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View Poll Results: Thinking about relocating....
Portland, OR 0 0%
Seattle, WA 0 0%
Las Vegas, NV 4 80.00%
Other 1 20.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 5. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-20-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Hi everyone!
I'm new to this site so please bare with me. I currently reside in MI. My husband is originally from WA but is in NY completing culinary school at the FCI. He graduates in September and we have some options as to where we want to move to. This is where I am reaching out to all of you for your assistance.

I am ready for a break from MI. Between the depressing economy, orange barrels from all the construction, and I am also done with the winters. Nothing against MI - loved growing up here - just ready for a change for a bit.

We have two small children - 5 yrs old & 18 mths old - so we are trying to find somewhere to relocate to that would be great for them and have a great school system as well. With my husband graduating from culinary school, we are also looking for a place that has a great potential or many current opportunities for his new career. I am recently unemployed - I know, shocking becoming unemployed in MI right now - and would like to go back to school as well.

The choices we have thought about were Seattle, WA - Portland, OR - and Las Vegas, NV. And these are just the general areas, not really in the middle of that big city. I am not a fan of gloomy/cold days. I have no problem with HOT weather at all. BUT it's not just a move for me, but for us as a whole family.
Can you give me some feedback and let me know where would be the best move for me and my family?

THANKS!
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:48 PM
 
Location: central, between Pepe's Tacos and Roberto's
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You might want to post this in the Vegas specific forum. You will likely get more response.

Regarding Portland and Seattle, if you are not a fan of gloomy cold days then I would not suggest the PNW. Plenty of gloom up there. Lots of rain, lots of clouds, does get cold in the winter although doesn't hold a candle to MI I'm sure. Also, if you're husband is graduating culinary school there may be more opportunity down here in the hospitality industry. However, keep in mind that we are experiencing some economic difficulties as well, so the jobs may be somewhat limited. Cost of living is comparable, with the exception of housing which I believe is cheaper in Vegas but I'm not 100% sure. Our school system is not the best, but it is a huge school district with nice schools and bad schools. I have an 8 year old son that was born here and he could not be happier. He is a very intelligent, well adjusted young man who absolutely loves it here. Many will say that Vegas is a horrible place to raise children due to the party town image of Vegas, but I say that regardless where you are if you are a good parent you will raise a good child. Just do your research and I'm sure that you will do what is right for your family. Good luck.
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