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Old 05-01-2007, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Sand Springs, OK
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We are a married couple in our early 40's with 2 middle school aged kids. Hubby is in Accounting/Finance and I work as an Exec Asst. We currently live in San Diego and desperately want out of here.
With the housing market/economy the way it is we can not afford to buy a home there. We have never bought a home before, so it's not like we can sell and live off of equity. We will be moving in the summer of 08.

I am originally from OK and still have family there. We are sports nuts and travel a lot to sporting events as a family. We love trees and rain and nature in general. Especially love the seasons. We really do not like the San Diego climate, one word sums it up-boring. I would say we are politically conservative, but socially liberal.

We have narrowed our cities to the following choices. What would your opinions be of the choices and why?

Tulsa, OK
Dallas/Fort Worth area
Raleigh, NC
Kansas City, MO
Seattle, WA

Thanks ahead of time for your input!!
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:02 PM
 
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We are a married couple in our early 40's with 2 middle school aged kids. Hubby is in Accounting/Finance and I work as an Exec Asst. We currently live in San Diego and desperately want out of here.
With the housing market/economy the way it is we can not afford to buy a home there. We have never bought a home before, so it's not like we can sell and live off of equity. We will be moving in the summer of 08.

I am originally from OK and still have family there. We are sports nuts and travel a lot to sporting events as a family. We love trees and rain and nature in general. Especially love the seasons. We really do not like the San Diego climate, one word sums it up-boring. I would say we are politically conservative, but socially liberal.

We have narrowed our cities to the following choices. What would your opinions be of the choices and why?

Tulsa, OK
Dallas/Fort Worth area
Raleigh, NC
Kansas City, MO
Seattle, WA

Thanks ahead of time for your input!!
You might very well be the very first person I have ever heard not love San Diego's climate. I love my hometown of Chicago (the epitome of four clearly defined seasons), but I've always said that if we could just pick the place up and move it to San Diego's location, it would be perfect on every level. San Diego is probably the only city that I'd be willing to move to from Chicago if only because of the never-changing weather. I guess the grass is always greener elsewhere. Anyway, judging by your indication that you like trees, nature and rain, I'd pick Seattle out of that group.
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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Seattle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Sand Springs, OK
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Thanks Frank!

I get that response a lot. But I come from the land of tornadoes and ice storms and humidity. There is too much desert here and palm trees. It is also quite comical when it starts to drizzle and they announce storm watch 2007, like it's a major weather event.
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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Out of those choices, I'd pick Seattle as well.
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I have no idea what's right for you. I would recommend KCMO, but I'm relocating there this summer, so I'm biased. I like it there because it seems like you get the best of all options: city, suburbs, and country living...all 4 seasons...steady economy...schools are not great but not terrible (some suburban schools seem quite good)...a good match overall for my tastes, and my husbands. We seriously considered Raleigh but the growth there is astronomical. We were afraid we'd end up lost in some giant suburbia, which is exactly what we're trying to get away from here in New Jersey. However, there is a lot of good things to be said about Raleigh (reasonable cost of living, strong economy, good schools, etc.). If you need multiple seasons, Raleigh will have it...Texas and Seattle will not. Also my husband is a huge sports fan and he was against Raleigh from the start because there are no local baseball or football major league teams. Now we will be Royals and Chiefs fans.
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I'd go for Tulsa in your case because you have family in OK. Also, Tulsa (from what people tell me) has been really booming lately and has a thriving music scene and home-grown CULTURE (imagine, in TULSA!) Plus it's got very exciting weather, as you surely know. In fact right now I'm in Austin, TX and there's a severe thunderstorm booming all around. Strobe lights, heavy rain, loud thunder, it's wonderful. I find California weather treacherously boring and it's too dry, so to I completely understand what you're saying.

The reason I wouldn't pick Dallas is my personal bias. I HATE Dallas. If you like it then ignore my opinion.
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Old 05-02-2007, 08:55 PM
 
Location: The Bay State
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Originally Posted by seahawksweetie View Post
We currently live in San Diego and desperately want out of here.
With the housing market/economy the way it is we can not afford to buy a home there.
We have narrowed our cities to the following choices. What would your opinions be of the choices and why?

Tulsa, OK
Dallas/Fort Worth area
Raleigh, NC
Kansas City, MO
Seattle, WA

Thanks ahead of time for your input!!

Although it saddens me to say this (since it would hands down be my first pick), if you can't afford San Diego, you probably can't afford Seattle either. Any of the others would be much more manageable financially.
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Old 05-02-2007, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I'd say it'd be a toss-up between Seattle and Dallas. Neither has 4 defined seasons however it isn't a continous season like San Diego.

Dallas has a HUGE financial sector which should make finding employment in the finance field fairly simple. It should also be fairly easy finding a job as an executive assistant. The real estate is also MUCH more affordable than Seattle. DFW would also win in the sports area.

Seattle has more of a city-like feel than Dallas. Seattle is more urban while Dallas is more suburban. Seattle is more liberal while Dallas is more conservative.

I'd say that Dallas would be a pretty good match.
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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Opinion follows:

1. Apply for jobs in cities on your list.
2. Get a jobs in a new city from your list.
3. Move there.

I can't imagine limiting yourself to one city and forcing the employment issue.
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