM
 
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I forget to mention that Im moving out with my fiancee, not just by myself so i dont know if that plays a factor. Shes in health care, Veterinary more specifically. Are jobs in Seattle really tough to come by?
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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My suggestion would be to get your resumes out there and see where you get the best offer, and weigh that with other factors, such as cost of living.
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Old 02-26-2008, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Its probably worth posting on the individual city forums. There's a lot of specialized knowledge on the Chicago forum regarding cost of living and job prospects.
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