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Philadelphia: job market picture, current unemployment rate, general economy trends, social scene

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Old 06-03-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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thanks, well I looked at jobs in all areas, it seems Wash DC has more jobs that closely match my background, but I do like the Philly location better, it appears to be a lot closer to the beach. Gained lots of pics and info on this site about Baltimore- I like the neighborhoods and inner harbor a lot, but like DC it seems a hike to get to the ocean beaches.

How easy would it be to connect and meet people in these places, my only experience was when living in Queens, NY-diverse and many languages spoken, very residential, mid-rise apartments and lacked character. Not much activities or organizations for young people, you had to go to Manhattan, 25 minute subway ride for that. Socially, would it be better to live in a apartment/condo community with a pool/gym/tennis courts etc. or a plain city apartment with no amenities or the option to have a car.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:51 AM
 
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How easy would it be to connect and meet people in these places, my only experience was when living in Queens, NY-diverse and many languages spoken, very residential, mid-rise apartments and lacked character. Not much activities or organizations for young people, you had to go to Manhattan, 25 minute subway ride for that. Socially, would it be better to live in a apartment/condo community with a pool/gym/tennis courts etc. or a plain city apartment with no amenities or the option to have a car.[/QUOTE]

Personally, wherever you end up settling, I think it would be better to living in an area in which you wouldn't need a car to travel, almost forcing you to interact more with the community. There are lots of places where you can rely mostly on public transportation -- if that's what you're looking for, that is. I think NYC and its suburbs are the most unique place in the country in terms of having the most ethnic diversity. Sure, there are other cosmopolitan places where you might run into people who speak different languages, but I would not think to the extent that you find in an around New York. That said, I think you could potentially have the best of both worlds -- living in a young, active condo community with city amenities a right nearby via rail/subway. That's just my take.
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:50 PM
 
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Your very helpful, going to see how things play out.. Leaning more towards Philly at this point, unless some great opportunity sprouts in DC. I think the housing factor alone will be a big positive. I will most likely spend some time checking them out within the next few weeks before going to town with the resume.
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