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Old 04-24-2009, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Syracuse would be good. It's definitely affordable there, but also safe enough.
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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Harrisburg, PA area offers greater affordability than the Northeast Corridor and more stable employment generally than upstate NY. Much small scale variation in crime and school quality, often discussed in threads on the Pennsylvania general forum. Within 2-3 hr drive of all of DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, and Amtrak option to the latter two. A number of corporations supplement the state and state contractor jobs in the area.
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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Syracuse would be good. It's definitely affordable there, but also safe enough.
Exactly and has enough to do to keep from being bored.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I was going to say Syracuse would be perfect. Great schools, change of seasons, has tech jobs at places like Sensis, Syracuse Research Corporation, Lockheed Martin and Anaren, has a very underrated arts scene, there are things for the kids to do and more.....Check this out:


and much, much more......
Thank you so much for taking the time to post all of the links. I will definetly be looking in to that area. Thanks again.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Harrisburg, PA area offers greater affordability than the Northeast Corridor and more stable employment generally than upstate NY. Much small scale variation in crime and school quality, often discussed in threads on the Pennsylvania general forum. Within 2-3 hr drive of all of DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, and Amtrak option to the latter two. A number of corporations supplement the state and state contractor jobs in the area.
Thanks for posting. What is the weather like there? Isn't that near Hershey?
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:41 PM
 
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Thank you so much for taking the time to post all of the links. I will definetly be looking in to that area. Thanks again.
No problem. Anytime.....
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:34 AM
 
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What is the weather like there? Isn't that near Hershey?
Here's the weather summary for last year: National Weather Service Watch Warning Advisory Summary It can get both cold and hot, but rarely does snow cover last more than a week at a time. There is usually less cloud and fog and definitely less snow than areas to the north and west, and maybe a little less summer heat and humidity than DC/Philly.

It's 12 miles from the center of Hershey to the center of Harrisburg. Hershey (that is, Derry Township Derry Township... Where It’s Just Sweeter! : Derry Township PA, Hershey doesn't legally exist) is regarded as having good schools, along with the neighboring Lower Dauphin school district; and in the Harrisburg west suburbs, Camp Hill School District and Cumberland Valley School District are also commonly regarded as "good" schools.

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Old 04-27-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Pittsburgh, although jobs don't pay much here. Several years ago I met a person who worked in IT at CMU and earned $25,000 a year. That was enough for her to afford a nice home in a desirable area with better schools.
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I found a very discouraging thread on the PA board about Harrisburg.

Syracuse doesn't appear to fit our needs either.

Any other suggestions on the East Coast?
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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What city wouldn't be OK for you???

I would go with Richmond (first one that came to mind), it meets your criteria.

Also, Albuquerque was a good one, but it is the Southwest.

I know you said you don't like Texas and you gave your husband being from Houston as the reason, but Austin, TX is entirely unlike Houston and meets all your criteria other than being in Texas. In fact, the homes and real estate there are a bargain, you can have a beautiful home there for very little money, and the city is progressive and fun. Also, IT jobs are plentiful there, as Dell is HQ'ed there and many other companies do a lot of business there (I worked for AT&T and always went to Austin). San Antonio is nearby which helps (it is the HQ of AT&T now that they stole it away from Jersey thanks to the Fed. Gov't and John Zeglis).

Anyway, I digress...

Other cities that would work for you:
St. Louis
Kansas City
Cincinnati
Columbus
Buffalo
Raleigh
Philly area (but a little pricey)
Southern New Hampshire (Nashua)
Indianapolis
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