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Old 10-24-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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Where's your metro? Mine was actually ranked 27th: Forty Strongest U.S. Metro Economies: Employment and Economic Muscle - BusinessWeek
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Old 10-24-2009, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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Some of those were real surprises! But what is not surprising is that neither my home, or my home away from home made the list.

Buffalo? Scranton? Wow. That's good though. Just really surprising.
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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Let's go

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

Overall rank: 17

Job growth (since peak) rank: 16
Gross Metro Product (since peak) rank: 6
Unemployment change (year over year) rank: 36
Home price change (year over year) rank: 57
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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What most of these places have in common is the fact they are not "sexy" and likely elicit the "no way I would live THERE!" reaction from folks in NYC, Chicago, SF, LA.

Humility breeds quiet competence and minimizes the BS factor (which probably was at least a partial cause of the recent past real estate froth in the "sexy" locations).

On a more personal note, three of the places we are looking at for eventual "retirement" relo - Augusta, Columbia and DC/ NoVA, are in here. All these have in common the fact they are on the Fall Line. Perhaps things have come full circle - the initial "hot" places from the 1700s and early 1800s at the inland limits of tidal navigation are again in the spot light.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Mine was #5 (Dallas-Fort Worth).

I was also not surprised to see Oklahoma City up there. Great economy up there.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:39 PM
 
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Mine was #5 (Dallas-Fort Worth).
I came within a hair's breadth of relo'ing there a bit more than 20 years ago. Mind you, this was back when CA was in its heyday. I often wonder how my life trajectory might have been had I gone for it.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:46 PM
 
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#3, Oklahoma City. Actually the town on the west side of OKC. I can go a block and be in OKC.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I came within a hair's breadth of relo'ing there a bit more than 20 years ago. Mind you, this was back when CA was in its heyday. I often wonder how my life trajectory might have been had I gone for it.
Initally I moved out of LA because I was forced out. LA has an awful economy and my entire department was laid off. But Im very happy Im here and I believe my future is brighter here than it would have been in LA.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Funky Town, Texas
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Initally I moved out of LA because I was forced out. LA has an awful economy and my entire department was laid off. But Im very happy Im here and I believe my future is brighter here than it would have been in LA.
Spoken like a true North Texan
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It seems that Texas overall has quite a strong economy. Also parts of NY and CT. No CA? Big surprise there.
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