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Old 03-02-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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Default Bellingham

OK, first I am going to ask for you guys to cut me some slack, I live in South Texas and would like some information on the area. I am Canadian and would like to live in the USA but be closer to home. One of the places I was looking at was Bellingham. When I am looking on a google map it looks as though Bellingham could possibly be part of the Vancouver metroplex. Is that true? Drive times by my calculation are about 1 hour to Vancouver and about 1 1/2 hours to Seattle. Is that about right? I have also read that the area sees about 160 days of sunshine/ part sunshine and about 205 days of clouds. Is that about right? Next, Are there areas close by with less or more average cloudy days or is it all about the same? Whenever I visit Florida it rains almost everyday for about 15 to 30 minutes and then clears up. Is it like that there or is the rain an all day event? Lastly, I would like to know about the hospitals in the area. I am a nurse and would like to know the peoples opinions of the healthcare up there. I guess one other question is about minor hockey. How is that?
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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I would not consider Bellingham part of the Vancouver metroplex. Drive times look about right if you discount the time it takes to cross the border. Rain in Bellingham is very different from Florida. Much longer, and much less severe.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Looks like most of your info is on target. Cost of living is expensive here and the job market is pretty dead, even in medical there were only 3 positions open last time I checked, down from a year ago with over 100 offering hiring bonus's etc etc...
Theres many of low paying service jobs but they don't pay a living wage, which is why the openings are there...
The great recession is catching up to us, just a little late...
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Not a part of Vancouver at all, about an hour or so...but close enough that you can get there easily just don't forget the passport or enhanced ID--border laws have gotten strict. Cost of living is higher than most of the south but wages tend to be higher too, at least from what I have seen. As long as you are good with budgeting it's not too bad (and keep the termostat turned down to a decent level). I visit Florida a lot and can tell you the rain is very, VERY different. It's cold!!! Once in a while in the summer the rain is nice since it's warm outside but the rain is cold, a lot of the time windy and for the most part steady. Sometimes, especially this year, we have rain then sun then rain again, it can change quite a bit. Fall and Winter does bring about steady, constant rain sometimes for a few days or weeks at a time so buy a good rainjacket. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful here and if you are a snow bird you will love the mountains...just being honest about the weather for you.
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