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Old 04-11-2009, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Could some of you please stop fighting over this poor man in a never-ending tug-of-war game? This decision is ultimately his to make. If he chooses Long Island, then Rachael shouldn't be beating her chest. Likewise for JMT if he decides on Chattanooga, Tennessee. The United States is a very massive and beautiful nation, and no matter where he settles down he and his better half sound like the types I'd personally like to have as fellow citizens!

ckhthankgod recommended Syracuse, and it fits all of your criteria except for the climate issue as winters in Central Upstate New York are especially brutal. I believe either Syracuse, NY, Rome, NY, or Marquette, Michigan are tied for being the snowiest city, on average, in the Continental U.S. Winter wind chills can be brutal here in interior Pennsylvania, so I would only presume that, on average, temperatures are going to be five degrees cooler in Syracuse (See, she was spot-on otherwise, but this is what she didn't tell you!) LOL! If you can stomach frigid winters that typically range from mid-November through early-April, then Syracuse is a good fit.

Otherwise one place I would recommend would be Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is situated not far north of Boston for flights in and out of Logan International Airport, and I know the North Shore area of Massachusetts (not far south of Portsmouth, New Hampshire) has a relatively large concentration of Irish-Americans. You'd be right on the Atlantic, and even though you'd be further northeast than Syracuse the winters are easier to stomach because usually the warmer air blowing off the ocean keeps temperatures just warm enough for a rain/snow mix in many storms in Portsmouth whereas the interior location of Syracuse makes it favorable for colder air and snow. I believe member Verseau posted some gorgeous photos on this forum at one point of Portsmouth, and I'll check later to see if I can find them for you. People in Northern New England seem to "keep to themselves," but by and large many Americans are also awestruck by people with accents and should welcome you with open arms.

Another suggestion would be either Chattanooga, Tennessee or Rome, Georgia. Both of these locations are within your ideal 90-minute drive to Atlanta for Hartsfield International Airport. Winters are pretty moderate, although I'm pretty sure each city gets about one snow storm per season. Both are located near to the Great Smoky Mountains, and as JMT said there are plenty of larger lakes in Northern Georgia and Eastern Tennessee. Unfortunately I don't think there's large concentrations of Irish-Americans in either of these cities (JMT can once again correct me if I'm mistaken). The cost-of-living in both cities is dirt cheap. I think Rome is a college city, so it would presumably be more socially liberal than Chattanooga.

I'm also going to toot my own horn here for my hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. On a per capita basis we have the 2nd-largest annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, and approximately 1/3 of our residents are derived from Irish ancestry. We are two hours from either New York City or Philadelphia (a bit longer than your ideal 90 minutes), and we are about 2.5 hours from the New Jersey shoreline. We're in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, and Lake Wallenpaupack would most certainly fit your water recreational needs. Once again the climate may be a deal-breaker because while we're milder than Syracuse, New York we're also still chillier, on average, than NYC or even Boston due to our interior location and higher elevation. When Nor'easters come charging up the coast the major cities like NYC, Boston, and the aforementioned Portsmouth, NH tend to get a sloppy snow/sleet/rain mixture while those of us about 100 miles inland get some appreciable snow fall amounts. Without a doubt we're a skier's paradise, but these winters here are just a bit TOO long for me. By next weekend we'll finally have Spring-like weather, but I don't enjoy shivering from November on through mid-April. If the winters here were two weeks shorter on each end of the season I'd be a happy camper.

In any event, best of luck to you both!
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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Could some of you please stop fighting over this poor man in a never-ending tug-of-war game? This decision is ultimately his to make. If he chooses Long Island, then Rachael shouldn't be beating her chest. Likewise for JMT if he decides on Chattanooga, Tennessee. The United States is a very massive and beautiful nation, and no matter where he settles down he and his better half sound like the types I'd personally like to have as fellow citizens!

ckhthankgod recommended Syracuse, and it fits all of your criteria except for the climate issue as winters in Central Upstate New York are especially brutal. I believe either Syracuse, NY, Rome, NY, or Marquette, Michigan are tied for being the snowiest city, on average, in the Continental U.S. Winter wind chills can be brutal here in interior Pennsylvania, so I would only presume that, on average, temperatures are going to be five degrees cooler in Syracuse (See, she was spot-on otherwise, but this is what she didn't tell you!) LOL! If you can stomach frigid winters that typically range from mid-November through early-April, then Syracuse is a good fit.

