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Old 03-14-2009, 05:11 PM
 
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Hi i was wondering where is a good location for a single parent making about $32k a year with 3 kids. 1 is a adult one a toddler and the other a teen. i myself am a LPN for now but still going for the RN. I am looking for culture, excitement, diversity and a safe neighborhood for children. Living in richmond VA currently and I hope to get as far away as possible. i find it dull and boring to say the least. Don't try to convince me how wonderful it is because I've already decided to move due to too many reasons to list.

I realize it may not be a lot of money to some but i am able to make it work for me until I'm a RN. If anyone can suggest some locations that are worth looking into please list them. I need some change by the end of the year.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:04 PM
 
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Outside of NYC/Boston/San Fran and a few other expensive places... I think you will be fine as your salary will most likely be slightly better... and cost of living not too much different.

Hrrmmm how bout Chicago? Probably better pay for an RN and huge medical district...

same with Houston...

both have culture and diversity, different climate and culture though.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Outside of NYC/Boston/San Fran and a few other expensive places... I think you will be fine as your salary will most likely be slightly better... and cost of living not too much different.

Hrrmmm how bout Chicago? Probably better pay for an RN and huge medical district...

same with Houston...

both have culture and diversity, different climate and culture though.
I would say Houston over Chicago.
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Old 03-14-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 03-14-2009, 08:39 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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The "best place to move on 32k a year" would be around the corner from where their mother or grandmother lives.

Interesting that your children make your life-altering decisions for you but to each his own....

20yrsinBranson

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Old 03-14-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Have you considered any parts of the Interior Northeast? On $32,000 you can live comfortably (not extravagantly) here in my native Northeastern Pennsylvania, where you'd be roughly two hours from either NYC or Philly if you ever "got too bored." Your outdoor recreational opportunities are numerous, employment options in the nursing/medical industry here are booming (a new medical college is slated to open this fall in Scranton), and to me we're just the perfect size. We have "heavy" traffic, but it's nearly never congested. We're large enough to attract some great headline acts (Coldplay even just announced they're coming to Scranton as part of their "Viva la Vida Tour"), yet we're still small enough to enjoy those concerts. We have a lot of petty crime, but violent crime is very, very rare. We're not very diverse, but that is improving with each passing year as more transplants from NJ/NYC flood on in.

Just give it some thought. There's plenty of folks on the Northeastern Pennsylvania sub-forum who'd be more than happy to help you!
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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Sorry i deleted that post I thought it was a double post. Yes I am considering everywhere but the state of va basically. I never really considered Pennsylvania before (mainly because I felt it was still too close) but I am going to look more into it right now! Thanks
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Old 03-15-2009, 03:17 PM
 
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It would help if we knew what other things you and your kids like in the way of activities and weather. Does the older kid have a career path they want to pursue? Does he/she contribute to the household finances?

There are many of places where you can live for 32K if you know the basics of frugality. If you don't have the frugality part mastered then you will be living above your means no matter where you go and how much you earn.
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Palos Verdes
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I am looking for culture, excitement, diversity and a safe neighborhood for children. Living in richmond VA currently and I hope to get as far away as possible. i find it dull and boring to say the least. I realize it may not be a lot of money to some but i am able to make it work for me until I'm a RN.

Hmmm.... Sadly, the market often is a good indicator of how desirable a place to live is - i.e, the more expensive, the more "culture, excitement and safety" you will find.

I can put in a word for San Antonio - you can live surprisingly well on $32K, as real estate is still dirt cheap there, and there are quite a few medical jobs. Only places you will find as cheap are in the rust belt.......
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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Syracuse might be a good fit for you too. It's diverse enough, it's pretty affordable and there are plenty of nursing jobs here. You would probably like the Westcott/University area of the city. you might like the Outer Comstock neighborhood as well. Here's some information:Westcott, Syracuse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Westcott Street Cultural Fair

Westcott Community Center

Westcott East Neighborhood Association

University Neighborhood, Syracuse, New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Outer Comstock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Westcott

Thornden Park

Map of Syracuse neighborhoods
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