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Old 06-13-2017, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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OP is looking for warm weather though.

I'd look into Atlanta. There is a tech industry here and COL is not too bad yet. The city is getting more expensive but there are still many deals to be had, especially if renting and sharing with roommates. I have some friends who pay less than $500 a month in rent here.
Honestly that should not be the priority when you're on a shoe string budget without a college degree and immigrating from another country. Of course mild winters are nice but so is being able to eat.

May I ask where in Atlanta they live/how many roommates because that is significantly less than what my roommate and I pay to live in a safe but non-trendy area of Columbus, Ohio. Not doubting you at all, just genuinely curious.
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Old 06-13-2017, 10:15 PM
 
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Not sure how the green card program works but I definitely wouldn't want to go to a non Medicaid expansion state if I'm making minimum wage.
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Old 06-14-2017, 12:14 AM
 
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Not sure how the green card program works but I definitely wouldn't want to go to a non Medicaid expansion state if I'm making minimum wage.
"In order to get Medicaid and CHIP coverage, qualified non-citizens (lawfully present immigrants such as many LPRs or green card holders) have a 5-year waiting period".
So Medicaid doesn't really matter right now.
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I'd look into Atlanta. There is a tech industry here and COL is not too bad yet. The city is getting more expensive but there are still many deals to be had, especially if renting and sharing with roommates. I have some friends who pay less than $500 a month in rent here.
Thanks. City is beautiful, rent is pretty reasonable and according to craiglist there are much more tech and blue-collar jobs than in Austin.
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:44 AM
 
Location: ATL & LA
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Honestly that should not be the priority when you're on a shoe string budget without a college degree and immigrating from another country. Of course mild winters are nice but so is being able to eat.

May I ask where in Atlanta they live/how many roommates because that is significantly less than what my roommate and I pay to live in a safe but non-trendy area of Columbus, Ohio. Not doubting you at all, just genuinely curious.
They don't live in a bad area, if that's what you're asking. Housing is pretty affordable here especially if you rent a house with multiple bedrooms. They have 2-3 other roommates.
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
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lucky you! the chance is very low to win green card lottery!
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:29 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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A lot of these suggestions in regards to the south are pretty good except for not needing to have a car as mass transit options or ease of commuting via walking or bike is not often a strong suit of many southern cities.

Atlanta seems like a pretty reasonable choice, though you're going to have where you live and find work restricted to the parts that are easy to get to and from, though that's not too bad.
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Like some posters mentioned it is best to look at mid-sized cities in the South and if perhaps a few in the Midwest if you can deal with colder winters because those areas will have a lower COL than your Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Nashville, Portland, or Seattle type up and coming cities.

A few options to look at although not so about the Tech Openings of each area. Most of these areas have a significant enough international population and a lot of them house or are close to college campus meaning that they will be more diverse. Although these places aren't Millenial Meccas, they are steadily growing and have good enough social scenes without the high COL.

I would check out:
- Bowling Green, KY
- Chattanooga, TN
- Columbus, OH (winters are a little closer to KY than they are to NE OH)
- Greensboro, NC
- Huntsville, AL
- Louisville, KY
- Greenville/Spartanburg, SC
- Urbana/Champaign IL (same as Columbus the winters aren't going to be as bad as they are in Chicago or closer to the Great Lakes)
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:20 AM
 
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Memphis, you can throw boxes at the airport for FedEx, then move up
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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A lot of these suggestions in regards to the south are pretty good except for not needing to have a car as mass transit options or ease of commuting via walking or bike is not often a strong suit of many southern cities.
That's a bit of a stereotype in some instances and older mid-sized southern cities that haven't evolved into suburban sprawl have city cores that incorporate pedestrian/bike-friendly neighborhoods with fairly extensive bus transit coverage, so a car isn't as much a necessity as one might think. Then factor in other services like Uber/Lyft or car share companies such as ZipCar and it can (and does) make cities like Greensboro, Winston Salem, Durham, Columbia SC and others viable alternatives for those who can see past the "necessity" of looking in only much more urban locations.
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Old 06-17-2017, 07:05 PM
 
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In most warm weather cities you are going to need a car or deal with slow public transportation. These cities boomed during the automobile revolution.
Another good option is Houston,
Houston is full of immigrants and there is a huge Russian community.

Russian Community
United Russian American Association
https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/a...fter-15-years/
http://www.ourtx.org/
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