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Old 04-04-2017, 11:21 AM
 
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You must have looked into Wall Street. That's where you'll make the big money to pay off the student loans.
Yeah, it doesn't end up being as much as it seems, though. At least starting out, there is a relatively long period of having very little money left at the end of the month when rent is $3,000 for a 1 BR and the SL payment is high, among other bills. I'm in a very well paying area, but by no means do people in my area get million dollar bonuses or anything crazy like that.
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Old 04-04-2017, 11:35 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Yeah, it doesn't end up being as much as it seems, though. At least starting out, there is a relatively long period of having very little money left at the end of the month when rent is $3,000 for a 1 BR and the SL payment is high, among other bills. I'm in a very well paying area, but by no means do people in my area get million dollar bonuses or anything crazy like that.
You can save on rent money by living in Jersey City or in one of the boroughs outside of Manhattan.

I don't live in the area, but I have a friend who works in Chelsea and lives in JC near the Holland Tunnel and PATH train. It seems to work out pretty good for him. Nice view of the skyline from there too.
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Old 04-04-2017, 11:41 AM
 
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Chicago is more affordable than you would think. You can rent a 1200 sq ft duplex for like a dollar per square foot in desirable north side neighborhoods.
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Old 04-04-2017, 11:45 AM
 
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Chicago is more affordable than you would think. You can rent a 1200 sq ft duplex for like a dollar per square foot in desirable north side neighborhoods.
I think Chicago looks like a great contender. Lincoln Park is the area that I have always heard about. Do you recommend others?
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Old 04-04-2017, 11:48 AM
 
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I like Lincoln Square and North Center.
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:07 PM
 
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We have actually strongly considered Buffalo. It's close enough to home, seems to be beautiful with lots of nature nearby, and is obviously affordable. The Allentown area, especially, looks very walkable.

I don't know about that snow, though.
If you don't like Pittsburgh weather, you won't like Buffalo. I had family that moved there and they said the snow wasn't as bad as they thought it would be, but the gray days went on forever.
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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If you don't like Pittsburgh weather, you won't like Buffalo. I had family that moved there and they said the snow wasn't as bad as they thought it would be, but the gray days went on forever.
Ha, thanks for the tip. It feels that way in Pittsburgh for sure. It's almost always raining (at least in the forecast), and the clouds are constant. I really prefer the culture of the northeast, but the weather of the south. Have to compromise on something I guess.
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Ha, thanks for the tip. It feels that way in Pittsburgh for sure. It's almost always raining (at least in the forecast), and the clouds are constant. I really prefer the culture of the northeast, but the weather of the south. Have to compromise on something I guess.
I think if you're in certain circles in a major Southern metropolitan area like Charlotte or Atlanta, the culture isn't very Southern at all - more like standard American with a significant influence from the Northeast, as such a large share of the population is from that region. There are plenty of people who are nonreligious, especially among younger generations so that shouldn't be a major obstacle.

In the urban core areas, affordability is probably going to be the # 1 concern - it's not as expensive as places like Boston but rents and real estate values have been escalating quickly in recent years. Not sure if the compensation in your field scales to the cost of living, but I would think with a doctorate in a quantitative field your potential for getting ahead long term is excellent in this region.
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Old 04-04-2017, 02:23 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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Do you recommend any suburbs that are nice, affordable, and a <30 minute commute into the city by train? I love that scenario, but the area seems so immense that it's hard to know where to even start. @Koji7
I'm partial to Madison, Chatham in Morris County NJ, there's a train in the village that takes you right in. When we were younger we rented a house til we got money saved. It's a beautiful area with nice people and good connections can be made there. Google a little bit.
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Old 04-05-2017, 10:49 AM
 
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Ha, thanks for the tip. It feels that way in Pittsburgh for sure. It's almost always raining (at least in the forecast), and the clouds are constant. I really prefer the culture of the northeast, but the weather of the south. Have to compromise on something I guess.
San Francisco has some of the northeast culture, good weather, and great hiking. Of course, it's also far from your family and expensive. Los Angeles isn't a crazy idea either, although it has its own unique culture. But if you want to stay out east, I think Philly and DC may be the best compromises for your desires.
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