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Old 01-17-2011, 07:13 PM
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Hi guys!

My husband and I are currently living in the Chicago suburbs (formally from a tiny town in Wisconsin) while he is attending chiropractor school. He is going to graduate in about 1 1/2 years so we are starting to look into areas to relocate to. We have visited AZ and really liked it, but I do need some opinions. Given what I have listed below, which area would meet most, if not all, of what we like and want??

1. We like being in the suburbs because we can just hop the train and go to Chicago, yet we are still far enough away that we don't have bumper to bumper traffic and the main chain stores/restraurants are super close.

2. We obviously would need an area where my husband's business would thrive.

3. We want to get a 2 bedroom apartment that isn't going to cost us an arm and a leg. Right now we are paying $872 for a one bedroom, and in WI we paid $400 for a one bedroom with a den.

4. Now, this part might make me sound terrible, but coming from a small town to a huge suburb was kind of a culture shock. We would like an area that primarly speaks English with not a lot of diversity.

Thanks in advance for any input you might give. I really appreciate it.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:55 PM
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Personally I think you should re-think your wanting to relocate to Phoenix, especially considering #4. You will have mostly English speakers but Phoenix is very diverse (that is not why I do not wish to live there)-I did hear that the "climate" was getting tense because of immigration issues. Definately do your homework before you jump in.

I'm from Iowa and have spent about half my time there, half my life in Phoenix, and I'm done with Phoenix, ready to move back to Iowa permanently. It was fun for a while, but the size is a big turn-off for me because of all that goes along with that: traffic, pollution, crime, etc. After all those years I can't say I ever got used to the heat, in fact it only seems to get worse, and you'll hear many say that. Oh sure some love it but it is not for everyone.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:05 AM
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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The areas in the Valley where English is not the main language are likely all places you wouldn't want to live anyway so that should not be an issue. If you're coming from anywhere around Chicago it's not going to be much different in that regard.

The light rail here runs in/out of Phoenix from Tempe and Mesa. Depending on where you live it's not as easy as METRA but there are park and rides you can access if you don't live near a stop (you probably wouldn't).

I have no clue in what areas a chiropractor would thrive but I'd venture a guess that it would be in an area where there is more income at disposal. Scottsdale might be a good location to scout for a business.

The above poster mentions crime as a reason he wants to leave. That's all relative. I'd say it's much safer here than in Chicago. The worst of Phoenix is nothing matched against the worst of Chicago and I'd say Chicago has rougher suburbs to boot. Again, the seedy areas are not likely going to be your destination anyway.

Good luck with your info search and potential move.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:18 AM
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North Scottsdale or northeast Phoenix (i.e. Desert Ridge). It's suburbian but very close to downtown Scottsdale; has a high income so that a business would thrive; is not too expensive but still quite nice; and fairly homogenous, which some might consider boring, but it is what it is.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:17 AM
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Thank you all for the input, I greatly appreciate it
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