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Old 09-20-2008, 12:57 PM
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I'm not sure how well received these types of posts are, but I'm kind of stuck and any help would be appreciated.

I am a 22 year old recent college grad (degree in graphic design) who is looking to move sometime next year. I was born in Rhode Island, grew up in Maine and went to college in Vermont, but I'm kind of looking to move out of New England and start somewhere fresh. As you can imagine though, this kind of transition is kind of overwhelming and I don't know how to find a city that's best suited for me.

A little about me: I'm single, and like any recent grad money is kind of tight for me. After four years in dorms I don't mind living in a small apartment. I'd love to live in a bigger city, but safety and friendliness are always big concerns. Areas I've looked at are Indianapolis and Dallas. Would either of these be a fit or does anyone have any suggestions?

Also, just a general question about a major move: should I look for a place to live and then get a job once I move in, or should finding a job be my first concern before finding a place to live?

Thanks so much for any help.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:43 PM
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Born, raised and until 2 years ago, a life long resident of Maine. Moved 28 months ago to WI and absolutely hate it. I think New England is so ingrained in our blood that the culture shock is just too much for us. As young as you are, you might adapt more easily.

That being said, have you looked at Minneapolis or Denver? Both are cities with a younger demographic so you should have no problem finding lots of friends in your age group. They are large enough to offer promising career opportunities, and the climate will be more familiar.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:15 PM
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Well, I am 21 and in a similar situation as you (except I am married). My husband and I are looking to move out of Ohio b/c we both went to college here as well as being born and raised in the state. I have never been to Dallas, but I have been to Indianapolis and I would say Dallas would be a better fit. I like Indianapolis, but you may have more success in your degree area and there is probably a lot more to do (socially) in Dallas. It would be a big change from New England, but if you don't mind, then it might be a good idea. If your looking at midwest...I'd vote Columbus over Indy any day...just my 2 cents though.
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:00 PM
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I actually have looked a little at Minneapolis and it looks like a great city, I'm just not too sure about the job prospects I'd find out there.

I'm going to take a peek at Columbus as well. I have a friend who lives there and I don't know why it never popped into my head to check it out.
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:06 PM
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Minneapolis would be a great place for a graphic designer. Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and NWA are all headquartered in Minneapolis and several companies are headquartered in St. Paul. I suggest Denver too. It might match your criteria and it's very social and laid back.
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Old 09-20-2008, 07:27 PM
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Minneapolis is sounding really promising. It doesn't seem like it would be too much culture shock for me.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:28 PM
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An studio here in Mpls. would be roughly between $500 and $600. $600 to $800 for a one bedroom. The city was settled by New Englanders, a few Scandinavians, Germans and Irish followed. The biggest shock would probably be size instead of culture. There are always people here coming from places alot smaller, and they adapt pretty quickly. People here are friendly to people in public, if you are shy it is harder to make friends. We won't generally come to you. The economy here is relatively stable and always diversified. There are also a good number of advertising firms, especially in the Warehouse District. I don't know with what ease you will find a job here in this Reaganesque economy, but it won't be harder than anywhere else. I can always answer more questions on the Mpls. forum. Good luck on finding a new city.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:12 AM
Location: Victoria TX
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Obviously, the nicest cities to live in are the ones where it would be hardest to find a job. I'd suggest that you isolate a few very very specific things that are inportant to you, and then look for a relatively un-renowned city that promises to fulfill that interest. Kansas City is a well-kept secret, not in very many top-ten lists, but a wonderful place to live and work. Job-wise, though, it can be diffucult. Many people who got transferred there and then got downsized, loved it so much that they stayed, and are formidable competitors in the job market.
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