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Old 12-06-2017, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Duderino View Post
I think it's just a matter of perspective. It's highly possible to live in Philly and barely, if ever, interact with its toughest areas. In fact, that's how hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians live, particularly if you're living in or directly adjacent to Center City.

That's not to say that crime should never be a consideration, but for the average upwardly-mobile young person, such as yourself, you'd likely be pretty far removed from the most challenged neighborhoods, where crime is unfortunately very disproportionately concentrated.

I will add that while Boston is of course, overall, the safer city, I think Philly presents an interesting case where there a number of areas that look "worse off" than they actually are, at least with respect to crime. The city is absolutely making impressive strides in revitalization and reinvestment, but there's still significant levels of blight in portions of the city that can make it seem like a place that is far from safe, whereas neighborhood-level crime data may indicate differently.
That's an interesting point. Boston, like LA, has bad neighborhoods that would look middle class at first glance. It also has some upper middle class neighborhoods that are pretty beat up.

The fact remains that the worst hoods in Boston have crime rates that are LOWER than the entire city of Philadelphia. Both cities have come a long way in the last 25 years, but Boston is one of the safest big cities in the nation and Philadelphia is one of the most dangerous.

However we may have reached a point of diminishing returns in Boston. Cutting the crime rate in half would be an amazing achievement for the city, but it wouldn't have an impact on 80% of the residents.

Cutting philly's crime rate in half would change everything
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:06 PM
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Pittsburgh has about the same climate as Boston. Their cost of living is pretty good. Buying power (wages vs. Cost of living) of some areas I'd recommend. The lower the score the better (national average index is 300):

Rochester, NY 271.42
Pittsburgh, PA 272.11
Cincinnati, OH 273.26
Kansas City, MO 275.90
Houston, TX 282.46
San Antonio, TX 282.83
Charlotte, NC 291.29
Atlanta, GA 311.34
Chicago, IL 312.89
Nashville, TN 318.73
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:31 PM
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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You might also check out Cincinnati. It's a really cool neighborhood city that I think someone from Boston would appreciate. You'll have better weather than Boston, but still get a real 4 seasons.
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Old 12-12-2017, 07:01 AM
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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Originally Posted by ChuckAtkinsonJr View Post
I'm surprised no recommendation has been made for cities like Raleigh, spartanburg or a charlotte
If the OP was in tech, Raleigh would have been my first recommendation. Being that he works for a Big 4 in accounting, that opens the doors for any city.

Personally, I gave him ATL as a southeast option as I prefer it to Charlotte. I like the neighborhood feel of ATL a bit more, although Charlotte's proper downtown would probably be my pick between the two.
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