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Old 10-25-2007, 11:36 AM
 
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I am going to be attending Irvine Valley College in 2009 and hope to transfer to UC Irvine to major in neurobiology. I currently live in a suburb of Chicago and know nothing about California, except for the time I visited San Diego for a few days.

I am 22, engaged and have a 4 year old son. I will have my EKG certificate in August of next year, and my fiance works in a machine shop. We have no money saved as of right now, and neither of us have very good credit. Right now our income is only about 20,000 a year. I am a full time student now, so I don't really have time to work. We have a 400.00 a month car payment and a few credit cards to pay each month. I hope to find a job in a hospital as an EKG tech when we get to California, and my fiance has done mostly labor jobs in the past.

Based on those factors, where would be a good place to live, close to Irvine, but affordable and safe for my family? How is the job market for EKG techs and general laborers? Basically, will we be able to survive? I don't want to pack up my family and move 2,000 miles away, only to find ourselves poor and on the streets. Going to UC Irvine is my dream, and I want to get away from everything where we live now, mostly the cold! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance guys!

Jenny
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Visalia, CA / Bakersfield, CA / Lakewood, CA
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Irvine equals one of the most expensive places to live in the US. You'll want to unload the car. On 20,000 a year, you will not be able to afford the payment and rent. You may get away from some of the cold and crime in Chicago, but the grass is always greener. Your best bet would to finish your General Ed at a Chicago Jr. College, make sure you finish all your pre-req's. Get accepted into UC Irvine, then try to get into the limited family on campus housing they have. Otherwise you'll be paying a min of $1200 a month in rent, at least to be within a 30 min drive to the school. keep in mind, a with traffic, 30 min drive may only be 10 miles away. You can get apartments a little cheaper in Santa Ana and Anaheim, but you'll be in the "ghetto" of orange county. Plus thats still min 30 min drive. You can live in Oceanside in san Diego county for under 1000 a month rent, but then you have an hour long drive.

See the following thread on the topic Moving To Irvine - Job Transfers
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:55 AM
 
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We will be making more than 20,000 a year with both of us working. Hopefully around 50,000. I know it's still not much though!
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:57 AM
 
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Also, what do you consider "ghetto"? My dad used to live in Monterey (sp?) and said what a lot of people in OC consider ghetto, is actually what we would consider a middle class area of chicago. Not sure if that is still true today, my Dad lived there almost 30 years ago
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:02 PM
 
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If your fiance is a laborer, he'll be competing with illegal Mexicans for work. Illegals will take any job for any pay and accept horrible living conditions. Do you really want to compete with that?
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:05 PM
 
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Also, what do you consider "ghetto"? My dad used to live in Monterey (sp?) and said what a lot of people in OC consider ghetto, is actually what we would consider a middle class area of chicago. Not sure if that is still true today, my Dad lived there almost 30 years ago
OC ghetto isn't like Gary Indiana or anything, but its still not great. Lots of property crime more than violent crime. And you'd better know Spanish.
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:09 PM
 
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That is actually what my fiance is afraid of, he has heard stories about not being able to find jobs because of that very thing. I was just hoping that it wasn't as bad as he thought.
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Visalia, CA / Bakersfield, CA / Lakewood, CA
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Thats true, as jaykenealy3 pointed out, ghetto is realative. I lived in OC when I went to UCI, then for a while after I got married at worked in Mission Viejo. There was a "ghetto" apartment complex in MV, at least according to the locals, but it was perfectly nice to me, I grew up in Visalia/Fresno Area. The MV apartment was to expensive for me though. After I graduated and got married I moved into a large 1 bedroom apartment in Anaheim, 2 blocks from disneyland. I looked long and hard and found this one for $1000 a month, and it was a gated complex, so it felt a little safer, though that didnt stop the cops from pursing a criminal right through the center of the complex. The other problem is the more affordable the apartments, the more crowded "more people to each unit". You'll have some one bedroom units with 4 or 5 drivers in it. Thus, parking is difficult. My commute to Mission Viejo from Anhiem was 20 miles, it also often took over an hour! Really, this is not a problem in the Irvine area, but the apartments cost a lot more. To get an Idea, go to the Irvine Company website. They control most of the apartments in Irvine, you should be able to get prices and sq footage there.
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Visalia, CA / Bakersfield, CA / Lakewood, CA
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A lot of Labor jobs in construction are being cut right now too! I have a buddy who works in LA that just got laid off.
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:12 PM
 
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What about outside of Orange County, but still close to Irvine Valley College?
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