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Old 02-26-2018, 03:58 PM
 
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I currently live on Long Island. I plan on moving within the next year or so. Iíve been looking at several places/States, Maryland being one of them. Iím in my late twenties, and Iíll be moving on my own. Iíd want a place with affordable apartments. Iím also looking for an area in/by the mountains, somewhere with beautiful scenery. Iíd like an open area to live in, but thatís also fairly close (20-30 minutes) to a city that has everything (supermarket, stores, etc). However, if the city isnít too crowded, I wouldnít mind living there, rather than 20 minutes away. Iíd like a place with a lot of friendly, welcoming people. Since Iím moving alone, Iíd like an area where there are places/activities where I can meet people (Iím not talking about the bars). An area with low crime is a must, and an area where I can do a lot of outdoor activities is a plus! I work as a lab technician and plan on staying in that field of work, with the possibility of moving up to a chemist. Of course Iím going to wait for a job opportunity before I pick up and move. I just want to know where I should look first based on my preferences. Any and all recommended places/advice would be great. Thanks!
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Old 02-26-2018, 04:25 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I’m in my late twenties, I work as a lab technician and plan on staying in that field of work,
with the possibility of moving up to a chemist....where I should look first
You look a) where they are most likely to hire a young lab tech and
b) where you would want to live. Strike the work:time off balance somehow.

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Of course I’m going to wait for a job opportunity before I pick up and move.
There's really nothing "of course" about that. Absent some unique competence or experience
that would make you the clear choice in something... it's a rare hiring manager
that will choose to hire anyone who isn't already in that area.

That means you pick a likely then go there and get something to pay the rent with.
Once in/near Baltimore or DC (or Atlanta or St Louis) you apply to the hospitals and labs in that area.

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...and I’ll be moving on my own.
Wherever you go plan to SHARE something with another 20something once there.
Anywhere you'll want to live will need the $$ help of a roomie.

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affordable mountains scenery isn’t too crowded supermarket, stores
places/activities low crime outdoor activities

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Old 02-26-2018, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Frederick County, MD would be your best bet in terms of mountain views, outdoor activity, decent sized city (Frederick city) and access to jobs.
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Frederick County, MD would be your best bet in terms of mountain views, outdoor activity, decent sized city (Frederick city) and access to jobs.
Yeah this was the clear answer IMO. I guess it comes down to the OP looking for a real city such as DC, Baltimore and understands Frederick is a mid sized town. But it's great.
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Old 02-27-2018, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Leesburg, Va is another area that might fit the bill but, as you say, the job will probably be the determining factor. Parts of the D.C. Metro area have been rated at 2nd worst traffic congestion in the nation after L.A., so ask about a specific area.

If you're an outdoor type and like your firearms, forget Maryland. Yes, you can own various firearms but there are many complicated restrictions and concealed carry is next to impossible.
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:27 PM
 
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With Ft Detrick, Medimune and a few similar employers Frederick seems like a good match. But find a job first then figure where to live
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