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Old 01-05-2010, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Everywhere
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I am wanting to relocate to somewhere in the U.S. and hoping to find something that at least fulfills SOME of my ridiculous requirements:

*HOT or WARM summers (at least 80 degrees in the hottest months, over 100 degrees is fine) - humid, mild or dry, doesn't matter.

*Mild winters with absolutely NO SNOW (at least not enough to cover the roads), and minimal amounts of ICE...I'd love to live somewhere where temps stay ABOVE FREEZING every day of the year!

*Friendly people, but not overly liberal (I thoroughly dislike San Francisco, Seattle and Portland). Though I love rednecks and hippies alike!

*The less RAIN, the better (some rain is fine, I am also OK with no rain at all)

*Decent economy, need to be able to find a job rather quickly (Yes, NOW)!

*SMALL TOWNS are better than BIG CITIES, but I don't mind working in a big city and commuting to a nice suburb. I am absolutely NOT into "urban" living and would like to rent a place "out in the country" where there is wildlife or livestock.

*LOW CRIME

*Not on the East Coast

*Relatively safe in regards to natural disasters (don't want to live near Mountains/active volcanoes)

*Grocery stores that sell Organic food (trust me, I have lived in places where you can't find a natural grocery store within 400 miles)


I know I am sounding ridiculously picky, but I am definitely willing to sacrifice many of these...just hoping for some ideas!



I know there aren't many jobs right now so that might end up being the deciding factor. I need a job ASAP!

Oh, the life of a wandering college grad...
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:37 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I'd be tempted to think somewhere in the Southwest, but I think much of their economy is poor right now and they tend to have high crime rates. Although New Mexico's economy is still okay and even though it's a "blue state" I think much of it is pretty moderate to conservative. Ruidoso is a small/smaller town in a fairly conservative New Mexican county. Its crime and unemployment rates look okay.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Ruidoso-New-Mexico.html

However it apparently does get some snow and is currently below freezing, hmm.
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:48 AM
 
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Well despite the fact that I hate where I live it sounds perfect for you lol. I'm looking to relocate a lot due to the weather. I live in Bullhead City, Az. It is a city of about 35k I think. About 20 miles away is a city called Mohave Valley that sounds about perfect. It is more of a country setting. Depending which part you live in it is about 5-15 mins from Needles, Ca., 10-20 mins from Bullhead City, Az., 15-30 mins from Laughlin, Nv., like a little over an hour to Lake Havasu City, Az., and 1 hr 45 mins to Las Vegas, Nv. Jobs aren't too bad here especially if you're willing to work at a casino. Summers range 90-130 degrees and is dry. Winters have NO snow and pretty much don't get much lower than about 30 degrees and thats only at like 4am. Just yesterday I was wearing a tank top outside lol. In the last year I'd say we have had 1 actual rainfall and 3 or 4 sprinkles. From what I know crime is low in Mohave Valley, I never hear of too much happening out there. The schools in M.V. are better than BHC. There are NO natural disasters. Every couple years we might feel a light after shock of a Ca. earthquake but you usually don't even notice. I'm pretty sure there is a health food store in Mohave and maybe Needles. I know there use to be a fresh fruit stand and fresh jerky stand in Mohave but not sure if those are still there, it's been awhile since I've been out there during operation times.

What type of job are you looking for? Maybe then I can be of more help in that area of whether or not that type of job is available here alot. Hope all this helps and good luck!
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Everywhere
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Almost any full time job would do at this point. I am certainly not picky anymore these days, just looking for a stable job that a twenty-something year old female can handle. I have sales, customer service, and animal-related work experience...that's about it! Nothing too specific yet, primarily because my goal is (or was) to own my own business someday (might not work out anymore with this economy). Saving money was my plan, but so far I can barely afford to live up here in Alaska (food and rent are WAY too expensive).

My hometown is drowning in unemployment so for now I cannot return, there are literally ZERO jobs there. I love the Southwest, but am concerned that if I just pick up and move I wont be able to find a job immediately. But I am a confident, intelligent young lady with a college degree - hopefully that will help! One setback to the SW is it seems like a harsh environment to raise livestock, and I would love to at least be able to have a horse and a couple other critters.

Starr2be - Do you know anyone in the Mohave Valley area who owns livestock?
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Probably any town in southern Nevada or southern Arizona.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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You may actually like Saint Louis.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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OKLAHOMA! Where the wind comes sweeping through the plaaaaaains!

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Old 01-05-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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Clearly, you should start looking at Arizona. One of the suburbs of Phoenix, or Tucson, perhaps? Both of these are fairly big, sprawling cities, though. Sierra Vista, AZ is a pretty nice smaller town, with a fair number of national security-type jobs there. It is in the mountains with cooler summers than Phoenix, but it's so far south that snow is quite rare there.

Outside of Arizona, clearly most of southern California would qualify, but I doubt you'd like the developed coastal areas and the inland rural areas, like the Imperial Valley, are desperately poor and have no jobs outside of agriculture. Southern Nevada (basically Las Vegas area), would work climate-wise, but you don't have to get far from Las Vegas and the climate will get less favorable, and I'm not sure you'll like Las Vegas much. St. George, Utah has a nice climate, and is a small town, but it does get a bit of snow and colder temps there. Most of New Mexico is too cold for you, the main exception being Las Cruces and nearby towns. This is more of a truly small city, though its climate is cooler than Arizona, and jobs may be an issue in Las Cruces.

So, I'd look at Southern Arizona, and in neighboring states consider St George, UT and Las Cruces, NM. The latter two are more retirement havens and may not have a lot of jobs, but then again retirees do need services too.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:17 AM
 
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Originally Posted by ak.nessa View Post
Almost any full time job would do at this point. I am certainly not picky anymore these days, just looking for a stable job that a twenty-something year old female can handle. I have sales, customer service, and animal-related work experience...that's about it! Nothing too specific yet, primarily because my goal is (or was) to own my own business someday (might not work out anymore with this economy). Saving money was my plan, but so far I can barely afford to live up here in Alaska (food and rent are WAY too expensive).

My hometown is drowning in unemployment so for now I cannot return, there are literally ZERO jobs there. I love the Southwest, but am concerned that if I just pick up and move I wont be able to find a job immediately. But I am a confident, intelligent young lady with a college degree - hopefully that will help! One setback to the SW is it seems like a harsh environment to raise livestock, and I would love to at least be able to have a horse and a couple other critters.

Starr2be - Do you know anyone in the Mohave Valley area who owns livestock?
Customer service experience is very good around here. You could easily get a job at one of the casinos I'm sure. My husband was working at the Ricerside Resort at the Player's Club and made $8.25 an hr. someone told me the Aquarius casino highers the same position at $9 or $9.50. I believe the Tropicana also hires around $9. The Avi casino is closer to Mohave Valley and usually pay pretty good as well. Also, if you're good on the phone than a reservation clerk would be good to apply for. Also, a cocktail waitress, server/waitress, or hostess. Those seem to be things that the casinos always hire for. I'm pretty sure the only one that usually requires any experience is the server/waitress. Needles also might have jobs available.

Lots of people have livestock in Mohave. Sometimes you even see people riding down the sidewalk on horses. One lady I know particularly has horses, and I believe pigs, chickens, and goats. Horses are a pretty popular thing in Mohave. I know 6 months ago there was a 4bd 2 ba horse property for rent for $800/mo. which is really good for a 4bd. But, if you are single I'm sure you can find cheaper. From what I have been told horse feed is actually a little cheaper out there compared to alot of places in Az. Oatman is also close by and they have horses there and there's tons of wild donkey's too that people go out there to hand feed.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:20 AM
 
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