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Old 03-11-2007, 09:22 AM
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In the near future I'd like to make a career change and would be looking to work my way from the bottom up in a new field. I'd rather move to a smaller town/city but it's usually harder to find work there than in a larger city. With these criteria in mind where would be the best place for me to go? I'm also looking for a place with reasonable living expenses.
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Old 03-11-2007, 11:02 AM
Location: Missouri
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Try these links:
http://www.projectionscentral.com/projhome.asp (broken link)
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Old 03-11-2007, 02:10 PM
Location: Omaha, NE
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Default My hometown rocks!!

check these links out about Omaha, NE btw 859,000 CSA Lincoln, NE 281,000 very near and soon both will be one CSA at near 1.2 million... Some links

a.Omaha was ranked in the top 20 in 2003 for best jobs in the us according to:
b.top 20 here in the us for quality of life:
c.#5 according to msnbc.com for raising a baby
d.Study ranks the Omaha metro the #30 funnest metro in america
e.#41 for highest per capita income in the US
f.crime rate if very low
g.#7 best big city place to live according to money magazine
h.#15 overal for jobs,
h.#32nd in median household income
h.#12th cost of living rank
h.#55 job growth

dhttp://www.bestjobsusa.com/sections/CAN-bestplaces2003/index.asp (broken link)
Forbes Magazine ranked Omaha 15th overall for jobs, 32nd highest in median household income, 17th in unemployment, 12th in cost of living rank 55th in job growth out of all the metros in the nation...

Says Forbes (2/15/07) http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/15/bes...ml&partner=rss

Complete rankings here: http://www.forbes.com/home/2007/02/1...obs_table.html


This one was just released and is the latest
it spells out household income vs US
Cost of living vs US
population of individual counties in Omaha metro and how much they grew by
from 2000 to 2006 and projections to 2011. It lays out the job growth here and by what categories... And what to expect in the next year 2007
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Old 03-11-2007, 02:58 PM
Location: Michissippi
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I'm gonna have to check out Omaha, too. I guess I'd prefer a mountain state, but I'm always interested in learning about up-and-coming smaller cities that have a growing economy with a high quality of life, especially ones that fly under the radar of many of my potential small business competitors. I also need to add Little Rock to the list.
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Old 03-11-2007, 03:07 PM
Location: Concord, NC
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Charlotte and Raleigh in NC have two of the strongest economies in the nation. Charlotte (banking/financial/insurance) and Raleigh (high tech/R&D/education). The weather is awesome and the costs of living are very reasonable. Good luck in your search!
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:02 AM
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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Default Fast-growing cities and mountain cities employment growth rates

From the Bureau of Labor statistics www.bls.gov

5 year employment growth

Des Moines, Iowa employment (Up and coming city)
January 2002: 287,800
January 2007: 313,800

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma employment (Up and coming city)
January 2002: 532,200
January 2007: 568,200

Albaquerque, New Mexico (Mountain State)
January 2002: 355,500
January 2007: 390,900

Denver, Colorado (Mountain State)
January 2002: 1,152,000
January 2007: 1,201,200

Billings, Montana (Mountain State)
January 2002: 67,400
January 2007: 76,100

Salt Lake City, UT (Mountain State)
January 2002: 567,500
January 2007: 623,800

Boise, UT (Mountain State) *fastest growing economy of this list percentage wise
January 2002: 226,900
January 2007: 271,300

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Old 03-12-2007, 07:33 AM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Originally Posted by friendnc View Post
Charlotte and Raleigh in NC have two of the strongest economies in the nation. Charlotte (banking/financial/insurance) and Raleigh (high tech/R&D/education). The weather is awesome and the costs of living are very reasonable. Good luck in your search!
The only problem I foresee in both of these areas is having "too much of a good thing." Unfortunately, your desirablity is not going unnoticed, as people from NY, NJ, and PA are flooding into your state in droves for the benefits of NC. If the Tarheel State isn't keeping pace in "planning ahead" for this mass influx of new residents, then both Raleigh and Charlotte may soon become congested with traffic and sprawled to the max with tract housing. I'm not saying you don't live in a nice state; I'm just saying "how much longer will it last if EVERYONE comes?" Trust me, you won't even be able to recognize much of Eastern PA either in another generation if this exurban growth from NYC continues to flood in.
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