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Old 04-23-2013, 02:24 AM
 
Location: Emerald Coast, FL
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So, we are stuck in the FL Panhandle for about 2 more years and we are looking for something very different in the near-ish future. My husband is USAF and retires in 2 years. He's in logistics now and has worked a long-term special duty assignment with Boeing in the Philadelphia area. We'd like to be, if not directly in a decent sized city, we'd like to be nearby. We've lived in the Detroit, Grand Rapids, Phoenix, Philadelphia and FL Panhandle areas and love good restaurants, fresh food sources, the outdoors and city life. He's going to try to get a job with Boeing, but I've no idea which facility he'd likely work.

We have a daughter who is super artsy, but not the most studious and will likely attend some sort of community college/art school type program when we move as she's a high school junior now. We are so relieved that we don't have to look into school district performance while looking for a home, but we'd like something where she can thrive as a young adult who will likely live with us during school.

I'm an x-ray/CT tech who specializes in emergency room diagnostics, so I'd be looking for hospitals. My husband would likely drive for work and will want a super quick commute. I'm cool with public transportation, or driving and my daughter isn't yet the most experienced driver, but is good with navigating public trans.

It's difficult to estimate exactly what we will be earning since wages here are very, very low. From research, I'm estimating that we're probably going to have a combined income in the very low 6 figures.

So...where should we live? We want decent commutes and a safe place in our budget. We'd like someplace with some walkable life to it, I guess an inner-ring suburb or someplace with an active downtown? Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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No way to know until you know where you'll be working. Boeing has 2 main facilities and they're no longer easily commutable from a single area. You're either near one, or the other. Not both.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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No way to know until you know where you'll be working. Boeing has 2 main facilities and they're no longer easily commutable from a single area. You're either near one, or the other. Not both.
And, re:Boeing, just because you start out at one place doesn't mean you won't be moved. I've worked in Everett, Bellevue, Kent, Renton and Seattle. Don't think it's possible to have a "super quick commute" anywhere.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I think if one was working for Boeing in Everett and lived in one of the beautiful historic neighborhoods in Everett such as Rucker Hill or Historic North Everett or in Mukilteo for that matter then the commute would be about as easy as it gets.. Providence Hospital has done a huge expansion in Everett and seem to be always hiring. The bonus to that part of the Seattle metro area is that it is much more affordable than some other areas and the proximity to world class outdoors activities is right in your back yard.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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People I know that work for Boeing are often expected to report to Everett, Renton or Auburn, so their commute varies and living in the middle (Seattle) can take 45 minutes to well over an hour. Others spend most days at the same location. I would definitely wait to see if he does get a job there, and what his assignment is before deciding on a place to live.

A "super quick" commute is extremely rare here, bordering on impossible. Boeing Renton has apartments within walking distance, with theater, shops and restaurants right there at "The Landing", but there is noise from the plant and nearby freeway.

In Everett you would not want to live near Boeing, as it's the worst part of the city for crime. Auburn has some good areas but no homes that close to their offices, you would probably want to live closer to Lake Tapps. Boeing also recently announced about 800 layoffs in this area, but two years down the road a lot could have happened one way or the other.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:05 PM
 
Location: pacific northwest
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If you have to commute anywhere during normal work hours - you are in for a shock. Just be prepared. I have a friend whose husband works for Boeing. They live in Graham, WA south of Puyallup WA in Tacoma. When he has to work in Everett WA which is north he stays up there during the week. Not fun!!!!

They had a chance to go to SC when Boeing moved there - I encouraged her. They did not go since family is here and girls are set in school. I would have gone in a heartbeat.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Emerald Coast, FL
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Thanks for the responses. I guess "super quick commute" may have been a poor choice of words. I guess "the quickest commute possible" would be better, because it's of course relative to the area. I've lived in traffic congested areas before, so I'm not completely immune to the big city.

Obviously, we'd wait until we were further along in the moving process before deciding anything as we are pretty much up for anything in the US or even beyond. We are just so sick of the FL panhandle and are dying for a bit of culture. We're trying to get a feel for what life would be like in various areas near a large-ish city, as well as cost of living, ease of both of us working, opportunities for artsy-fartsy daughter, etc.

Also wondering which Boeing facility would be the most likely facility for retired military, specialist with logistics and the Osprey would work, but it seems like any of the facilities are likely. My husband had been out to the area a few times and went to meetings at multiple facilities.

Seattle area appeals to us because we are dorky, love good beer and good food, mountains, water, big city--without being too big, job opportunities and educational opportunities.

It's an area where I can earn almost double what I'm making now for my career, and can advance into new modalities. I'd love to be in Philly as well, but hardly any of my former co-students have jobs in the field at all and it doesn't appear that any of the hospitals there are hiring.

Surprisingly, cost of living isn't as cheap in the FL Panhandle as it seems. One can "survive" cheaper here, but a decent quality of life is probably more expensive here, in some ways.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:16 AM
 
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Also wondering which Boeing facility would be the most likely facility for retired military, specialist with logistics and the Osprey would work, but it seems like any of the facilities are likely. My husband had been out to the area a few times and went to meetings at multiple facilities.
Most Boeing military work is done in Kent and at the Development Center (near Boeing Field). Everett is primariliy commercial airplane work.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:34 AM
 
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Seattle's population is fairly small because Seattle is on an isthmus but Seattle is NOT a "large-ish" city, it is a big city. The metro population is 3.5 million, over a million more than Tampa.

Also, people in Seattle don't live at home during college. People in Seattle are independent and get the hell out of their folks' house ASAP.
(While living on the east coast I was shocked that people lived with their parents past 19, but everybody seemed to think it was normal.)
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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My husband's career has always taken him up and down the I-5 corridor from Marysville (above Everett) on down to Tacoma, depending on what project he's currently working on. We settled in the NE Bellevue/Redmond area, which is referred to as the East Side and is almost equal distance from both directions. It's about a 50 minute commute, though, and not for everyone.

We're former 'city' folks who wanted to live close enough to Seattle ( we're about 20 minutes away) for resources and entertainment, but felt the East Side was a better location for raising our family and offered flexibility for various work-related opportunities we've both been offered through the years. Housing is a bit more affordable over here and choices are more varied.

The Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland corridor would offer you a choice of 2 very well-respected hospitals to apply for work: Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue and Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, near the Totem Lake area. There is also the Group Health Cooperative, which is a very large HMO and would also be a good possibility for you.

As far as creative opportunities for your daughter, Bellevue College (formerly Bellevue Community College, BCC) is rated one of the top CC's in the state and has many paths for a creative 2-year degrees. Lake Washington Technical college in Kirkland is another good choice for kids who are on the creative side, but need a relatively quick school-to-work training. She could also commute into the city for other options, including Cornish College of the Arts or The Art Institute of Seattle.

Best of Luck
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