NYC vs Dallas vs San Diego vs Chicago vs Portland Best city for gay young professional?

  • jeremylk7

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    May 30, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    Hello guys so I was wondering which city do you think is best for the gay young professional and why?

    I was planning on NYC its great and close but a lot of the people seem stressed and rude compared to just being in Chicago where everyone I met was nice.

    I will eventually travel to these cities but I was wondering in your opinion which city do you like best or would be best for a gay young professional?
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    May 30, 2012 3:12 AM GMT
    What industry do you work in? It might help us give better suggestions.
  • jeremylk7

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    May 30, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    I am looking to get into Human resources/ Organization Development, right now insurance.
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    May 30, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    I'd pick NYC if I were you, not only this city is amazing, it has everything. The only other city I would recommend is San Diego if you like the beach/warm weather but I'm biased bc I'm in Cali.
    Having said that, I think you should pick a city that has everything for you from career options, weather, men, dating, culture, nightlife, work/life/play....etc. Good luck.icon_cool.gif
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    May 30, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    You left out Charlotte.

    Wait...

    Never mind. Carry on.
  • mikeylikes

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    May 30, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    i used to live in chicago. people are friendly and seem like theyre not in a rush. i found guys in chicago to be nicer thn guys in LA.. chicago has a great gayborhood too. imo boystown blows weho outa the water.. but ive never really been to weho much even though i live in LA
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    May 30, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    HR is still in demand, and you can easily find a job in any of the cities you listed. So it's a matter of choosing a city that matches your lifestyle.

    Definitely Portland and San Diego if you like outdoor sports/activities.
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    May 30, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    portland is great if you like a strong culture associated with the area you live in. a lot of portlanders are almost rabid in their love of the pacific northwest and try (sometimes annoyingly in my opinion) to live up to the hiker-camper-environmentalist-hipster lifestyle as much as possible. downtown is especially popular for young gay men (the pearl district moreso for older gay men who can afford a $500k apartment...) because it's generally not insanely expensive to live in like many downtown districts in other gay friendly cities...

    my gay friends from nyc all argue that the city is actually a horrible place for dating/relationships but fantastic for a quick hook up.. just depends what you're into I guess
  • curtis818

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    May 30, 2012 5:26 AM GMT
    So I'm partial. Live in Portland, it's true a fantastic city! I'm pretty liberal, I've lived in Ohio, Indiana, new Mexico. Always was the odd liberal. In Portland I swear I look like a right wing conservative. These people are pretty intense. Of those listed, I think Chicago is the best. Very nice town, great people. The weather and the traffic kept me from moving there. I found New York to just be a little too anonymous and large for me. Don't know San Diego that well but I love the weather there. I read its getting a bit too expensive in this city. So anyway, my biased opinion is Portland. Moved from here in 20000 but missed the city and moved back two years ago.
  • austex85

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    May 30, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    Dallas probably has the strongest economy and best value
  • jeremylk7

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    May 31, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies keep them coming.

    I myself do sometimes think NYC has the most opportunity as far as careers go, however I believe the culture may be too hectic. One thing I strongly desire no matter where I move is to be able to become part of the community and build friendships that is right up in importance with my career.

  • errol88

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    May 31, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    I keep trying to convince myself that NYC is great and that I would like to end up there, but to be honest it's really impersonal--by which I mean most people care only about themselves and their business. If you're very independent and goal-oriented, it's the place for you. In terms of gay life, as someone said before, it's great for hookups but not so much for relationships. (SatC got that part right, anyway.)

    Have you looked at Minneapolis? I was very skeptical about it, but I visited and it was amazing. Very friends people, very green and European, and from what I hear the gay crowd is friendly and fun.
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    May 31, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    ooooh Portland! yes yes yes! hate Dallas, NYC is not green enough for me and i need more sun. i hate that if youre in midtown and nowhere near the park or the edge, you can forget about a sunset. Dallas, welp, after living there for 6 months, i enjoyed the politeness of people the vastness of the city but def their backhanded-talk-behind your back because youre living an "alternative" lifestyle became pretty annoying. san diego is pretty quiet and pretty but not forward thinking or artsy enough. looooove me some Portland or Seattle...
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    May 31, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    austex85 saidDallas probably has the strongest economy and best value


    +1 with a big helping of down home ultra conservative family values
  • cnagy1

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    May 31, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    catfish5 said
    austex85 saidDallas probably has the strongest economy and best value


    +1 with a big helping of down home ultra conservative family values


    I just moved to Dallas about a month ago and so far everyone is extremely friendly. The economy here is still very strong and the tech industry especially is on the rise. There are plenty of newer companies beginning to flourish, so don't count out the big city of Dallas. I know it has won my heart.
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    May 31, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    cnagy1 said
    catfish5 said
    austex85 saidDallas probably has the strongest economy and best value


    +1 with a big helping of down home ultra conservative family values


    I just moved to Dallas about a month ago and so far everyone is extremely friendly. The economy here is still very strong and the tech industry especially is on the rise. There are plenty of newer companies beginning to flourish, so don't count out the big city of Dallas. I know it has won my heart.
    Just wait till the new wears off and you see the real Dallas. icon_wink.gif
  • ohioguy12

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    May 31, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    errol88 said

    Have you looked at Minneapolis? I was very skeptical about it, but I visited and it was amazing. Very friends people, very green and European, and from what I hear the gay crowd is friendly and fun.


    I agree with this, but out of the cities you mentioned, I'd rank them:
    1. San Diego
    2. Chicago
    3. Portland
    4. Dallas (although I've never been there, and don't know too much about it)
    5. NYC
  • jeremylk7

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    May 31, 2012 9:34 PM GMT
    Minneapolis? Hm I will have to definitely look into that some more. I've never really heard much of it.
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    May 31, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    I will offer my say about Portland. It really is its own place and it does stand apart from most other cities you'd imagine. With that said, we're not likely going to be having our own spin-off of the Real Housewives series. There are some decent stores, but compared to California, not quite as glamorous. Trader Joe's are abound though, an exciting prospect for the health-conscious consumer. Also has a really great farmer's market. Our coffee is teh shit, too. #shamelessselfpromotion #diehardstumptowncoffeefan

    But I will issue a caveat: the job market is absolute crap. And if weather is a factor, know it rains in Oregon. A lot. If not raining, then just a gray overcast most of the year. Sun in the summer, though. It can depress some people, but hey: at least there aren't any hurricanes or tornadoes or freak storms with hail the size of golf balls.