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Old 01-06-2017, 10:42 AM
 
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I am currently in living in a rural location and I desperately want to move back to an urban area.

I am 35 years old, single with no children, no debt and no car payment. I don't own a home and will have $11,000 for a down-payment on a small (<1,000 sq) home. I don't want a roommate.

I have a BA and will likely earn $30,000 to $36,000 in a new city. I want to work as a Probation/parole officer.

I'm looking for a medium to large city with amenities, low to moderate levels of burglary, located in a gun friendly state, good job market and a reasonable cost of living.

Should I try to make it in Atlanta or should I try another city?

Potential cities: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Tampa and Nashville?

Any recommendations for me and other millennials?
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:48 AM
 
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It would be helpful if you could provide some more information on what you're looking for in a city. Any preferences with respect to weather? Politics? Nightlife? Entertainment? Size of city? Region of the country?
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:55 AM
 
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Default Pro gun state, Big Metro Area

I am open to living in the West, South and Midwest. I am a libertarian who to adapt to any political environment, but I must live in a state that is pro second amendment. Entertainment? I like art galleries, world class museums, aquariums, zoos. I definitely live adult clubs. I prefer a metro area with at least 1 million people.
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:57 AM
 
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Just a note, it seems Dallas, and possibly Atlanta and Houston but don't quote me on that, is notably pricier than most the other cities you are considering. I would probably take that off your list unless you have some special attraction to it
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:03 AM
 
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I think that you may have already answered your own question, given the cities mentioned. If you were open to the Northeast, Pittsburgh may be another area to consider.
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:05 AM
 
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Default Nashville, Jacksonville, Louisville, Indianapolis, Raleigh and Charlotte

My research is giving me the same impression. I'm already in Kentucky, so I'm considering a move to Louisville, KY. Indianapolis has too much violent crime. And I'm concerned about the burglary rate in Cincinnati. Nashville, Raleigh, Jacksonville and Charlotte are might be viable options.
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:18 AM
 
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Default Your Impressions of These Cities

I thought about Pittsburgh, but it's in a blue state and I'm concerned that the state may pass new gun control laws.

I guess I want to know which city you would recommend?

Tampa
Louisville
Nashville
Indianapolis
Raleigh
Charlotte
Jacksonville

I visited Indianapolis for a week and loved it.
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:24 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I thought about Pittsburgh, but it's in a blue state and I'm concerned that the state may pass new gun control laws.

I guess I want to know which city you would recommend?

Tampa
Louisville
Nashville
Indianapolis
Raleigh
Charlotte
Jacksonville

I visited Indianapolis for a week and loved it.
Since COL seems to be a big factor in your decision, I would recommend the cities highlighted.
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:26 AM
 
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Default Louisville

If I choose Louisville, I won't have to move to another state. Thanks for your input. Thank you everyone. Feel free to add more opinions.
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:39 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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My research is giving me the same impression. I'm already in Kentucky, so I'm considering a move to Louisville, KY. Indianapolis has too much violent crime. And I'm concerned about the burglary rate in Cincinnati. Nashville, Raleigh, Jacksonville and Charlotte are might be viable options.
I wouldn't be too concerned about personal safety in most areas of Raleigh but I would be concerned that your presumed salary will be enough money to have the lifestyle that you want. A salary in the 30 thousands and wanting to own a home would usually push you far from the city center or into an older condo or townhouse closer into the city at best. You might be able to find an older suburban home closer to the city center if you are willing to do a lot of DYI work and maintenance but you'll probably be in competition for that small affordable home in a decent location.
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