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Old 07-13-2008, 09:50 AM
 
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Hi there,

I am a 33 year old teacher with graduate education and my husband is a CRNA. We have two children who are 3 and 1.5 years old. I am a Canadian and my husband is American. I am of mixed race and my husband is Black. Currently we live in Windsor, ON where I work and my husband commutes to Detroit each day for his job. We are thinking about moving in the next few years to find some better opportunities for our family and our careers.

I am a country girl at heart and LOVE nature, DH is a city boy but is willing to compromise. He loves sports and would like to live in a place with a professional sports team or a know college team preferrably football or basketball. He has suggested Texas but I am hesitant because I enjoy all seasons. Windsor is very mild but does get a bit of snow in the winter (I don't want a place with cold temps though..I prefer moderate). We have both considered Virginia but I am concerned about diversity.

Here is what I would like...

Green space
Excellent education
Affordable living
Diversity!! (not segregated)
4 seasons, moderate temps
culture...museums, theatre etc
family oriented
safe

The more I read on here, I feel hesitant to leave Canada but since there are no CRNA ops here...it looks like we will have to cross the border.

Does ANYONE have any suggestions??? Can anyone relate to our situation? Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:23 PM
 
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DC sounds like a perfect fit (moderate winters, lots of things to do and see, lots of diversity, plenty of families)....but it can get pricey. It may still be worth a look.

Maybe Nashville?
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:26 PM
 
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You love nature? Avoid texas. Seattle and Portland fit the bill if you can survive the rain. Denver actually has OK weather if you don't mind snow. I'm not a big fan of anything east of the rockies other than Denver, NYC, Chicago, Boston, and D.C.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:32 PM
 
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Why are you worried about diversity in Virginia? I hope you're not falling prey to 100 year old stereotypes.

You might also want to consider Knoxville, Tennessee, particularly the Oak Ridge area. Being home to national nuclear labs and 10,000 nuclear physicists, people from all over the world live and visit there. Its schools are outstanding. The Knoxville metro area is very green, very lush, four very distinct seasons, and your husband will have plenty of collegiate sports here with the University of Tennessee and our 107,000 fans at football games and 24,000 at basketball games.

Oak Ridge's Melton Hill Lake:

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Old 07-15-2008, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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The weather sounds like maybe somewhere in the midwest. And the midwest is generally affordable.
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:44 PM
 
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I would say Mpls, Denver and maybe even Nashville could fit
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:20 AM
 
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The weather sounds like maybe somewhere in the midwest. And the midwest is generally affordable.
Except for the part about moderate temps. The upper midwest is going to be COLD.

The lower midwest could work...maybe Missouri or Kansas or something.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:30 AM
 
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completely missed the part about you being a teacher - i would avoid mpls in that case along with a lot of the upper midwest - very saturated market
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:42 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Not sure about the education part, but I have always liked the Nashville area. Big enough to have things to do, but not so big it is stifling. Close by are some great outdoor areas and some terrific scenic areas. There are a few good Hospitals around so the CRNA aspect shouldn't be a problem at all. The big question mark would be the schools, for you to teach, and your little ones to get a good education. Good Luck in your search.
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