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Old 09-23-2017, 04:48 AM
 
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I would go with the city. When you live in the suburbs, you live and move around the suburbs more than you think. It's definitely affordable with your budget.
Perhaps she could find some "steals" in Evanston, which has its own scene and is a diverse city on its own. This should help: https://www.trulia.com/for_rent/42.0...0_price/14_zm/


More Evanston information: https://www.cityofevanston.org/


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https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0484...7i13312!8i6656


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Old 09-23-2017, 06:30 AM
 
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Some apartment maps for Buffalo and Rochester: https://www.trulia.com/for_rent/42.8...0_price/13_zm/


https://www.trulia.com/for_rent/43.1...0_price/13_zm/


For Chicago: https://www.trulia.com/for_rent/41.8...0_price/14_zm/


Even Detroit may be another option: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=insurance&l=Detroit%2C+MI


https://www.trulia.com/for_rent/Detr.../0-1300_price/


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Oak Park outside of Chicago may also work: https://www.trulia.com/for_rent/41.8..._zm/#map-crime


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Old 09-23-2017, 12:30 PM
 
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If you don't mind a mid sized area, Rochester NY has a big deaf community due to NTID: RIT - National Technical Institute for the Deaf

There's also this school as well: https://www.rsdeaf.org

More information: https://rocwiki.org/Deaf_Community

Perhaps given your background, a company like Paychex may be worth a look: Jobs at Paychex

Contrary to what was said, its cost of living is around, if not below the national average. It is a diverse city and there are select suburban areas that have a visible amount of diversity as well. It is about 42% Black in the city, which also has a Black woman as its current mayor and is the city's second Black mayor(and first woman as such). It is also about 17% Hispanic in the city.

I'd say that in terms of neighborhoods in the city, the outer portions of the 19th Ward and the NE neighborhoods may work due to having diverse and middle class areas with substantial to predominantly Black populations. There are parts of the popular SE Quadrant like SouthWedge, Monroe Village and maybe Swillburg that may work as well.

In terms of suburbs, parts of Chili, Henrietta, Brighton, Greece, Irondequoit and Gates are some that are more likely to fit what you are looking for.

If you like water activities, there are plenty in the area and Letchworth State Park south of the city is called "the Grand Canyon of the East. You also have the Erie Canal in the area, lakeside beaches and wineries in the nearby Finger Lakes.

There are also plenty of festivals as well. Some that you may like: City of Rochester | Rochester MusicFest 2017

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival | June 22 - 30, 2018

https://www.rochesterevents.com/lilac-festival/

CLARISSA STREET REUNION - Welcome

Puerto Rican Festival - Rochester, NY

If you do consider it, this may be a group to link up with: Rochester Black Young Professionals

You can find out more from these outlets as well: WDKX.com | 103.9 FM Rochester NY

Minority Reporter Home page grid - Minority Reporter

http://www.1009wxir.com

Our Voice The Magazine Engaging + Informative

https://m.rochestercitynewspaper.com

https://bobcritic.wordpress.com/blog/

Just a suggestion and hope this helps.
Some that come to mind: https://rocwiki.org/Homestead_Heights


https://rocwiki.org/Northland-Lyceum


https://rocwiki.org/North_Winton_Village (considered to be SE, but is more directly east)


Same with this neighborhood and I'd say the eastern portion is a better fit: https://rocwiki.org/Beechwood
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Old 09-23-2017, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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Thanks a bunch for sending this information. I'm still looking into NY.

