Time to move, where should I go?

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    Aug 23, 2013 2:50 AM GMT
    Hey everyone, lost my job recently and have the chance to make a big move in my life. I’ve lived in very rural areas and on the outside of small cities in the bible belt my entire life. I’m looking to change that, I don’t want to move to a huge city (NYC and DC are definitely not even on my list) but I do want to take a step up and find myself in or on the outskirts of a large city. I’m a biologist with a focus in microbiology and plant science/genetics. Anyone have any good suggestions on where I should move to, can be with in the USA or outside, prefer cold over hot/humid.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 23, 2013 3:24 AM GMT
    http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2013/01/09/gayest-cities-america-2013?page=full

    15. St. Louis
    14. Salem, Ore
    13. Colorado Springs, Colo.
    12. Providence, R.I.
    11. Oakland, Calif.
    10. Twin Cities, Minn.
    9. Atlanta
    8. Madison, Wis
    7. Eugene, Ore.
    6. Salt Lake City
    5. Seattle
    4. Washington, D.C.
    3. Spokane, Wash.
    2. Springfield, Mass.
    1. Tacoma, Wash.
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    Aug 23, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    I don't care how "gay" the city is, friendly would be nice though. Lived in the bible belt my entire life and never had a problem with finding guys to date and fuck.

    Thanks anyways
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    Aug 23, 2013 4:48 AM GMT
    The Pacific NW has a colder climate and is rarely hot and humid. And we're all about the flora and fauna over here! icon_cool.gificon_cool.gificon_cool.gif
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    Aug 23, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
    How about the Phoenix area? I saw several postings, when I was looking at healthcare positions online, on molecular diagnostics and microbial pathogenesis positions. Maybe that could be an option....
  • MikeW

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    Aug 23, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    TheCelticFury saidprefer cold over hot/humid.

    Well, if that is the case, you can't beat the San Francisco and Bay Area climate. ETA: It is almost never either hot or cold. It is semi-arid so little humidity, even in the rainy season (Jan thru April). You don't have to live in SF... as other recent threads have shown. I grew up rural and have never lived in SF proper (too densely populated for me) but have lived in the East Bay since 1973. First place I ever felt 'at home' on the planet. It is expensive, though. Damn. I'm having a hard time of it but someone with your skill set might fare a lot better.
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    Aug 23, 2013 5:06 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidHow about the Phoenix area? I saw several postings, when I was looking at healthcare positions online, on molecular diagnostics and microbial pathogenesis positions. Maybe that could be an option....


    Edit: Oops! Phoenix can be quite hot despite desert heat versus humidity. But still may be an option if nothing else. icon_smile.gif
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Aug 23, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    Kansas City!
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    Aug 23, 2013 5:58 AM GMT
    My jaw dropped when I saw that Spokane, Wa....the city I live in.....made that list!! Hmmmmm, never would have guessed.

    If you are a biologist though, we are surrounded by wheat fields, mountains, lakes, rivers and have Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge right in our back door. A two hour drive will put you in the center of the state which is orchard country. Washington apples are the best!!!!! Plus we have wineries, peach orchards, cherry orchards, potato fields, onions, hops and the like. Washington is an agricultural powerhouse.

    The best I can describe Spokane is.....it's the biggest little city you'll ever live in. While we're the 2nd largest city in the state next to Seattle, it really doesn't feel that big at all. It's very easy to find a place to live on the outskirts and you can get anywhere in the city quickly. Even in rush hour. And after you've lived here long enough, you'll easily run into people you know when you're out and about.

    We host the world's largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament, one of the world's largest road races (if not the largest) Bloomsday, and held the World's Fair in 1974.

    As far as weather here, we get all four seasons. Fall is beautiful with all its colors, we get cold winters with snow and usually a week where it's below 0 temps, an wet and mild spring, and nice sunny and warm (sometimes hot) summers. But it is a DRY heat here!! Sometimes you beg for some moisture, lol.

    My other suggestions are Portland and Seattle if you're looking for plant biology. They are much more mild in temps and are also surrounded by great plant life.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 23, 2013 6:38 AM GMT
    joelryn saidMy jaw dropped when I saw that Spokane, Wa....the city I live in.....made that list!! Hmmmmm, never would have guessed.


