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Old 05-14-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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My husband and I are planning a move to Brattleboro from Los Angeles. We are having a baby and can't afford to live in LA anymore. My family lives in Southern Vermont and we think we would love it - plus the cost of living is much much lower. My husband is out of work and has been for 8 months. He is thinking of moving to stay with my family while he looks for work in Brattleboro. He has a temp job to tide him over while he looks. Is this a horrible idea? How hard is it to find work there compared to LA? Cali is REALLY BAD! I have a job only making 32,000 / yr and am supporting us, so we can live on little money, obviously. I'm so conflicted. He has a college degree in Environmental Studies and experience in sales and management. We would also need to find a small house/ apt in the next few months but dont mind living around the area, we don't need to live right in Brattleboro. Any thoughts would be so helpful. THANK YOU!!!
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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Brattleboro is a great little town. The major employer would probably be the Brattleboro Retreat (a mental health and rehab facility) and then maybe the hospital. There are also a few colleges in the area. In Keene, NH which is about 20-25 minutes away there is Keene State University and Antioch. On the VT side, there is SIT--school for international training, and marlboro college, which is a small liberal arts school. You are also within a somewhat reasonable commute from the Amherst, MA area (about 45 minutes) which has more employment options and Greenfield, MA is only about 25 minutes away. Personally, I love Brattleboro, but I think the hard part will be finding work. 32,000 will go way further in VT than in L.A.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:16 AM
 
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I know LA has a high cost of living, but so does Vermont. You have to factor in the salaries. The salaries here will be much lower. I am more familiar with the Burlington area though. So I am not sure about costs in Brattleboro. But I would imagine that perhaps salaries might be even slightly less than Burlington. So just keep that in mind when you think about moving.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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The cost of living in LA seems WAY higher - we pay 1200 for a one bedroom, not to mention all the gas money from driving around. PLUS my husband has been out of work for a year...but I am still scared about finding a job in the 30,000 range (both college educated) and a small house. He is going to drive down there and check it out. And if it doesn't work out, we are moving to the Denver area. I HATE LA, just can't stand it any longer!
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:03 PM
 
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Good luck Moonbow, as a San Diegan, I can attest to the veracity of your comments...LA does suck! Haha. We're looking toward a move to Brattleboro in the future, maybe 5-7 years from now...thanks for your posts and points of view.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:21 PM
 
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If you can live on 32k in LA I bet you can find a job and survive in southern VT.

I don't know about Brattleboro but here you can find a decent 1 bedroom for $700-800. It is the larger homes with 3+ bedrooms that seem to be more difficult to find.
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:06 PM
 
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A one bedroom for $800 in Brattleboro? That's not bad at all. But what about heating costs during the cold weather times?
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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Heating costs, extra money for really good winter clothing, a sturdy car with great snow tires --and are there any jobs around Brattleboro? I wanted to live there once. The locals just laughed when I asked about jobs.

It is a beautiful area though if you can find a good enough job and put up with all the cold and ice and snow in winter.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:27 AM
 
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I wanted to live there once. The locals just laughed when I asked about jobs.

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Been my experience. I should have taken that SIT job but the pay was abysmal. I spent many years looking regularly for a job where I could live in Brattleboro w/o success.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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A one bedroom for $800 in Brattleboro? That's not bad at all. But what about heating costs during the cold weather times?
sorry I am not in Brattleboro. I don't know about pricing there but wouldn't be too surprised if it was similar. Easy enough to look on craigslist to get a feel.
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