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Old 06-12-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Nova
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We've been living in Washington DC and the Northern Virginia suburbs and really like it a lot. However, we hate the cost of living here and are exploring other areas.

Can anyone recommend a great city that is diverse, has a lower cost of living than DC, EXCELLENT schools and a low unemployment rate? We'd ideally not like to go pass the Mississippi river to the West and stay above South Carolina.

We don't care about terrain or recreational activities, or if there are a lot of museums, etc... we do like fine dining and festivals/events.

Anyone really like an area and can recommend a new city?

Thanks! :-)
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:00 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Chicago may be one such place you want to consider. It has all your prerequisites, except maybe cost of living.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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Maybe the Syracuse NY area. I would say the only things that might keep you from coming is that the City SD is suspect and jobs depend on your skill set. Besides that, it fits, especially the part about dining, festivals and affordability. Syracuse itself is pretty diverse too. You would probably be perfect for the East side of the city by Syracuse University and LeMoyne College or the eastern suburb of DeWitt.

Some other areas you might like in NY are Buffalo, Rochester, Albany/Capital District and Ithaca.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Nova
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Interesting... I love Chicago but it's too far from the East and the cost of living is still too high. I went to school in Syracuse and really like it, but my husband would not tolerate the winters there.

Thanks.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Omaha has everything you want, however it is past the Mississippi which you didn't want, how about Charlotte, NC then?
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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Originally Posted by liloulou View Post
We've been living in Washington DC and the Northern Virginia suburbs and really like it a lot. However, we hate the cost of living here and are exploring other areas.

Can anyone recommend a great city that is diverse, has a lower cost of living than DC, EXCELLENT schools and a low unemployment rate? We'd ideally not like to go pass the Mississippi river to the West and stay above South Carolina.

We don't care about terrain or recreational activities, or if there are a lot of museums, etc... we do like fine dining and festivals/events.

Anyone really like an area and can recommend a new city?

Thanks! :-)
Check out Madison, Wisconsin
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Nova
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Go Ne- Yeah, what about Charlotte, NC? I know nothing of that area? Can you tell me what it's like there?
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:56 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Louisville and Cincinnati would meet your needs, but they also rank in the bottom third of metro areas for unemployment rate (both around 9%)
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Scratch Charlotte, I just found out it has unemployment around 9 % too, sorry. The only places I can think of that are still hiring are midwestern/plains cities, (Des Moines, Omaha, Sioux Falls etc.) all of which have unemployment rates under 5%, take look at this link, it might help
Unemployment Rates for Metropolitan Areas
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Old 06-15-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Nova
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Go Ne- Despite the unemployment rate in Charlotte, do you know the city? What's it like?
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