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Old 11-21-2016, 08:55 PM
 
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Hello! I am a gay medical student currently living in Columbus, OH. I have lived in Columbus for 6 years and I love it but it has become a little suffocating because the gay scene is smaller and fairly young due to Ohio State's presence. Most young professionals here either are in professional school at Ohio State or work at Abercrombie due to the company's HQ. I am applying to residency programs in a little over a year and think I am ready to head to a larger city.

I have lots of friends in NYC but I think it might be miserable living there on a medical resident's budget, and it's a pretty hard life making it in New York IMO. I feel like there are probably cities with an easier life.

I really like Chicago but I would prefer to move somewhere warmer. I don't have much experience with other places so I was hoping you guys had some insight. I am looking for somewhere with opportunities to be active, a larger gay community, and lots of educated young professionals. Also, there have to be major hospitals to which I could apply (from what I can tell, Orlando and Austin do not have much in this department).
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:56 PM
 
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San Francisco maybe.
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Old 11-22-2016, 11:01 AM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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Portland, Seattle, Austin, Denver, or San Francisco.
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Old 11-22-2016, 11:17 AM
 
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If the OP would struggle in NYC on a medical resident's budget, I'm not sure why folks are recommending San Francisco which, by some measures, is even more expensive than NYC.

Atlanta is a good option.
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Old 11-22-2016, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Philly. Tons of hospitals downtown. Great place for LGBT community with the gayborhood as ground zero.
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Old 11-22-2016, 01:56 PM
 
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I really like Chicago but I would prefer to move somewhere warmer. I don't have much experience with other places so I was hoping you guys had some insight. I am looking for somewhere with opportunities to be active, a larger gay community, and lots of educated young professionals. Also, there have to be major hospitals to which I could apply (from what I can tell, Orlando and Austin do not have much in this department).
I'd say Dallas and Atlanta would be good options. Dallas's Oak Lawn neighborhood has the most vibrant gay nightlife scene in all of Texas and is also close to a major medical district (UT Southwestern). Depending where you live in Oak Lawn, you could possibly walk to the Medical District.
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Old 11-22-2016, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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Young gay professional here. If you want a warmer city with a large gay scene I'd pick Los Angeles metro. It's much cheaper than NYC and contrary to popular belief you can actually find relatively affordable housing on the westside (around 1,000 or under for a one bedroom in some areas). Dallas and Atlanta could be good options too...I personally think DC would be the best option of the bunch because you said you wanted a metro with lots of educated young professionals and a large gay scene.
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Old 11-22-2016, 02:34 PM
 
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Minneapolis is a major medical and med tech hub with a fairly strong gay culture and reasonable cost of living. But it's colder even than Chicago (only by a few degrees).
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Old 11-22-2016, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Houston
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Philly. Tons of hospitals downtown. Great place for LGBT community with the gayborhood as ground zero.
Second.
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