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Old 12-29-2006, 08:40 AM
 
Location: WPB, FL. Dreaming of Oil city, PA
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I for one would be miserable and depressed with a job in West Palm Beach unless it paid 6 figures. This is what I would need to live a comfortable middle class life. Too bad its wishful thinking and the reality is more like $30k or so, maybe $50k if you luck out. This wont get you any house in West Palm Beach, maybe a 1 bedroom shack in a bad neighboorhood!

I just want to live in a town or small city without the urban sprawl. Theres no good jobs there and I dont care as im self employed and perfectly happy this way. The cost of living is low, I can enjoy a nice big middle class house, not worry about crime or traffic. Oil city would be good for me but im looking at other options besides Oil city. I dont want a big city with high costs of living, high crime, traffic, polution, urban sprawl!
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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But you need to look at the positives too:

-Activities
-Resturants
-Shopping
-Attractions
-Events
etc etc

Yes, smaller towns and cities may offer lower costs of living but you tradeoff all the positives of living in a large city.

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I dont want a big city with high costs of living, high crime, traffic, polution, urban sprawl!
Many people live outside the city itself. Take Phoenix for example; it has a high crime rate in the city itself (population appx. 1.3 million) but when you factor in all of the suburbs (metro population of near 5.5 million) the crime rate is much lower. I live in Scottsdale (about 25 miles to Phoenix proper) and we were voted one of the best places in the US to live.

Obviously we have traffic but you do get used to it after a while.

Pollution- Never really researched it.

Urban Sprawl- Not just in big cities. Maybe it's more rampant but I'd be willing to guess anywhere in the US is going to have some sort of sprawl.

I just wish that they'd change the name of Oil City; who the heck wants to live in a town called that? It sounds so dreary....
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Find a way to make more money. You'll have a lot more options.
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Old 12-30-2006, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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What's more important is to what it boils down. Is the big city and all of the entertainment important or do you value your home, enjoy spending time in it, and like the simpler things in life? Money certainly is not the key to satisfaction or success. I vote for the latter.
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