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Old 01-15-2011, 07:18 PM
 
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I am planning a move in a few months in order to live closer to family. I currently live in Charleston, WV and I like it alright, but I often wish there was more to do. Right now I am mostly considering Louisville, Owensboro, and Evansville as well. I am a 30 year old single woman and I will be living alone. I work in the autism field and have been making contacts in these areas already. I like to shop and get out and try new things. I am not into a partying lifestyle, however. What I'm looking for is an area that has good shopping (at least decent), plenty to do, cost of living is reasonable, low crime rate, people are friendly, and it's fairly easy to make new friends. Right now I'm mostly drawn to Louisville b/c I think there will be more there. Any information is appreciated!
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Metropolis IL
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As for as "things to do", Evansville would be equivalent to what you have in Charleston. Owensboro a downgrade, Louisville an upgrade.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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For all its faults, Jefferson County Public Schools does some of the best work in special education found anywhere. I have lived in Louisville, Henderson (near Evansville), and just south of Owensboro. BLS, pretty much hit the nail on the head. I would have to lean towards Louisville. Oldham County is a great bedroom community for Louisville and meets many of your living standards, with the options to work and shop "in town"
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:43 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I agree with what they said about Evansville. I lived in the area for almost 30 years. Henderson is almost a suburb of Evansville, which is more or less the "hub" for the tri-state (Ill, Ind, Ky) area. Most of our shopping trips were spent on Green River Road in Evansville. 2 malls and several shopping centers and plenty of places to eat
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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I am planning a move in a few months in order to live closer to family. I currently live in Charleston, WV and I like it alright, but I often wish there was more to do. Right now I am mostly considering Louisville, Owensboro, and Evansville as well. I am a 30 year old single woman and I will be living alone. I work in the autism field and have been making contacts in these areas already. I like to shop and get out and try new things. I am not into a partying lifestyle, however. What I'm looking for is an area that has good shopping (at least decent), plenty to do, cost of living is reasonable, low crime rate, people are friendly, and it's fairly easy to make new friends. Right now I'm mostly drawn to Louisville b/c I think there will be more there. Any information is appreciated!
These cities arent even in the same league. Owensboro does not have much to offer. Charleston, although slightly smaller than Evansville, is far more cultured. Louisville is twice as big as Charleston, Evansville, and Owensboro combined. Based on your age and needs the only choice is Louisville of the three. That said, I would also look at other cities similar in size to Louisville, like say, Nashville. Let us know if you have more questions on Louisville.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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What BLS and STX said: Louisville is the clear-cut choice among the three you mentioned.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Having been to Evansville many times, I would have to say that I would never trade living in the Louisville area for Evansville. As Stx said - not even in the same league. There are so many things to do in Louisville, wonderful independently owned restaurants, a great airport, very nice shopping and cultural activities, lots of itneresting historic neighborhoods. What part of Louisville interests you?
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:16 PM
 
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I grew up and attended college in Evansville. Traveled to different cities looking for the "right fit" following college. Louisville won, hands down. Great mix of cultures and diversity, more so than other surrounding cities including Evansville and Owensboro. The recent revival of the downtown area is exciting and reaffirms my decision of making Louisville my home.

I moved to Louisville in 2006 and didn't have a tough time finding a job (work in accounting/finance). The Louisville public school system is very large, so I'd imagine you would have opportunities.

Crime doesn't seem too much of an issue in Louisville. Problem areas exist in every city, including Louisville, but seems to be concentrated to particular areas.

I've made more friends in Louisville than in Evansville. People here are very nice and friendly.

Real estate market was rated 2nd best in the U.S. by Fortune in 2009 so prices are very stable.

Evansville is a nice city for families, but is very sleepy. Friends from Evansville often visit Louisville for entertainment. Owensboro is more sleepy than Evansville.
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