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Old 12-04-2017, 03:24 PM
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Once I was retired, all I wanted was to get out of the small town where I was living. It took me awhile as I researched on CD different areas/states I was interested in.

My last year there, with a cloudy summer & cloudy, snowy, icy winter was enough for me.

Prior to that, I'd lived in both Minneapolis & St Paul & enjoyed both until I got older. I never did like the suburbs, too much keeping up with the Jones's, but until I got older I did enjoy the cities.

Then came the recession & crime spiralled out of sight. Lots of gangs, burglaries, shootings & drugs. It was scary for an elder, at least for me.

I moved to the small town where my mother grew up, close to the family farm where my sister & brother have houses. Talk about excitement - not. I didn't fit in well partly because I'd always worked in an office & there weren't a lot of folks that I had anything in common with. I learned quickly to keep quiet & play down my work experience.

I'm glad I had the experience because I always wondered if I would like it there & did make some good friends but really glad I moved to a warm climate that has lots of sun. I didn't even realize just how depressing the weather & lack of sunshine was affecting me until I was out of it.
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:45 PM
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I live in Midland, Texas and I have been done with it for years.Midland has no good dating opportunities for people my age so I want to possibly move after i get my oil company off the ground.I am considering Abilene or Lubbock or Waco or Austin for more church of Christ girls so i can get married.
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Old 12-06-2017, 07:06 PM
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I don't understand it either. At least 75% of moving threads on here and elsewhere have "OMG DIVERSITY OR BUST" in the OP. And their ages likely in their late 20s and up. Sad. Shouldn't jobs, crime rate, access to basic services and even public transportation be much more of a priority?

To answer the topic, I was done with SE Pennsylvania. SEPTA is trash unless you're on regional rail(which is about 20 miles away from where I live in Western MontCo, which is a dive, take a guess where), COL isn't a bargain, the job market in my field--blue collar/industrial--is limited and the wages that go along with it are a joke compared to the Midwest, and the transplants from Philthy, Jersey and NYC bringing their traffic and behavior were/are getting annoying. I was considering Pittsburgh, Cincy, Indy, Jacksonville(got fam there and I'm more familiar with the city) and even Charlotte.

Fortunately I found a job at a plant that's a 20-minute walk from my apt. Starting out as a temp but once I get hired on to perm by the spring, I'd be making more per hour than I would be at my previous warehouse job where I've worked since 2013. With better benefits and less labor involved. My apt's in a dive hood but after I get hired to perm I'll have enough money to move to a better spot, and maybe a car by the summer. The rent isn't cheap around here for even a 1BR--comparable to Charlotte at worst-- but it's not impossible when I get my raise in the spring. The further west you go the more affordable it gets.

That said, if I can land a job opportunity from the Midwest I'm outta here. Otherwise PA(outside of Philthy and the immediate burbs) would do. The state outside of Philthy isn't that bad even if we have regressive local wage taxes.
Catch 22. I think if you're a minority, being around people that look like you can be comforting. However, people aren't nice to you just because you're both the same ethnicity.
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