Otherwise one place I would recommend would be Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is situated not far north of Boston for flights in and out of Logan International Airport, and I know the North Shore area of Massachusetts (not far south of Portsmouth, New Hampshire) has a relatively large concentration of Irish-Americans. You'd be right on the Atlantic, and even though you'd be further northeast than Syracuse the winters are easier to stomach because usually the warmer air blowing off the ocean keeps temperatures just warm enough for a rain/snow mix in many storms in Portsmouth whereas the interior location of Syracuse makes it favorable for colder air and snow. I believe member Verseau posted some gorgeous photos on this forum at one point of Portsmouth, and I'll check later to see if I can find them for you. People in Northern New England seem to "keep to themselves," but by and large many Americans are also awestruck by people with accents and should welcome you with open arms.

Another suggestion would be either Chattanooga, Tennessee or Rome, Georgia. Both of these locations are within your ideal 90-minute drive to Atlanta for Hartsfield International Airport. Winters are pretty moderate, although I'm pretty sure each city gets about one snow storm per season. Both are located near to the Great Smoky Mountains, and as JMT said there are plenty of larger lakes in Northern Georgia and Eastern Tennessee. Unfortunately I don't think there's large concentrations of Irish-Americans in either of these cities (JMT can once again correct me if I'm mistaken). The cost-of-living in both cities is dirt cheap. I think Rome is a college city, so it would presumably be more socially liberal than Chattanooga.

I'm also going to toot my own horn here for my hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. On a per capita basis we have the 2nd-largest annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, and approximately 1/3 of our residents are derived from Irish ancestry. We are two hours from either New York City or Philadelphia (a bit longer than your ideal 90 minutes), and we are about 2.5 hours from the New Jersey shoreline. We're in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, and Lake Wallenpaupack would most certainly fit your water recreational needs. Once again the climate may be a deal-breaker because while we're milder than Syracuse, New York we're also still chillier, on average, than NYC or even Boston due to our interior location and higher elevation. When Nor'easters come charging up the coast the major cities like NYC, Boston, and the aforementioned Portsmouth, NH tend to get a sloppy snow/sleet/rain mixture while those of us about 100 miles inland get some appreciable snow fall amounts. Without a doubt we're a skier's paradise, but these winters here are just a bit TOO long for me. By next weekend we'll finally have Spring-like weather, but I don't enjoy shivering from November on through mid-April. If the winters here were two weeks shorter on each end of the season I'd be a happy camper.

In any event, best of luck to you both!
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Old 04-11-2009, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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It's a He, but I'll forgive you.
Sorry! If it's any consolation I always thought bellafinzi was a woman too, and people always assume I'm a woman. I guess we all have feminine writing styles or something! LOL!
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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Sorry! If it's any consolation I always thought bellafinzi was a woman too, and people always assume I'm a woman. I guess we all have feminine writing styles or something! LOL!
You got me there. I did think that bellafinzi was a female at one time too, until I found out otherwise.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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Syracuse is a good option, if the OP doesn't mind extra cold and snowy winters.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:56 PM
 
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Syracuse is a good option, if the OP doesn't mind extra cold and snowy winters.
That might be the only obstacle, but we know how to handle that type of weather in terms of clearance of snow and dealing with it otherwise.
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:35 AM
 
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hi all - just did a post in reply not sure if it went through cant see it! So if it did, sorry about the duplication, if not, here we go again Thank you all for the info - since I posted the original question, I have found some more info about where my target market is mainly based. In essence the idea behind me moving over for 12 months is that instead of spending 1 week in 4 over in the US, where I fly from Dub -> Ny and try and get as many meetings as I can etc I would simply be based over there for an amount of time. We have worked out the cost of return flights once a month + car rental + hotels <= the cost of apt rental to base me over there.

This is the map I'm using
category:"Pharmaceutical Products Wholesale & Mfrs" - Google Maps

What you can see is each red dot is a possible customer. While they are all over the US there is a good % from Maas -> Washington on the East coast. basically while I should base myself in NY to be in the middle of them and have 70-80% of them within a 2-3 hour drive of me, if I could explain why I didnt want to do this I should be ok. So if I wanted to be in Boston and said 20% are iwthin 1 hour , then the rest are a 3 hour drive etc and it's cheaper to be based in Boston.

So the new criteria are
- new airport (within 60 mins or so)
- near a group of those red dots (say at least 30+ within a 60 min drive)
- near an even bigger group of them (within a 2-3 hour drive of a high % of them)
- Most important - Somewhere you would be happy to live which is not too expensive!

Cheers!

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Old 04-13-2009, 06:03 AM
 
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PS - if 70-80% of the potential customers are located within 2 hours either side of NY north or south , if the choice came to base myself in the middle, where is nice around there?

Say within an hour drive north or south from Jersey City maybe?
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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Have you thought of moving to Washington, DC?
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:48 AM
 
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Maybe Hartford or New Haven in Connecticut. Possibly the Poughkeepsie area.
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