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Old 06-10-2013, 11:31 AM
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Grew up in Kansas City; lived in Baltimore 20 years (married a local girl, bought a house, started a family). Baltimore is expensive and the public schools are abysmal; send our grade school kids to private school $$$$.
I'm being flown out at the end of the month for a job interview in Mexico, MO. The recruiter says the package they'll offer me will be hard to pass up. Seems like a great move for my family--safer, better schools, inexpensive housing, nice Midwestern folk. Columbia has a nationally ranked high school, the cultural, politically independent, and diversity benefits of Mizzou (I went to KU, Rock Chalk), and is 90 minutes away from my parents. My wife is an HR Director she should be able to land a job in a town of that size. I'm feeling sold but before I make a decision I need to know if Columbia is the place to live in the area? I need to do all of my research and develop a truly compelling argument before I try to convince my wife to move away from her hometown and especially her mother.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:34 PM
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I never lived in Mexico, but I spent some time there. It is home to a military school for boys, and it visually a very pretty town. I like Mexico far more than Columbia but, Columbia offers more, and it probably has the best skin doctor in four states. Missouri has changed a lot in the years you've been gone.

You really won't know if you bought the gold mine or the shaft until you live there. It is certainly not Kansas City or St. Louis. One can say the same of any other city in any other state. Rent for a year. At the end of your contract you will know more about both towns and the general area.

Be sure to get a landline with unlimited long distance. It will be a culture shock for your wife and children.

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Old 05-01-2014, 02:30 PM
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If you are looking at buying, you will find prices and taxes quite a bit higher in Columbia (Boone County). There really isn't much to offer in Mexico, but they have a nice community theater program, a nice YMCA, and limited shopping and dining.

Columbia has several colleges, shopping, dining, state parks, etc. Columbia Schools have their ups and downs. Some of the high schools are safer than others. Columbia has a vibrant job market and I think your wife would have no problem finding a job.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:42 PM
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Columbia-Mexico is not a commute I'd care to make daily. Almost anywhere you will want to live in Columbia is a 45 minute drive to almost anywhere in Mexico. Of course, the highways are good - four lane for all but just a few miles.

I have always liked Fulton, and it is only 25 miles or so from Mexico. However, I know nothing of the schools there.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:48 PM
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Kindgom City isn't too far from Mexico. However, Kingdom City seems more like a big truckstop/pitstop for travelers rather than a place to live.

The commute from Columbia to Mexico isn't terrible. I have several colleagues who commute from there and from Moberly on a daily basis. It's a boring drive, but there is never any traffic.
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