Where shall I move? PHX, IND, LEX, SEA, CVG, BWI ?!

  • skininethousa...

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    Oct 21, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
    Hello all,

    I have been given a job offer that will allow me to choose a location. I have already narrowed it down from over 20 locations to the following 6. Does anyone have any opinions / advice etc? I like an active lifestyle and a city vibe. Love to enjoy the outdoors and nature. I am hopinh to find an urban / modern apartment / condo as well. I like a metro feel in which many people are out and about, walking / biking and so on. I am from New England, but am willing to try out something completely different. I also have a flat salary, so cost of living is also a factor I am considering. Thanks!

    Pheonix

    Indianapolis

    Lexington

    Seattle / Bellevue

    Hebron, KY (Cincinnati)

    Sterling, VA (would live closer to DC)
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    Oct 21, 2010 5:12 AM GMT
    Seattle or DC.
  • Bunjamon

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    Oct 21, 2010 10:57 AM GMT
    Seattle or Phoenix. I'd pick Seattle first.
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    Oct 21, 2010 11:19 AM GMT
    1) Seattle
    2) DC

    I have lived most of my adult life in or around DC. Sterling, VA isn't THAT close to DC but that part of NOVA (Northern Virginia) does have a lot to offer. Downside is that it is still an expensive place to live. On the upside, its still an expensive place to live which means that the average quality of life and pay is still good.

    Seattle is where my family is originally from. They tend to have a more gay friendly community and the quality of life in the area is still very good. The downside is that it rains A LOT. And with constant dreary damp and cool weather tends to make people prone to depression really depressed. Seattle has a great social community, amazing coffee, and a lot to offer and places to travel too.

    I don't think I personally could live in the other location options provided, LOL.
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    Oct 21, 2010 11:43 AM GMT
    If you have a flat salary, the cost of living is very reasonable in the midwest. Cincinnati and Indy may not be the most exciting places to live, but like I said, it's affordable and you are only a weekend's trip away from a handful of major cities....Cleveland, Chicago, Philly/Pitts, Wash DC, Atlanta, St Louis, etc.

    my $0.02

  • kittar

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    Oct 21, 2010 12:23 PM GMT
    Careful in considering Lexington.. It's very much a nightlife city, with not a lot else to do otherwise. It has the advantage of being quite gay-populated, as well as being close to Louisville and Cincinnati. Plus it's beautiful. But It's very much a small town guised as a larger city.
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    Oct 21, 2010 3:34 PM GMT
    DEFINITELY NOT PHOENIX! unless you don't mind 80+ weather year round. The only good side about phoenix is that there are a lot of very good lookin gay guys there.

    Seattle is a good city but very wet and rainy for most of the year, summers are very nice there, and it is also pretty expensive up there as well.

  • skininethousa...

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    Oct 21, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    Thank you for the replies! Keep them comming! icon_smile.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 21, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    Phoenix hands down -- 45 minute flight to Vegas, an Hour flight to L.A. or San Diego, beautiful weather and very affordable in terms of cost of living...and I already told you I would roll out The Red Carpet and fire up The Welcome Wagon icon_lol.gif


    P.S. Just be sure you bring your papers - LOL
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    Oct 21, 2010 4:33 PM GMT
    Salt Lake City, UT! ;)
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    Oct 21, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    LOVALOT said
    Dayton31 saidIf you have a flat salary, the cost of living is very reasonable in the midwest. Cincinnati and Indy may not be the most exciting places to live, but like I said, it's affordable and you are only a weekend's trip away from a handful of major cities....Cleveland, Chicago, Philly/Pitts, Wash DC, Atlanta, St Louis, etc.

    my $0.02



    well keep ur two dollars is he gonna be very happy leaving to the middle of nowhere? hellooo.. i hear it always rains in seattle.. u ever watch one of the twilights? that was filmed in seattle.. did u see what the people there wear? i think it's disgusting.

    i know somebody who lives in atlanta and she says unless ur black, it's kinda pointless to go and live there and expect to fit in.. luckily for her, she works almost 24/7 and has lots of sex because she has a boyfriend.

    i hear great things about chicago.. u just have the winters to deal with and the mafia and stuff but overall, that'd be my first pick. i wouldn't do dc.. they're starting to have earthquakes and i mean, it's dc.. nobody ever hears anything exciting about dc u kno what i mean?

    philly, ok, cleveland, blah, st.louis? ptshh.. yeah right.



