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Old 06-23-2008, 09:35 AM
 
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Hello! I'm from Bulgaria (Europe). I'm planning to move to USA with a friend in the next 1-2 years.. We're planning to move, live and work in USA. But there is a problem. We can't choose which city will be best to move to. We're wondering between:
1. Atlanta, GA
2. Boston, MA
3. Minneapolis, MN
4. Seattle, WA
We need some help.. some info about which city from the ones I have listed is the best for emigre's ?? Could you please rank them according to rents/clothes/food costs and jobs payment ? Or tell us which city is gonna be the best for us to go to? Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:10 AM
 
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I think we need more information to go on before we can dispense any helpful information.

How much money in US dollars can you spend each month for rent and utilities?

What kind of employment are you seeking?

Are you married? What kind of work is your wife seeking?

Will you need mass transit or will you have cars?
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:18 PM
 
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I like Boston best. It has the most historical culture, great architecture, lots to do, good mass transit, lots of diversity, and plenty of other cool cities nearby. BUT it's also pretty expensive.

Seattle would be my next pick. It's pretty diverse, has a strong job market, lots of cool walkable areas, and pretty natural scenery. It's more affordable than Boston. The only downside is that it's almost always cloudy and overcast (for most of the year).

Atlanta has a great, booming job market and plenty to do. It's very pretty and green, and the people are friendly. It's a very affordable city. It's warm year round, but the summers can be very hot. The only downside is that you need a car to get around.

Minneapolis has a cool social scene and a good family atmosphere. However, I've heard the complaint many times that it can be hard for new-comers to break into social circles because it's not as transient of a city. It also has the coldest winters of the four (it gets VERY cold).
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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If you're looking solely for affordabilty than choose Atlanta or Minneapolis. However, cities are usually affordable for a reason. I think Boston would be the best choice.

Also, what made you choose these cities in particular?
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Why have you picked those four?
I know that lots of Bulgarians have moved to Las Vegas. Many work in the casinos and other service industry jobs. Keep in mind that the economic climate right now is not good anywhere in the US. If you want to be near other Bulgarians and a have a helping hand while you first here, Las Vegas might be an option.
The overall cost of living is average. The city is exciting and lively.
Post in the Las Vegas section of the forum if you want more specific answers.
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:14 PM
 
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Well, I'm not married! I'm gonna go to US with a friend. And we plan to take a loan from a bank.. about $ 14,000 each. Just for a start. It's gonna be very difficult at the beginning I know that but we are looking for a place that we can live well! We're gonna work as hard as an army if it has to. Why did we choose those 4 cities? Well, I guess because I've heard from a LOT of people that they are one of the best for Bulgarians. Las Vegas is no good for us! We hate the desert! We just want a place that is gonna be our new home for the rest of our lives! We won't tell why we want to move! It's very personal! We need a place that you will never be bored in! A place where we can find a job.. and it's salary is gonna be enough to pay back the bank loan and pay the rent of the home where we're gonna live. With other words: We need a place that the life in it it's not very expensive and the job's payment is good! A friends of mine told me that Boston is a great place. It's a bit expensive but it is great! The jobs are great and well paid. So.. yeah If you guys can give me more info on Boston. ( Rents costs / Food costs / Clothes costs / ) Which neighbourhood is the best. Which one has less crime. Which has a bus or metro or other transportation. Cause at first we'll not buy a car and the travel will be a sort of problem at first. So.. uhm.. Please give me ALL the info you can give me about Boston And I'll be very thankfull ! Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:34 PM
 
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Try the Boston board....

Boston Forum - Relocation, Moving, Local City Discussions - City-Data Forum

Yeah, it's an expensive place, but it's all relative - it should be cheaper than most European cities.
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:36 AM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:52 AM
 
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Yes, housing in Boston is not cheap. But salaries for white collar jobs are indeed pretty high and should be commensurate with the cost of living.

Visit Boston.com and then click on the "Home" link and then "rent" link.

The Allston neighborhood in the west end of Boston is quite nice. Expect to pay around $2,000 a month for a two bedroom apartment in most of the good neighborhoods in and around Boston.

Food and clothing is relative. My current food bill in Kansas City is around $270 a month but I eat more than the average person. Food prices also seem higher here than in New England and NY. Unless you specify how you dress I don't think it is possible to offer a price on clothing. Do you wear suits? Business casual? Tee shirts and jeans?
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Boston would definitely be a great choice. If you're looking for lower cost of living, I would also recommend Philadelphia or even Chicago.
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