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Old 04-20-2013, 09:10 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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I would say - get a job first. It might not be with the government directly - but there are a number of industries out here that might want your mechanical engineering skills.

And they may not all be defense contractors.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:43 AM
 
Location: Pennsyltucky
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"Obviously, if the OP and his partner are Mormon, then they'll fit right in, in St. George. But I still wouldn't recommend it as a good place for employment, especially if they'll be starting new careers."

We are not Mormon.
We don't "hate" any religon.

"Someone mentioned Boise - I think Boise is a great city. It's gorgeous, and I think it's growing. I know people who live there, and they love everything about it. But really, I don't know why you'd limit yourself if you have to. Look at SLC, look at Boise, look at Spokane, Denver, Eugene. Basically, look at any nice cities and apply for jobs and wherever you get a job, move to. Once you're out here, you can take three-day weekends and drive around, and maybe after a couple years, decide to move again."

I have narrowed down the list quite a bit recently and Boise has been added to it. Colorado is the other spot we are looking at.

I am more than willing to change my work from defense to manufactoring at this point. The defense industry has been drying up for the past few years and I don't see it coming back any time soon. On the other hand the manufactoring job market has been on the rise in certain (not all) areas.

As I said in my first post
"I am applying for work on line."

And my third post
"And I am in the process of looking for work in the area before we pack up and move."

We both want to have jobs lined up before we move. (who wouldn't) Not to say we wont be keeping our eyes open for something better of course. But we wouldn't be coming in broke either with almost one half year in severance pay from the jobs we have presently.

Thanx for all the help.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:16 PM
 
Location: The Great White North
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I can tell you that most of Utah is gorgeous and has some of the best outdoor resources in the country, but that's most of the extent of my knowledge. Some areas are more "Mormon" than others, but I feel like, except for a few extreme areas, you'll find folks to fit in with (including Mormons) in most areas.

You also may want to keep much of New Mexico (particularly Albuquerque) in mind. It has quite a bit in common with Utah (lots of outdoor rec opportunities, dry climate, 4 seasons in some areas), and it also has a pretty strong defense industry. Relatively low CoL, but the tradeoff is that there are areas of high crime- though avoiding them isn't a big deal.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Pennsyltucky
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Thanx for the New Mexico tip AbqTeacher.

There are just so many things to consider when choosing a newplace to call home. Jobs, cost of living, crime, climate are just a few of many things to investigate. It can almost be overwelming. We have narrowed the list down quite a bit, but it is a long process.
As far as the religous issue...I would like to think that we can get along pretty well with just about everybody. We are a down to earth, fun loving, middle aged, couple who only want to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.

I am in the process now of trying to talk my girlfriend into stopping out for a long weekend so we can look around a bit.

Again...thanx to all for your assistance. We really appreciate your helping us out with your knowledge.
Ken
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