    LOL ... my city made the list too ... I was like ... whaaat?
    I'm not sure what they are basing it on, because this city can be very conservative ... maybe the idea is to gay more gay people to move to the conservative cities and turn them
  • Suetonius

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    Aug 23, 2013 7:33 AM GMT
    how hot is "hot?" Just about every city in the USA is hot in the summer. San Francisco is not, but some of the suburbs are quite warm in the summer. There are a lot of biotech/genetics companies in the area. Seattle is not always hot in the summer. If you can take summer heat/humidity, but want cold winters, try the Boston area.
  • AdventureTime

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    Aug 23, 2013 8:39 AM GMT
    Detroit needs people
  • sportsocks13

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    Aug 23, 2013 2:33 PM GMT
    Why Springfield???? I grew up near there.
    I would also cross Atlanta off your list. People in the south are messed up.
  • sportsocks13

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    Aug 23, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    Also. Unless you are very religious Colorado Springs would not be for you. Anywhere north is fine. Tons of stuff to do in Colorado.
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    Aug 23, 2013 2:37 PM GMT
    For USA, Portland?
    portland.jpg

    For outside, my city of residence, Bristol, UK.
    "Bristol has been hailed as the best English city in which to live, after a survey of 5,000 people... Bristol scored highly for nearness to countryside, cleanliness, quality of life, friendliness and pay rates."
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/8330514.stm
    "Bristol. City of squats whose graffiti is a more famous landmark than its cathedral, who has a bakery called Bread an’ Ting, a home-ware store called Happytat and a stationery shop called Paper Gangsta; even your shop names have a sense of humour..."
    http://themajestyofsmallness.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/bristol-give-me-a-signal/

    Bristol. A charming city from 134Moises on Vimeo.

  • adultoreo

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    Aug 23, 2013 2:44 PM GMT
    My pick in America would be Sacramento.
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    Aug 23, 2013 2:56 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidhttp://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2013/01/09/gayest-cities-america-2013?page=full

    15. St. Louis
    14. Salem, Ore
    13. Colorado Springs, Colo.
    12. Providence, R.I.
    11. Oakland, Calif.
    10. Twin Cities, Minn.
    9. Atlanta
    8. Madison, Wis
    7. Eugene, Ore.
    6. Salt Lake City
    5. Seattle
    4. Washington, D.C.
    3. Spokane, Wash.
    2. Springfield, Mass.
    1. Tacoma, Wash.


    As a native to the bay area, zi would strike 11, throw it in the trash to burn it and the seal he ashes away permanently ha ha! there are VERY FEW good places in Oakland to live. Clearly the people compiling the list never actually set foot in the city. lots of other nice cities in the bay area though.
  • LJay

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    Aug 23, 2013 3:19 PM GMT

    South Dakota
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Aug 23, 2013 4:00 PM GMT

    Take a look at Louisville KY...I love it. First...Lville and the state of KY are 2 TOTALLY different places; like Austin and TX, New Orleans and LA or Atlanta and GA. Fairness laws have been on the books for 15 years. City has a strong indie music scene, art scene and allot of gentrified neighborhoods and good nightlife (bars/clubs open till 4am every day). Only thing lacking is a pro sports franchise due to close prox to Cincinnati & Indy. The city proper is about 600K, the county is 720K and the metro is about 1.3 million.

    Cost of living is reasonable and the economy is stable. Corporate HQ for Humana, UPS Airlines, Teaxs Roadhouse, Poppa Johns, YUM (KFC,PizzaHut,TacoHell), Brown-Foreman (Finlandia,JackDan, Pepe Lopez). Ford Motor has 2 production plants and GE has a huge plant too...and they are hiring.

    Plus im only 5-6 hrs drive/45-50 min flight to Chicago and Atlanta.
  • Fritter

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    Aug 23, 2013 8:16 PM GMT
    May I humbly suggest the Greater Toronto Area? We Canucks are leading decent lives. icon_smile.gif
  • ASHDOD

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    Aug 23, 2013 8:17 PM GMT
    Grinland
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    Aug 23, 2013 8:45 PM GMT
    Check out Austin, Texas. Music Capitol of the World, University town, vibrant downtown, lots of outdoor activities, and a strong job market.
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    Aug 23, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    Money Magazine just came out with Best Places to Live in 2013 for Small Towns in lieu that you mentioned not big cities, but close to get to them - take a look-

    1. Sharon, Massachussetts - 22 Miles from Boston
    2. Louisville, Colorado -23 Miles from Denver
    3. Vienna, Virginia -12 Miles from Washington, D.C.
    4. Channhassen, Minnesota - 20 Miles from Minneapolis
    5. Sherwood, Oregon - 17 Miles from Portland
    6. Berkley Height, New Jersey
    7. Mason, Ohio
    8. Papillion, Nebraska
    9. Apex, North Carolina
    10. West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania

    The article notes good jobs, good communities, in lieu of you being a biologist I would recommend Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, and Minnesota. Since you have the time, I would call the Chamber of Commerce research jobs in the area and if you can drive or fly to them. Some thought to help you - best of luck.
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    Aug 24, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    Hum thanks for all the help, can at least narrow down where I'm searching for jobs at least.