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Old 12-14-2009, 09:44 PM
 
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Hi there. Thank you all for helping me with this. I have a job offer in New Jersey and New Orleans and am trying to decide between the two. The New Jersey offer is quite a bit higher than the New Orleans offer salary-wise, but I suspect I would love New Orleans a lot more than New Jersey--I just want to be sure. My main concern is whether New Orleans will be sufficiently diverse and left-leaning for my taste (I currently live in Manhattan, which has it's flaws but meets my needs in those regards.) I'm a white lady, but my husband is Latino and my son is half-Latino, and I want to be sure they can fully enjoy the town. Is there a great deal of racial tension/segregation etc. or is it not too bad? Which neighborhoods are more diverse and progressive? Thank you!
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:43 PM
 
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I'd say the most "liberal" of neighborhoods are the Marigny, the Bywater and the Lower Garden District...
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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Tricky b/c you're asking for a comparison between a city, and an entire state.

I think N.O would be a lot more culturally stimulating than NJ. Depends on where in NJ you'd be living and working. I liked the Jersey shore, but we were there outside tourist season. If you live in Manhattan, would you be close enough to fly down to, or take a road trip to the part of NJ you'd be working? Aside from culture and diversity, consider other factors like climate. NJ probably has more of bearable climate in summer, but I dont think I could take the winter there. N.O summers are like having your own portable steam room.
N.O is diverse alright, but we're talking human beings here..it's not a 24/7 love-in (is anywhere?)
If I had the choice though, I wouldnt live anywhere other than N.O. - in case you couldnt guess..
Good luck, keep us posted.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:43 PM
 
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Thanks, you two! The NJ offer is in Newark, so pretty close to Manhattan. I ended up choosing that offer because it ended up being a substantially better offer--although I really do wish we could move to new orleans instead! Maybe someday
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:46 PM
 
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Did you figure in the difference in taxes , and the cost of homes ?
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:02 AM
 
Location: The Golden State
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Hi there. Thank you all for helping me with this. I have a job offer in New Jersey and New Orleans and am trying to decide between the two. The New Jersey offer is quite a bit higher than the New Orleans offer salary-wise, but I suspect I would love New Orleans a lot more than New Jersey--I just want to be sure. My main concern is whether New Orleans will be sufficiently diverse and left-leaning for my taste (I currently live in Manhattan, which has it's flaws but meets my needs in those regards.) I'm a white lady, but my husband is Latino and my son is half-Latino, and I want to be sure they can fully enjoy the town. Is there a great deal of racial tension/segregation etc. or is it not too bad? Which neighborhoods are more diverse and progressive? Thank you!

I would choose NJ. Of course it all depends on where you will be residing.
When I was in NJ we were on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and it was awesome! The people were friendly and there is something special about the east coast... in my opinion.
Also, New York is a hop-skip-and-a-jump away for shopping, Broadway shows, diverse culture etc.
Good luck to you.
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
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Easy, New Orleans!! Cheaper to live. Less taxes. Better weather. The north has much more segregated communities than the south. Yes, its an opinion only, but I have lived up north, and live down south now.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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If you chose NJ you probably made the right choice. Your son will receive a better education; you will have better future opportunities in your career. NO is not really cheaper to live in. http://www.gnocdc.org/HousingAffordability/NewOrleansMetroAreaHousingAffordability2004-2008.pdf (broken link) It’s just that things are cheaper than elsewhere but salaries are way lower as you have noticed from the job offer. People here just don’t pay squat to their employees. The job market is not very diverse in terms of prosperous opportunities.I plan to leave as soon as I can, which will probably be never… NO is like a black hole, it sucks you in then drains you of everything. I’m rather pessimistic, but given that there are no jobs in the industry I am working on a degree in, I don’t see any way to gain experience before I leave. However, I don’t make enough, to save up enough, to have enough to move when I graduate and survive for a little while as I gain experience elsewhere. So I’m kind of stuck here trying to think of a way out.
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:34 PM
 
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That's your fault Nico. I am so tired of the pessimism...life is what you make it, and not all cities have all industries.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:43 PM
 
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It ENTIRELY depends on where in NJ you want to go. There are a lot of Hispanics in NJ, and Newark is known as an enclave for the Portuguese. For the most part, people aren't too racist, and if they are it's VERY obvious.

Think about the following commute, weather, house size, and how you like to spend your free time. Each offers a city life style, a suburban life style, and a rural life style. (I'm going to assume that New Orleans has some suburbs and that there is some rural land near by).

Each has it's strong points and each is not meant for everybody. So let's not start insulting each area.

If you go to NJ look for something along the Morris and Essex, North Jersey Coast Line, and North East Corridor train lines so that you don't have to drive to work in bad weather. Newark is a pretty rough town, but it's improving and it's easy to figure out.



How about you make a list of things you do and do not want and how long you want to commute? Then we can really answer some questions.
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