I think my top right now is Chicago, IL. I have family there which is nice. There is a college there that offers an interpreting degree but I'll have to look more into that. It's a bit expensive right in Chicago so I'm looking for some cities close to Chicago that might be a bit cheaper but maybe no more than a 30min drive from downtown Chicago.
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I would go with the city. When you live in the suburbs, you live and move around the suburbs more than you think. It's definitely affordable with your budget.
Agree, if you're young, don't need the big yard and top rated schools for kids, live in the city where all the energy is. Btw, there's no comparison between Atlanta and Chicago. Chicago is huge, dense, walkable, loaded with character and has an awesome transit system. In comparison, Atlanta is like a giant sprawling suburb.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:17 AM
 
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I think the perk of Atlanta is that it's cheaper. I can find a really nice apartment in my price range in ATL. I don't think I realized how much apartments actually cost in Chicago. The nice apartments are all outside my price range, around $1600. The ones in my range look really old :/.I hate to be picky but I've lived in a nasty apartment some years ago and it was a nightmare!
I was thinking of apply for positions similar to my current position but I'm may have to try to get a better job haha. I'm currently an underwriting assistant and make $44k. I can try for a underwriter position where salaries can average $55k starting out which would help.

Ugh I didn't think picking a city would be so challenging lol. I really appreciate all of yalls suggestions! Thank you
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Old 09-24-2017, 05:24 PM
 
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I think the perk of Atlanta is that it's cheaper. I can find a really nice apartment in my price range in ATL. I don't think I realized how much apartments actually cost in Chicago. The nice apartments are all outside my price range, around $1600. The ones in my range look really old :/.I hate to be picky but I've lived in a nasty apartment some years ago and it was a nightmare!
I was thinking of apply for positions similar to my current position but I'm may have to try to get a better job haha. I'm currently an underwriting assistant and make $44k. I can try for a underwriter position where salaries can average $55k starting out which would help.

Ugh I didn't think picking a city would be so challenging lol. I really appreciate all of yalls suggestions! Thank you
If you are still open to the NY cities/areas mentioned, they are on par, if not lower in terms of COL in the case of Buffalo. Just finding the right job is the key.

Also, what about other bigger Chicagoland satellite cities like Aurora, Joliet and Elgin? Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin

Aurora Downtown | things to do and places to go in downtown Aurora, Illinois

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Old 09-26-2017, 03:56 PM
 
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Just curious, but do you have a population limit in terms of a city/area?
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Old 09-26-2017, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I think the perk of Atlanta is that it's cheaper. I can find a really nice apartment in my price range in ATL. I don't think I realized how much apartments actually cost in Chicago. The nice apartments are all outside my price range, around $1600. The ones in my range look really old :/.I hate to be picky but I've lived in a nasty apartment some years ago and it was a nightmare!
I was thinking of apply for positions similar to my current position but I'm may have to try to get a better job haha. I'm currently an underwriting assistant and make $44k. I can try for a underwriter position where salaries can average $55k starting out which would help.

Ugh I didn't think picking a city would be so challenging lol. I really appreciate all of yalls suggestions! Thank you
Factor in the idea of not having a car. You'd save more than you'd be spending in the extra rent. If that's something you'd be interested in of course.
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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If you are still open to the NY cities/areas mentioned, they are on par, if not lower in terms of COL in the case of Buffalo. Just finding the right job is the key.

Also, what about other bigger Chicagoland satellite cities like Aurora, Joliet and Elgin? Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin

Aurora Downtown | things to do and places to go in downtown Aurora, Illinois

Joliet Downtown | Joliet City Center Partnership | Events, Dining, Entertainment Joliet Illinois
Yeah I will look into those cities in Illinois as well. Thank you!

I would love to live in Chicago but financially that may not be the best move for me. I'm still on the edge about Rochester and Buffalo just because of the job thing but it's not completely ruled out.

I've now been looking at Philadelphia. I found a few apartments that are near my rent range and they do have some insurance companies I can apply too so that's good!
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:54 PM
 
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Just curious, but do you have a population limit in terms of a city/area?
Uh not really. I don't need to live in a city as big as Atlanta; I just want there to be enough people around my age to meet, and a diverse city. I feel like bigger cities seem to attract all the millennials, which could be because the bigger cities have more opportunities in general.
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