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Old 04-08-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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I'm trying to decide whether to move to DC or Atlanta. If I moved to DC, I would most likely end up living in NOVA, probably in the Reston area. If I moved to Atlanta, I'd be in the Dunwoody area. I've been weighing the pros and cons of each city and need help deciding.

DC:

Pros:
- Lots of IT jobs
- Lots of culture
- Close to family
- Nice summers, except for the humidity
- More cultured and educated population

Cons:
- HIGH cost of living
- Horrible traffic
- Unfriendly people
- Most IT jobs require security clearance
- Competitive atmosphere
- Humid summers and occasional snow (this past winter was abnormal)

Atlanta:

Pros:
- Low cost of living
- Southern hospitality
- Lots of big employers

Cons:
- Not as many IT jobs as DC
- Horrible traffic
- Brutally hot, humid summers
- More rain
- Farther from family
- Surrounded by Georgia

So if you were a single 30something Type B person who doesn't have kids, works in IT, and would prefer to be close to family, which would you recommend? I'm having a really hard time because even though DC seems like it would be better for my career, the cost of living there TERRIFIES me and I'm not sure my salary would make up for it.

Here's the other wrinkle. My job will be ending soon. While it would be ideal to have a job lined up before moving, I doubt I'll be able to land one in time. Since I'll have to look for a new job no matter where I go or I stay in my current location, I figure I might as well move to the city I want to live in. That way, I can at least have a local address to put on my resume.

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Old 04-08-2010, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Hi Denny! I'm glad you're still thinking of us. Sorry, I don't know much about Atlanta so I can't help you make a comparison. Just thought I'd say hello, because I enjoy seeing you again on this forum.

BTW, for what it's worth I've always thought the people here are very friendly. Maybe it just depends on which neighborhood you choose.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:35 PM
 
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Hi Denny! I'm glad you're still thinking of us. Sorry, I don't know much about Atlanta so I can't help you make a comparison. Just thought I'd say hello, because I enjoy seeing you again on this forum.

BTW, for what it's worth I've always thought the people here are very friendly. Maybe it just depends on which neighborhood you choose.
Thanks. Are people friendlier in Maryland? Honestly, if it weren't for the cost of living, I probably wouldn't be even considering Atlanta. But no matter how much you pad, things always end up being more expensive than you think. I just don't want to move to DC and find myself drowning and unable to set aside any savings.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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So if you were a single 30something Type B person who doesn't have kids, works in IT, and would prefer to be close to family, which would you recommend? I'm having a really hard time because even though DC seems like it would be better for my career, the cost of living there TERRIFIES me and I'm not sure my salary would make up for it.
That bold statement fits me to the "T". I'm turning 30 this year and have decided the NOVA area is where I'm setting my roots. My family is in this area too, and I'd miss them terribly if I moved away. I've been doing IT work since 1999 and never had an issue finding work in this area. Yes the cost of living is high, but the opportunities for advancement I feel outweigh it. Get a roommate is the best advice if you want to save housing costs.

I figure if you can make it in the DC Metro area, anywhere else you move to will be easier in comparison
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Thanks. Are people friendlier in Maryland? Honestly, if it weren't for the cost of living, I probably wouldn't be even considering Atlanta. But no matter how much you pad, things always end up being more expensive than you think. I just don't want to move to DC and find myself drowning and unable to set aside any savings.
Well, you've got a good point there. I've heard Atlanta is much less expensive. As far as MD goes, in many ways it's about the same as VA. Personally, the people I've met there seem to be a little more aggressive, and a little more likely to give you the cold shoulder. They seem angrier. Or maybe it's just that they're minding their own business and less likely to say hello. The thing is, I don't want to condemn the whole population based on a handful of people I've met. That may just have been my experience.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I really can't tell a difference between Maryland and Virginia (at least the fairly affluent suburbs around DC). I know people claim the states are light years apart, but I see far more similarities than differences. If you'd be happy on the VA side of the MD/VA border, you'll be happy on the MD side too. And if you don't like VA, then I doubt MD's going to feel different enough to sway you.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I really can't tell a difference between Maryland and Virginia (at least the fairly affluent suburbs around DC). I know people claim the states are light years apart, but I see far more similarities than differences. If you'd be happy on the VA side of the MD/VA border, you'll be happy on the MD side too. And if you don't like VA, then I doubt MD's going to feel different enough to sway you.
Yes, I agree.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I lived in Atlanta for 20 years (1982-2002) before moving to NOVA (Reston). Though I like it here I really liked Atlanta too. The cost of living difference is substantial! The "brutally hot, humid summers" in Atlanta far surpass any weather issues that DC may have. DC traffic is MUCH worse than anything that Atlanta can dish up.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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That bold statement fits me to the "T". I'm turning 30 this year and have decided the NOVA area is where I'm setting my roots. My family is in this area too, and I'd miss them terribly if I moved away. I've been doing IT work since 1999 and never had an issue finding work in this area. Yes the cost of living is high, but the opportunities for advancement I feel outweigh it. Get a roommate is the best advice if you want to save housing costs.
The abundance of IT jobs is what's making this so hard. In this job market, you have to go where the jobs are. But I also have to think about the long-term. I'm not a big spender nor do I need a big house with a fancy car to be happy. But at the same time, I don't want to spend the rest of my days living in an apartment and barely being able to set aside any extra money for a house, retirement or an emergency. I was looking at comparable apartments and townhomes in NOVA and Atlanta. Rent would be double and buying would be at least that, if not more. Housing costs are plummeting in every other city except DC.

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I lived in Atlanta for 20 years (1982-2002) before moving to NOVA (Reston). Though I like it here I really liked Atlanta too. The cost of living difference is substantial! The "brutally hot, humid summers" in Atlanta far surpass any weather issues that DC may have. DC traffic is MUCH worse than anything that Atlanta can dish up.
When you say surpass, do you mean that in a bad way as in, the summers are terrible in Atlanta? Also, I was hoping you'd say traffic was equally bad. I was in Atlanta in 2006 and saw how bad the traffic was. IT WAS BAD!!!
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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My brother and I bought a house together in 2003. We split the mortgage and utility payments down the middle and each pay $1200 a month. The $2400 monthly covers everything and leaves extra in the "house fund" every month for future repairs or upgrades. That arrangement allowed me to put money away into a 401k, pay off a car note and save for an investment property.

I think housing in this area is the biggest expense, but it can be mitigated by getting a roommate. The other factors can't be as easily changed
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