    Negative much? Btw, $.02 is two cents, not two dollars.
  • sumkindoflife

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    Oct 21, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    i am a biased vote....but i live in bellevue, wa. youll never find a city like seattle icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 21, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    Seattle!

    You'll be close to Vancouver and Victoria, and you have the most amazing nature just around the corner. On the weekends you can take a ferry ride to Victoria, and you have all these amazing places like Whidbey Island all around the corner. And Seattle is a very liberal and kinda hippie like city.

    The rain thing isn't *that* bad. The winters are sucky, yea, but nothing beats the summers up there. And it really doesn't rain all the time.

    And generally, West Coast, yo.
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 21, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    I love Cincinnati, it has everything you need in a city, especially if you factor in cost of living, it may be your best bet, and this city will be booming in the coming years...
  • skininethousa...

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    Oct 21, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    As an update: Sterling VA / D.C. is no longer an option...
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    Oct 21, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    Whichever has lower taxes
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 21, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    Especially since you like amusement parks, kings island is one of the best in the country, only 20 mins or so outside the city, cedar point, and 6 flags are in reasonable driving distances. Also there are a ton of places around here for camping, boating, and hiking all over the tri-state. I think Cincinnati is a great city, especially for what you say your interests are...
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    Oct 21, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    lchg5265 saidHello all,

    I have been given a job offer that will allow me to choose a location. I have already narrowed it down from over 20 locations to the following 6. Does anyone have any opinions / advice etc? I like an active lifestyle and a city vibe. Love to enjoy the outdoors and nature. I am hopinh to find an urban / modern apartment / condo as well. I like a metro feel in which many people are out and about, walking / biking and so on. I am from New England, but am willing to try out something completely different. I also have a flat salary, so cost of living is also a factor I am considering. Thanks!

    Pheonix

    Indianapolis

    Lexington

    Seattle / Bellevue

    Hebron, KY (Cincinnati)

    Sterling, VA (would live closer to DC)


    Well, you'll need to do your research.

    Phoenix is a bustling modern western city with a great infrastructure and is the "West's most midwestern town" but it's hot, hot, hot. (Overnight lows of 100F for months on end.) It's sunny nearly 300 days a year.

    Seattle is another progressive western city but if you don't like short days, and need sun or suffer from seasonal affected disorder, it's a bad choice. It rains, and it's cloudy, lots of the time.

    I don't know much about the other cities, but the Virginia location may put you close to future opportunities working in a civil service job.

    It gets down to what's important to you.

    I live in Dallas / Fort Worth. The folks here are mostly stupid. Texas is a filthy place with trash everywhere. Some of The World's worst air is here. The infrastructure is terrible, but...it's a high tech mecca in the center of the country, so...I stay, and take allergy pills, and deal with the trash, and the illiteracy because, for now, being able to make a living is important. When the economy gets better and the moment is right, we'll leave the place forever.

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    Oct 21, 2010 5:03 PM GMT
    If you pick phoenix try to stay towards the Eastern side near scottsdale or Tempe.
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 21, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidWhichever has lower taxes


    No offense, and sorry to get off topic but I disagree with this statement in terms of where someone should live for example, would you rather live somewhere with low taxes with bad roads, and less police, firemen, bad schools etc., or higher taxes, but better roads, security and other government services?
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    Oct 21, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    Seattle is great, obviously I'm biased. Bellevue is a good area too, known for it's very high income. If you're looking for hiking, skiing, snowboarding, boating etc... I don't think you can beat this area (pacific northwest). After moving around for awhile I realized that I took a lot of things for granted in Seattle. Very fit city, very liberal, and I think you'd be surprised by the hot guys there. The rain isn't that bad during the winter months, has the same climate as London is what they say.
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    Oct 21, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    LOVALOT said
    ohioguy12 said
    mocktwinkie saidWhichever has lower taxes


    No offense, and sorry to get off topic but I disagree with this statement in terms of where someone should live for example, would you rather live somewhere with low taxes with bad roads, and less police, firemen, bad schools etc., or higher taxes, but better roads, security and other government services?


    well if he lives in a place with lots of white people, then there's really no need for such a strong police force.


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  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 21, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
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  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 21, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidPhoenix hands down -- 45 minute flight to Vegas, an Hour flight to L.A. or San Diego, beautiful weather and very affordable in terms of cost of living...and I already told you I would roll out The Red Carpet and fire up The Welcome Wagon icon_lol.gif



    Why would someone move to somewhere with a focus of getting away? I find that odd.
  • Vaughn

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    Oct 21, 2010 5:41 PM GMT
    There are A LOT of hot guys in Phoenix.