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Old 12-13-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Can someone explain why Raleigh is listed? I've been there several times and aside from the Cameron Village area and Glennwood Avenue, it seemed like more of a place where you'd raise your kids; a more family oriented kinda city. Am I missing something?
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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Austin, Portland, New Orleans, and Seattle would be my top choices.
This was going to be my list exactly.
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Even if a city as a whole doesn't seem like a natural fit for 20-30 year olds there are areas of all major cities which would be a good fit for that age range.
this...the big cities all have that going on, as well as stuff for other age ranges... I would much prefer it over college towns, I hate college towns, even when I was in college I was over it after freshman year and found myself driving or flying elsewhere on the weekends to go out instead. Even bigger ones tend to have that scene, but then you get all the damn 18-20 year olds going there too with fake ids *puke*. Mostly the scene there is a binge drinking grind fest playing sir mix a lot ,possibly with some indie bands thrown in for good measure getting drunk off pbr and other disgusting cheap beer. You think I can hand out business cards to most of these clueless, broke and unworldly folk, or make real networking connections, or meet experienced women? Negative.
Even if they are younger in cities like NYC and Chicago or DC they tend to have a more "grown up" mind set, meet entrepreneurs and people actually doing something with their lives, etc. Not so much in the usual pegged "young city" cities.

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Old 12-13-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Houston
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this...the big cities all have that going on, as well as stuff for other age ranges... I would much prefer it over college towns, I hate college towns, even when I was in college I was over it after freshman year and found myself driving or flying elsewhere on the weekends to go out instead. Even bigger ones tend to have that scene, but then you get all the damn 18-20 year olds going there too with fake ids *puke*. Mostly the scene there is a binge drinking grind fest playing sir mix a lot ,possibly with some indie bands thrown in for good measure getting drunk off pbr and other disgusting cheap beer. You think I can hand out business cards to most of these clueless, broke and unworldly folk, or make real networking connections, or meet experienced women? Negative.
Change indie bands with country bands and you just described Lubbock (Texas Tech), San Marcus (Texas State), and College Station (Texas A&M). I decided to go to college in Houston instead of those towns so I could avoid that scene. I have to say, the student body in big city colleges seem to be much more diverse, classy, and mature than small town schools. At least, that's the way it seems in Texas. I don't know if that's true for the rest of the country.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:42 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Can someone explain why Raleigh is listed? I've been there several times and aside from the Cameron Village area and Glennwood Avenue, it seemed like more of a place where you'd raise your kids; a more family oriented kinda city. Am I missing something?
Maybe it's for 20 somethings who are married with kids. I wouldn't think that would be all that strange. If you're going to have kids I think it makes sense, biologically, to at least have one of them before age 30.

In North Carolina the median age at first marriage is 26 for women and 27 for men. There only looks to be four states where "age at first marriage" is above thirty. So a married 28-year-old with a new baby is maybe the 20 something they'd have. Or not, just thinking.

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Old 12-13-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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Change indie bands with country bands and you just described Lubbock (Texas Tech)
No, not really. Not at all actually.
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Maybe it's for 20 somethings who are married with kids. I wouldn't think that would be all that strange. If you're going to have kids I think it makes sense, biologically, to at least have one of them before age 30.

In North Carolina the median age at first marriage is 26 for women and 27 for men. There only looks to be four states where "age at first marriage" is above thirty. So a married 28-year-old with a new baby is maybe the 20 something they'd have. Or not, just thinking.

Interactive Map - The States of Marriage and Divorce - Pew Social & Demographic Trends
That makes sense.
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Can someone explain why Raleigh is listed? I've been there several times and aside from the Cameron Village area and Glennwood Avenue, it seemed like more of a place where you'd raise your kids; a more family oriented kinda city. Am I missing something?
It's just very well-rounded. I'm speaking of the entire Research Triangle though. I mean, Chapel Hill/Carrboro works for your college crowd, arts and music scene, vibrant atmosphere, etc. Then Raleigh/Durham is nice for your city needs and amenities. And of course bedroom communities like Cary are perfect for the whole "safe suburban life" thing for when you get older and want a family. It has a little bit of everything within that stretch to tide you over through each of the different stages that occur between 20-40.
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