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Old 03-19-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Home!
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HI, I am considering relocating to Vegas, want to excape high cost of living here in So Cal, and just need a fresh, new start. I am an RN, single mom, with one last teenager to finish raising, and it looks like the job market for RN's is fantastic. So much to choose from. But having been to Vegas a few times, am not really impressed, just seems to be a hot, smoggy city with little to no natural beauty, no mountains, streams, forests, nearby, just hot desert. Also, what are the working conditions for RN's here, is there a fair nurse-to-patient ratio, like there is in CA? People say there is so much to do, here, but how family friendly? Are there bike trails? Good high schools? I heard there was a teacher shortage, and I know that crime rates are high. But could the positives outweigh the negatives? Can anyone sell me on relocating to Vegas?
I am shocked when you say you have visited and there are "no mountains". That I don't get. What are those things that surround the valley? Foothills? I am not being sarcastic, I ask because my mom lived in CA and she called her (what I refer to)mountains, foothills. Maybe you are used to bigger mountains? I am from MI and MI is pretty flat, so those definitely qualify as mountains to me. Especially when I went to Mt. Charleston and my ears were popping out of my head on the way up and down. I guess it also depends on what you consider "nearby" too.

That said, you can find all the things you asked for in Vegas. How many years does you son have to go in HS? Do you need to stay close to CA? If not, you may consider other areas that offer the greenery and water that you desire. I am sure some areas are better in the RN needs dept, but overall, it is probably one of the better fields to be in for employability these days.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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There are areas of Las Vegas that are gorgeous. I've seen Laguna Beach, San Diego and the L.A. area and was not as impressed. Perhaps you have only stayed around the Strip and never seen Mt. Charleston or the areas around Hoover Dam. I personally could never imagine relocating to Ca. with it's liberalism, high taxes, overpriced housing, heavy border crossing population, gangs and an almost bankrupt government. To me it's a no brainer.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Here and there, you decide.
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smoggy? as compared to what Los Angeles? No natural beauty? Mount Charleston, Red Rock, Valley of Fire... You've already said how you feel, so why even consider vegas...
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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You may want to re-read your own post. I agree that it sounds like you have already decided that the area is not for you. It would be ashame for you to endure the challenges of a relocation just to find that you miss 'home'.
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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It all depends where you live, but in Henderson...Anthem Hills...there are many large parks where they are extremely family orientated...many times I have driven past them even at 10 at night and theres still familys out playing, people with there dogs at the dog park, a bunch of people playing basketball, people walking or running at all times of the day. I jogg the trails that running threw the different neighborhoods and its beautiful scenery and very peaceful to me and I feel safe. I guess it all depends on what you think is beautiful. Theres nothing more beautiful than driving down from Anthem at night and seeing that view of the city! And on crime...crime is everywhere!
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:52 AM
 
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I have relocated to las vegas and I love it. There are alot of activities for the children, I myself have a 5year old and a 13 year old. They have really great private schools, however a bit costly, but you get what you pay for. I am a Lvn finishing my Rn, there are a ton of jobs out there. Also there are no state income tax. So you can have your cake and eat it to. The houses are huge affordable and gorgeous.
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:24 AM
 
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I bought a condo for 26 cents on the Dollar a couple of months ago. The mountain scenery is outstanding. Summerlin has about the best sidewalk/trails that I have ever seen. Litter is under control. The store clerks and other service people are above average niceness. Job market is crappy, but will come back (interview for me, next week). It all seems doable to me. I don't think that I would plop down a thousand a month for rent, though.
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Well, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yeah, the mountains around LV aren't lush and tree laden like the Cascades or Rockies or even the Sierra Madres but they are beautiful. I live in WV right now (originally from SoCal) and although the Appalachians are lush and tree laden they're not like mountains in the west. They seem more like hills and valleys. So when I look at pictures from out in LV those stark, arid mountains in the background always look so good to me. Especially as a backdrop to palm trees and swimming pools.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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There are areas of Las Vegas that are gorgeous. I've seen Laguna Beach, San Diego and the L.A. area and was not as impressed. Perhaps you have only stayed around the Strip and never seen Mt. Charleston or the areas around Hoover Dam. I personally could never imagine relocating to Ca. with it's liberalism, high taxes, overpriced housing, heavy border crossing population, gangs and an almost bankrupt government. To me it's a no brainer.
Amen! You couldn't pay me to live in California
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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Vegas is so beautiful. There is a thread somewhere that has a ton of pictures. If you are the type to "grow where you are planted" You will thrive anywhere right?
Part of the reason people want to move here is to get away but you will face the problems you have where ever you land.
Being a single mom and moving without a job lined up would be very irresponsible and I would never do that.
Good Luck
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