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Old 04-07-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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I'm a 20 year old female with zero kids. I live in a small retired community (or city) right outside of Austin (approx. 60 min. away). I feel now is the perfect time to move, as I don't have the burden of kids or a career stopping me. The problem is, I'm not sure where I wanna go! I just know I want to travel outside of the state of TX. My dream has always been to live in NY. And I was actually going to move out there last summer, until I realized that I simply could not afford their high cost of living. In TX, you can find a 1 bd. apt. for as cheap as $400 a month! In NY, $850 was the cheapest I could find! (and that's not including food, transportation, utilities, OR the security deposit). I also thought about moving to New Jersey, sense it's pretty close to NY. But I quickly realized they were equally expensive. I thought about Florida. I've always wanted to visit Miami beach, but I'm not sure if I'd actually want to live there. Virginia was also on my list, though I'm not really sure why (lol). I wouldn't mind living in California , but from what I've read, Cali is even more expensive than NY! Needless to say, that's completely out of the question... A guy on Myspace suggested Durham/Raleigh North Carolina. Does anyone know much about Durham or Raleigh? (I'll check out their forums in a minute).
So far, I have about $3,400 saved up (I thinks that's enough to get me started). Plus, I know my sister has money saved up. My plan is to find a roommate (that's whenever I find the city LOL), look for employment (online) a few weeks prior to the move, find my own apt. once I get there, and then have my sister come fly down (or up, or whatever! lol).

These are the 5 characteristics that I'm looking for:

1. JOBS! (I realize we're in a recession lol, but I don't think it really matters seeing how my current home doesn't have very many jobs either, unless you're willing to travel far out).

2. Young people!

3. A live city (meaning, excitement). I'm not looking for anything on the order of New Orleans (lol), but I would like to be in a bigger city that has a little excitement.

4. Cheap housing. The most I'm willing to pay for a 1 bd. room is $600.

5. Transportation. I'd LOVE to move to a city that has reliable public transportation. I don't own a car . Every job I've ever had was no more than 10 blocks away from my house. I'll need some way of getting back & forth to work. And no, I'm not riding a bike! lol. (my dad suggested that to me once).

Any advice?
Or am I asking for too much?
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Since you are wide open to a whole set of variables......maybe you should try securing a job through online sources and then move to the area where you end up getting the best job.

You also have to take into consideration finding the safest place in regard to your age and as a single female. Maybe a place where you at least have a couple of friends or family members who can guide you to a lower crime area to rent in.

I applaud you. I think this is the perfect time of your life to just pick a spot on the map and give it a go. Better to aim for the moon and miss.....than aim for your backyard and hit.
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Greater Los Angeles area (unfortunately)
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I'd love to be able to help you, but your question is a little broad... hmmm...

I think it might be a wise idea to spend a bit of the money you have to visit a couple of places. I would definitely want to check out the area I'm thinking of moving to, and as you haven't been to Florida yet, you might end up hating it!

Another major thing you should consider in your move is the weather. Do you like TX weather? Prefer colder? Warmer? New York to Florida is a BIG difference...haha... just one more thing for you to consider.

You say New Jersey is expensive (but close to NY). I know that certain parts of Connecticut are only like 1.5-2 hours from New York City. Is that any cheaper? There might be more to do if you live around the college area, especially for people around your age. That makes it easier to find apartments and roommates too!

I can try to give more advice based on your responses. I do think you're on target with avoiding California. I've lived in both southern CA and the Bay Area, and you would have a rough time finding something $600 in a decent part of town! Might not be impossible, but it's rough. Also, southern CA has TERRIBLE public transportation. So yeah, don't bother with CA...haha...
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:42 PM
 
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I'd love to be able to help you, but your question is a little broad... hmmm...

I think it might be a wise idea to spend a bit of the money you have to visit a couple of places. I would definitely want to check out the area I'm thinking of moving to, and as you haven't been to Florida yet, you might end up hating it!

Another major thing you should consider in your move is the weather. Do you like TX weather? Prefer colder? Warmer? New York to Florida is a BIG difference...haha... just one more thing for you to consider.
I don't think I can be any more specific . I guess I can add some more things, whenever it comes to me. I want to visit all of these places, but that can get quite expensive. I get so many different opinions, I don't know which ones to ignore and which ones to take heed to. 10 people might tell you one thing about a city and 12 ppl might tell you something completely different about the city. I'd just hate to waste my money visiting the *wrong* city (lol), if you know what I mean. I must admit though, I'm not too fond of cold weather. However, I think think I love New York enough to learn to just... deal with it. lol.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:08 PM
 
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Since you are wide open to a whole set of variables......maybe you should try securing a job through online sources and then move to the area where you end up getting the best job.
As far as a job... hmmm. Not really sure how that would play out. I don't have very many skills, so let's say a company WAS interested in hiring me. Is it really wise to spend $150+ on a plane ticket (or bus ride) for a job interview? Is an $8.00 an hour (which is what I'd probably be making) job, that may not even hire me, worth all that? The job part is probably my biggest concern. I don't want to move somewhere and not be able to find work immediately... If I actually had a career, that might be something different. But companies like wal-mart have enough low-skilled people trying to apply, lol. I wonder how most people who don't have very many skills go about finding job and relocating (to a place where they know absolutely no one)?
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:57 AM
 
Location: In God's country
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growing up on the east coast and visiting all the states you mentioned...NJ and can be just as expensive...
Maybe the first thing you should do is research. Check out the sites on here, the pictures the people and ask questions in each states forum. they are very helpful. They helped me get to where i am at today.
Then go online..check out each areas newspapers for the types of jobs there are and what looks appealing to you. and the housing available. You will be able to see the prices of rentals.
And remember...its ultimately your decision. Best of luck to you.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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You could try Portland Oregon or cities closer to you like Dallas, Houston, or Phoenix. There are other cities out there to consider like Pittsburgh PA, Charleston SC, or anyplace that's near a casino where you might be able to find work like Connecticut or somewhere in southern California. Living someplace cheaper in Florida like Melbourne puts you on the coast and within driving distance of Miami. Finding full time work down there is tough though.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:03 AM
 
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Your wants are not going to be met because they are simply to demanding.

There is no place in America that you can find a decent one bedroom apartment for 600 a month with good transportation

Good public transportation = big cities = high rent prices

I stay up to date with central NJ (35-40 minutes from NYC) real estate buying/renting and the cheapest that I found that was livable was 1000 a month
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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I'd like to recommend that you change your plans a bit. Right now your sole focus should be to move to an area where you can find a stable full time job. To be honest, the economy is in absolutely awful shape in most areas of the country and especially in places like NY and NJ.

Take it from someone that is in the same boat as you (at least as far as wanting to move to a place that I like) and that is you are going to have to make some concessions for a few years until things improve. I am going to have to stay in the Kansas City area and can't move to New England, NY, PA or even OH or IN where I'd much rather be. At least my current job is stable and I can survive for a few years here until the economy and job picture improve making a move to a more desirable place a better possibility.

With your limited job skills and experience you may have to settle for a job that you don't like or want but it may mean the difference between keeping a roof over your head or winding up back home with your parents, or worse... I'd like to recommend Omaha to you because the job market is stable and the economy there is actually in fairly good shape. You'll find some of what you are looking for there but just not in abundance. Mass transit is lacking though and you would have to make sure that you live and work on a bus line.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:35 AM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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I would recommend Southern NJ and commuting to Philadelphia. Of all the northeast corridor cities, the Philly area is probably the least expensive, and within the suburban orbit, Camden County NJ is probably the least expensive. There is a train, the PATCO line, that will give you reliable transit into Center City Philly.
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