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View Poll Results: Where To Move - Travelling IT Consultant With Family
Atlanta area 4 40.00%
New Jersey area 2 20.00%
Philadelphia area 4 40.00%
Houston area 2 20.00%
Dallas area 3 30.00%
Other Location 0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 10. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-24-2017, 08:02 PM
 
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I am open for both NYC sphere or Philadelphia sphere. Thanks..
Central NJ has a pretty large Indian presence, while still having very diverse places and generally good schools. For instance, Edison is about 24% Indian. Princeton Meadows is 25% Indian. Iselin, which is in Middlesex County just like Edison is about 33% Indian. In fact, Middlesex County is 14% Indian out of about 824,000 people. So, Central NJ may be worth a hard look and you are in between Philadelphia and NYC.
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Old 05-25-2017, 05:45 AM
 
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thanks a lot for your response.. Looks like the commute to Airport would be close to 1 hour (every week travel)!! that seems to be the only concern...
As an FYI that's about average in most cities and if not factoring distance, there's traffic congestion.
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Old 05-25-2017, 05:54 AM
 
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Bear in mind in Atlanta around Alpharetta where the top schools are located, comparable real estate prices are easily a third less than those in the recommended areas of PA and property taxes are half as much.
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Old 05-25-2017, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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thanks a lot for your response.. Looks like the commute to Airport would be close to 1 hour (every week travel)!! that seems to be the only concern...
Another nice aspect about the Philadelphia area is that the airport (PHL) is tied-in directly with the commuter rail system, so in many suburbs (such as Wayne or Lansdale), you're able to just hop on the train (with just one transfer in Center City) to head to your flight with relative ease.

In most cases, you're able to save time and money (no need to find parking and shuttle to your terminal), it's much less stressful, and you're able to perhaps do some work on your way.
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I would think New Jersey would be the best choice here by a wide margin if a large, highly concentrated South Asian population is what the OP is looking for. Atlanta and Houston clearly have Jersey beat on cost, but the NYC-Jersey suburbs are America's hub for Desi culture along with the SF Bay Area. Someone already mentioned Middlesex County above, which by itself has as many Indians as the Dallas-Ft. Worth metro.

I'm surprised the OP didn't mention the DC metro, which has a larger Indian population than all of his choices except NJ, and also has Dulles which serves as a hub for United Airlines.
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:33 PM
 
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Good options all the way around. Nice cities, large flight hubs and strong Indian communities. I personally don't see a one hour commute to the airport as a big deal once a week, but to each his own lol.

I cant break down specific hoods but I think Houston and Dallas are good options. Not sure that the lack of state income tax would apply to you but they offer what you seek and are more central to allow easier flights to the west coast.
Thanks..Yes.. Dallas and Houston also a very good options ..No state tax and centrally located to both the coasts. I am a bit inclined to Dallas for those reasons .. But I heard that it's not as exiting as east coast places as there are no major attractions or visiting places around and Dallas is more of an industrial city.. I was contemplating it with Philadelphia.. as Philly has NY,NJ,DC,Baltimore,Atlantic city everything in driveable distance and it has got very good school districts. But all that comes at a higher living cost .. So there is trade off everywhere and hence confused ...
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Thanks..Yes.. Dallas and Houston also a very good options ..No state tax and centrally located to both the coasts. I am a bit inclined to Dallas for those reasons .. But I heard that it's not as exiting as east coast places as there are no major attractions or visiting places around and Dallas is more of an industrial city.. I was contemplating it with Philadelphia.. as Philly has NY,NJ,DC,Baltimore,Atlantic city everything in driveable distance and it has got very good school districts. But all that comes at a higher living cost .. So there is trade off everywhere and hence confused ...
Dallas isn't industrial, but compared to other major metros it is very utilitarian. Not a lot of history, terrible climate (although coming from Vegas will help with that transition), and not even remotely scenic, but it's cheap-ish, has a strong economy, and has every garden variety amenity imaginable. If you're just looking for a big house and a good bang for your buck Dallas will probably do, but if you want more than that there are better choices out there.
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Old 05-25-2017, 09:02 PM
 
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There is a large Indian population in NJ, however, NJ will have the highest cost of living. Philadelphia is second to NJ, in both Indian population and cost of living.

I'd check out Atlanta. It's cheaper than both NJ and Philly. Has a large airport with non-stop flights to many other cities and it also has good weather. You're going to have a high quality of living and you'll get more for your money.


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So far, I am considering Atlanta / Philadelphia / Dallas / NJ /Houston as possible locations as they are hubs for major airlines. I am an Indian and would also prefer to live in areas that are popular among Indians where I can get Indian community.

I would like to understand which is the best city to move to considering various factors such as - good schools, cost of living (apartment rent, taxes etc), proximity to the airport, Indian community presence, livelyhood of the location, low crime etc..
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Old 05-25-2017, 10:27 PM
 
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Thanks..Yes.. Dallas and Houston also a very good options ..No state tax and centrally located to both the coasts. I am a bit inclined to Dallas for those reasons .. But I heard that it's not as exiting as east coast places as there are no major attractions or visiting places around and Dallas is more of an industrial city.. I was contemplating it with Philadelphia.. as Philly has NY,NJ,DC,Baltimore,Atlantic city everything in driveable distance and it has got very good school districts. But all that comes at a higher living cost .. So there is trade off everywhere and hence confused ...
The only reason I suggest DFW is because of the airport's proximity to, besides both coasts, to good neighborhoods with a notable Indian population. It also assumed that your income would be the same regardless of location and Dallas is among your cheaper luster options; I actually believe Houston is cheaper (I just don't know as much about it) and anything I find on line indicates Atlanta is more expensive than DFW, although that could have changed recently with the rise in home prices.

Honestly, assuming you'll be flying often to the West Coast, Atlanta would be the last of my choices. It just isn't within driving distance to much unless your interest lies primarily in nature (I'm assuming from your list that you're more interested in urban destinations). On top would be either Philadelphia or DFW/Houston (depending on its Indian community and layout in terms of airport, as it is more affordable than DFW). Like you said, it is a trade-off, with one being more centrally located and one being located towards what you find more interesting for visits/entertainment. Weather between the two is really what you prefer; summers are much worse in DFW while the reverse is true for winters.

Also, if it helps, some people on this website has said that Philadelphia is practically as affordable as DFW, so COL may not be as much as factor.
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Old 05-25-2017, 10:43 PM
 
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The only reason I suggest DFW is because of the airport's proximity to, besides both coasts, to good neighborhoods with a notable Indian population. It also assumed that your income would be the same regardless of location and Dallas is among your cheaper luster options; I actually believe Houston is cheaper (I just don't know as much about it) and anything I find on line indicates Atlanta is more expensive than DFW, although that could have changed recently with the rise in home prices.

Honestly, assuming you'll be flying often to the West Coast, Atlanta would be the last of my choices. It just isn't within driving distance to much unless your interest lies primarily in nature (I'm assuming from your list that you're more interested in urban destinations). On top would be either Philadelphia or DFW/Houston (depending on its Indian community and layout in terms of airport, as it is more affordable than DFW). Like you said, it is a trade-off, with one being more centrally located and one being located towards what you find more interesting for visits/entertainment. Weather between the two is really what you prefer; summers are much worse in DFW while the reverse is true for winters.

Also, if it helps, some people on this website has said that Philadelphia is practically as affordable as DFW, so COL may not be as much as factor.
Thanks a lot... Your views makes so much sense...
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