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Unread 02-01-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Originally Posted by CHICAGOLAND92 View Post
It's funny you mention this, because I was going to say "you get what you pay for" in my last post. Indiana is definitely cheaper than Illinois and a lot of other states, but Indiana does not offer as many amenities.
Let's take Chicago out of the equation because that can skew things a bit for Illinois. What do the taxpayers of IL and other states pay for and receive that we in Indiana don't?
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Unread 02-01-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Default One point of data

I'll be a point of data for your study. I grew up in Indiana, went to public school here, got a good technical degree from a state college here, and immediately left the state.

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I really would like for someone to really study the brain drain folks. Where did they move to?
Los Angeles, California.
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Why?
High-Tech Job.
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What is their income to debt load?
Started with approx 0 debt and 0 savings.
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Were they able to save anything for a rainy day?
Saved about $200,000 in 5 years. Never had personal debt. Could've saved more but for buying a car, nice clothes, maybe spending a bit too much on partying and entertainment, vacations to Hawaii, overseas, etc. Oh, and I didn't concentrate on getting promoted or angling for pay raises, so I was paid less than my peers. Also, I didn't try to buy a house as the market was clearly overheated (2003-2008).
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Indiana will never, ever compare to some places, where folks want to be two hours drive to the mountains. However, I think Indiana's cheaper costs of living can be offset by allowing folks the disposable income to take weekend trips to almost anywhere: Lakes, oceans, and mountains.
Do you mean from places near the ocean or mountains? You certainly can't get to oceans or mountains from Indiana without spending most of a day driving or flying. Lake Michigan or Chicago are my two major weekend destinations here. Friends go camping in southern Indiana.

One of the things I never understood, growing up in Indiana, was; if folks like the mountains, ocean, or warm temperatures so much, why not just live there? So, when it came, I jumped at the chance to go live somewhere folks in the Midwest go on vacation.

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It would be interesting to track the brain drain in this new economy.
I came back for an advanced degree. I'm about to finish up school here in Indiana again, and I plan to do the exact same thing; move back to California, or maybe the east coast. This time I'll be raising a family. Just with my day job, I can make about 20-50% more, plus there are a lot of opportunities to start side-businesses, get head-hunted by consulting firms, etc. in the centers of commerce like LA, NYC, SD, SF, BOS, etc. Also, it's easier for my spouse to find part-time work she can do from home with the occasional meeting, so she can stay home and take care of the kids without going crazy or having to totally give up on her career.

When I was young and unattached, the primary drivers to leave Indiana were the job opportunities and the interesting geography/experiences of living on the coasts.

Now that we're starting a family, the primary reasons are the economic opportunities (though the fun stuff to do and better weather are still big factors).
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Unread 02-04-2011, 11:59 PM
 
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[quote=fallingwater;12332260]I know we got off the original thread with all the bad teacher talk. But I do have a serious question in regards to not liking Indiana. I have been here a while now, still adjusting, still finding my place etc. But one thing that is driving me nuts and not sure if its just a South Bend thing or not, but are people in Indiana paranoid?



Goodness, I live in Milan, IN and I have never experienced such stuff! We don't have much crime, but people are curious about new people and once they see they are friendly and open up, most people from here open up right back. I can understand why you are surprised at that behavior! If you like Indiana otherwise, I'd advise checking out places that don't have such a high crime rate...smaller towns and such, for more friendly behavior.


Cara
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Unread 02-05-2011, 05:35 AM
 
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One of the things I never understood, growing up in Indiana, was; if folks like the mountains, ocean, or warm temperatures so much, why not just live there? So, when it came, I jumped at the chance to go live somewhere folks in the Midwest go on vacation.
Not everyone can just up and move and make money like you did. You are different if you got a job paying enough to allow you to save almost a quarter mil, on top of being able to party, go on costly vacations, etc.. You are also different in that you avoid spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on ridiculous home prices. It has only been recently that the US savings rate actually was positive. For decades, we have been a debt slave nation. No one cared about paying for 30 years on a home, because it was magically supposed to increase in value 10% a year. So folks got lucky and sold at the high point, others not so lucky.

Anyways, the areas were I live have minimal job offerings. The cheapest public school where I could get a four year degree in something costs $250ish/credit hour now (compared to about $100 back in the late 90s). Also, lab fees and textbooks are also pricey. Not only that, it wasn't until the housing bubble collapsed that housing actually is now somewhat affordable in the areas I wouldn't mind living in. A lot of folks in your shoes were able to cash out and go and live in these places, and they didn't care if they paid $100K more than they should for a home, because the same home were some of them came from went for $800K, and they were spending just $250K, maybe a little more.

There are many factors which come into play, some of them self-imposed, others that other people may not be so lucky to have.
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Unread 02-12-2011, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Seatte, WA
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One thing that bothers me more than anything about Indiana is the insane amount of homophobia, racism, and general bigotry. There is not a day that goes by that I have to hear that crap, and I can't wait to get out of here.
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Unread 02-12-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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One thing that bothers me more than anything about Indiana is the insane amount of homophobia, racism, and general bigotry. There is not a day that goes by that I have to hear that crap, and I can't wait to get out of here.
So you can just go hear it somewhere else??
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Unread 02-12-2011, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Seatte, WA
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So you can just go hear it somewhere else??
I have lived in quite a few states, and it has been my experience that people tend to take it to the extreme here.
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Unread 02-12-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: 46201
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I have lived in quite a few states, and it has been my experience that people tend to take it to the extreme here.
I have lived in a few states as well, and I have found that I disagree with your assessment.
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Unread 02-12-2011, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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I have lived in a few states as well, and I have found that I disagree with your assessment.
Ditto.
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Unread 02-15-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Westport, Kansas City, MO
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One thing that bothers me more than anything about Indiana is the insane amount of homophobia, racism, and general bigotry. There is not a day that goes by that I have to hear that crap, and I can't wait to get out of here.
That's interesting that we had such different experiences. Not that I never heard it in Indiana, but I can only recall a handful of occasions during my many years of residence in that state where I've seen or heard explicit bigotry. Where I'm from all of that stuff still existed, but it seemed much more subtle if it existed at all.
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