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Old 02-06-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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My husband and i want to move to phoenix between may and july...what areas should we avoid when looking for a house/apartment...whats the deal with scorpions is that something we should be concerned about?? And we have a 2 and 6 year old, what school districts are best for living/school/diversity?

Also, how is the job market?
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Chandler
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First, make sure you have employment lined up here. What fields are you in?
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:44 PM
 
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Scorpions are more a topic of discussion on this board than they are an actual problem for the overwhelming majority of people.

Where you will want to live will depend a lot on where you end up working. You don't say anything about the field(s) you are working in, generally the job market here is poor, but there would be some exceptions where it is a little better. Don't move here without jobs lined up or a very large cushion. Once you find the jobs, you can scope out where to live in terms of schools, etc.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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My husband and i want to move to phoenix between may and july...what areas should we avoid when looking for a house/apartment...whats the deal with scorpions is that something we should be concerned about?? And we have a 2 and 6 year old, what school districts are best for living/school/diversity?

Also, how is the job market?
Well, first thing I'd do is ditch all that winter gear--you won't need that in Phoenix. :-)

I've heard about the scorpions down there too. Had a co-worker who moved to Phoenix that kept getting me to come down to visit her, but she'd be telling me about scorpions that she'd see in the bathtub, crossing the parking lot at the grocery store, and saying to check your shoes before you put them on, the blankets on the bed, etc and I thought forget that! LOL
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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You'll probably run into more black widow spiders.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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You'll probably run into more black widow spiders.

That is just as bad! We had a LOT of those in WY surprisingly, even in the sub-zero temps....

I'm glad here, we just have raccoons, slugs, yellow jackets, and moles to contend with lol

We do have a large population of wolf spiders; especially in the summer time, but nothing that is deadly....
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Anchored in Phoenix
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Make sure you have cars. I'm not being funny. I once dated a gal who lived all her life in Manhattan and then moved to Arizona. She did not know how to drive and was 50ish. And she moved to a guest house on the edge of Tucson. The west is a driving culture. Not a mass transit culture. Although we want to change that by our added light rail between Tempe and downtown Phoenix!
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Make sure you have cars. I'm not being funny. I once dated a gal who lived all her life in Manhattan and then moved to Arizona. She did not know how to drive and was 50ish. And she moved to a guest house on the edge of Tucson.
wow, that would suck!
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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That is just as bad! We had a LOT of those in WY surprisingly, even in the sub-zero temps....

I'm glad here, we just have raccoons, slugs, yellow jackets, and moles to contend with lol

We do have a large population of wolf spiders; especially in the summer time, but nothing that is deadly....
I saw more scorpions in WY than I have here so far, here is 2 or 3 outside, there were many under dead logs there in WY, but they are smaller I think...
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I saw more scorpions in WY than I have here so far, here is 2 or 3 outside, there were many under dead logs there in WY, but they are smaller I think...
That would have been truly rare then!
I only saw 2 in 24 yrs I lived there. One of them was when I went hill-climbing, and another one near a play ground when I was like 8 yrs old...yeah both of them were small.

One time, when I was like in the 2nd grade, a classmate of mine brought one for show-and-tell in a glass jar and she lived in an older housing area on the same side of town.

Here, you will only see them in the zoo. PetSmart and Petco used to sell them a few yrs back, but I think after someone bought a bunch of them and set like 30 of those things loose in a neighborhood, they stopped that. Frankly, I'm surprised they didn't drown like they would 9 months of the year
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