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Old 06-18-2017, 12:59 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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California: Pros: Palm trees, higher paying jobs, ocean, weather, diversity, food, mountains, progressive people, can meet connects there Cons: Cost of living (its gotta be some towns out there that's affordable though, its common sense to not move directly in a metro area because rent will be the highest...same as Chicago; you have to move 15mins-2hrs away from the city for affordable rent)
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If you have bad credit, or hate the following: long commutes, mostly freeway driving, a high COL including extremely high rent, lots of hills to wear out your cars, no grid-shaped cities, mostly poor schools, lots of rules and police to enforce them, heavy background checks for jobs, apartments, jobs that ask for "bilingual preferred"---forget California.
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true, but then again CA has so much more to offer than GA that I could get around or accept those things.

OK, California Reality check, let's put it another way...you will not be able to afford anything within 2 hours from the ocean unless "affordable" in a good neighborhood with okay schools and 2 hours from the ocean means $2200 and up for a 2-bedroom apartment, most jobs are in the big cities which are very unaffordable, traffic is utterly ridiculous and you will spend 1-2 hours each way in it, "diversity" does not really include Black people (if that's what you are inferring) as only 6.5% Black population in the entire state, per US Census) as most "diversity" is Hispanic and Asian.
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Florida or Texas. Colorado will be too cold. A lot of the big Texas cities won't give you too much of a Southern vibe.
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:26 PM
 
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OK, California Reality check, let's put it another way...you will not be able to afford anything within 2 hours from the ocean unless "affordable" in a good neighborhood with okay schools and 2 hours from the ocean means $2200 and up for a 2-bedroom apartment, most jobs are in the big cities which are very unaffordable, traffic is utterly ridiculous and you will spend 1-2 hours each way in it, "diversity" does not really include Black people (if that's what you are inferring) as only 6.5% Black population in the entire state, per US Census) as most "diversity" is Hispanic and Asian.
I agree on all points except you probably won't be able to find anything affordable two hours from the ocean either. At that point, you're out in the Inland Empire, which is not desirable at all - lots of crime, smog, lower paying jobs, long commutes - but the rent is still pretty awful when compared to Atlanta. Expect to pay 1400 or more for a two-bedroom apartment. Oh, and there are far more scammers and criminals in Southern California than in Atlanta, so you expect to get hassled by the cops more too.
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:35 PM
 
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Actually I did do my homework before I moved here. It wasn't about that. I'm not generalizing Atlanta, I know the good areas are north of the city, I've lived in Lawrenceville & Marietta before coming to my current spot. Moving to another spot in Atlanta still won't make me like this place. It isn't a good fit for us other than affordable housing, this isn't about living in a good or bad neighborhood that's making me feel the way that I do about ATL. Stop taking it personal. I'm from Chicago, I've lived in way worse and way better neighborhoods than where I am now; and was still happier and more content than anywhere I've been since I've came to Georgia.
I love how people always accuse you of "taking things personal[ly]" when you take issue with something they said; that's far from the case. At any rate, it certainly did sound as though you were generalizing the city with your description. Every place isn't for everyone but it's kinda hard to see how you truly did your homework if you moved to a neighborhood *that* out of sync with your preferences. At any rate, I hope you find a good neighborhood in a city that suits you better.

OAN, it seems like Black people from Chicago in particular have the most complaints about Atlanta. I don't know why that is, but it's just an anecdotal observation on my part. Perhaps another area in Chicago or another Midwestern city would be a better fit. I wouldn't discount Indianapolis, Columbus, or Minneapolis for starters.
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:40 PM
 
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I agree on all points except you probably won't be able to find anything affordable two hours from the ocean either. At that point, you're out in the Inland Empire, which is not desirable at all - lots of crime, smog, lower paying jobs, long commutes - but the rent is still pretty awful when compared to Atlanta. Expect to pay 1400 or more for a two-bedroom apartment. Oh, and there are far more scammers and criminals in Southern California than in Atlanta, so you expect to get hassled by the cops more too.
that sounds grim lol . with all that it sounds like only rich people can truly enjoy California...that is crazy though, two hours from the ocean the rent is still crap.
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:48 PM
 
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What about Nevada, anyone? Are jobs hard to find?

Florida seems like a winner here but the housing availability seems to be difficult...as far as jobs seems like there may be hope in Jacksonville, the space coast and north of Miami. How is fort Meyers or the Gulfport/st Petersburg/tampa area?

My husband doesn't have much hope in florida because Georgia has so many Floridian transplants .
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:58 PM
 
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How about Houston?
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:03 PM
 
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Eh, I've lived in LV twice. Jobs aren't easy to find, unless you're in the medical field or have some kind of specialization. Hospitality and service jobs are easier to get if you have the network/social connections. The one thing I've remarked on to my now husband when we were moving to LV (my second time then), if I didn't know anyone at that job, the application process seems to take 3-6 months before I finally get a call (even at Target). Last time I spoke to a friend, she said it seemed to be now 8 months-ish. Other than that, we liked Las Vegas a lot, but with a family now, we would rather look over to Phoenix area instead (if we were looking to move back in that general area).
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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that sounds grim lol . with all that it sounds like only rich people can truly enjoy California...that is crazy though, two hours from the ocean the rent is still crap.
I grew up in Southern California but lived in the Atlanta metro for a few years. I think where you are is better than anywhere in California or Arizona. I never lived in Nevada, but I would visit growing up. Outside of the Vegas metro, Nevada is empty. In the Vegas metro, there is a lot of seediness and crime. Rents are good though.
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Texas is not any more racist than any of those other states, dude. Its one of the least racist places I've been to. Florida is more racist, really.
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