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    J E R S E Y S B E S T Jerseysbest's Avatar
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    New city to relocate to?

    I'm sorta looking to take a break from working full time as a "professional". I like my job and make okay money but eh, kinda over the same ole 9-5... I have decent chunk of change saved up (100k) so work isn't crucial. What city would be best to moved to that has a low cost of living, and has relative low unemployment, as in, I can make a few bucks here and there.

    I'm not opposed to working, but would rather work a "fun" job to cover the cost of living in a cool city. For year, maybe two, maybe 5. Maybe go back to school for another degree, or a masters.

    I live with my girlfriend. We're both in our late 20's, and we're both basically at the same point in our lives. Just need a change...
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    Come to Minneapolis!

    I am not sure that the cost of living is all that low, though...I think we are on par with the likes of LA, almost, but not totally sure about that because I am in denial...

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    What are the most important factors in deciding a city?

    I might suggest Denver. Unemployment of 7.9% which is below the national average (9.1%). Cost of living is slightly above national average but well below many other large metro areas. Somewhat bike friendly, plenty of fun things to do.
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    Austin Texas might be fun. Cool music scene. Good riding scene. In the Texas hill country. No state income tax, but sales tax is 8.25% local and 6% state.
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    J E R S E Y S B E S T Jerseysbest's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeybikes View Post
    What are the most important factors in deciding a city?

    I might suggest Denver.
    I'm actually already really considering the Denver/Boulder area. Biggest factor is probably cheap rent, followed closely by a decent metro area, outdoor activities (ie biking, hiking) and weather (not much colder than what I get in the NYC/DC area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysbest View Post
    I'm actually already really considering the Denver/Boulder area. Biggest factor is probably cheap rent, followed closely by a decent metro area, outdoor activities (ie biking, hiking) and weather (not much colder than what I get in the NYC/DC area.
    Denver and Boulder may be cheap compared to Jersey but not so much to the rest of the country. May I suggest Asheville, North Carolina. In the mountains, low cost of living, funky small city vibe.
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    Asheville is very nice. The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area is cool too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Austin Texas might be fun. Cool music scene. Good riding scene. In the Texas hill country. No state income tax, but sales tax is 8.25% local and 6% state.
    To clarify, jsharr means 6% state sales tax, and typically 2.25% local sales tax for a total of 8.25%.


    Or try Fort Worth. Settle in the Near Southside (nifty 100 year old homes for $100-200k) where all the cool bike kids hang out. (Check out "Night Riders" on Facebook.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    To clarify, jsharr means 6% state sales tax, and typically 2.25% local sales tax for a total of 8.25%.


    Or try Fort Worth. Settle in the Near Southside (nifty 100 year old homes for $100-200k) where all the cool bike kids hang out. (Check out "Night Riders" on Facebook.)
    plus you can fry an egg on your head most of the year
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    That's why we ride at night. It's kind of like Omega Man.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    That's why we ride at night. It's kind of like Omega Man.
    I've seen pictures of Texan "10 wheels" riding through the desert during the day with bleached skulls,cactus,angry Indians along his route.
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    Or you could put everything super valuable in storage, buy a couple of touring bicycles and tour the world for a year or two until you decide on a place to put down your roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
    Are you a lesser Texan?
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Little cities in WV - Morgantown, Charleston - great outdoor activities - hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, fishing, etc.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Madison, WI...an awesome bicycling city.
    (aka "30 square miles surrounded by reality" by those right-leaning folks)

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    Hmmm all food for thought.

    Mayber even try to get another position within my company, get some help moving, and possibly take a "sabbatical" or sorts in a year or so.
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    I am sorry to say that the Washington-Oregon I-5 urban Corridor, from north of Seattle to south of Portland, is kind of sucky these days from the standpoint of high unemployment and high cost of living.

    The weather is nice though, if you like rain. We actually get less rain than NYC, but it is spread over a longer time span. I pretty much park the motorcycles from about early October to mid May due to rain.
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    oh my goodness, we loved Rio. Of course, we were only there for four days... but wow, what a place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MillCreek View Post
    I am sorry to say that the Washington-Oregon I-5 urban Corridor, from north of Seattle to south of Portland, is kind of sucky these days from the standpoint of high unemployment and high cost of living.

    The weather is nice though, if you like rain. We actually get less rain than NYC, but it is spread over a longer time span. I pretty much park the motorcycles from about early October to mid May due to rain.
    Ditto for Portland. Although you can live here, north of the Columbia River, in Vantucky. You don't have to go far to get in lots of country miles in.
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    ... the traffic in WV is usually really really light - because there are hardly any people here. A WV "traffic jam" is WAY less than, say, a typical 6 a.m. line at the Lincoln Tunnel. It's the deer you have to watch out for!

    I live about 70 miles from Charleston (pop @ 55,000 - largest in WV unless there's a home WVU football game, when the largest population site in WV is Pushkar Stadium), and I usually get to Charleston in about 1 hr 20 minutes - 30 miles 2 lane blacktop, 40 miles 70 MPH interstate... with great scenery!
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
    I've seen pictures of Texan "10 wheels" riding through the desert during the day with bleached skulls,cactus,angry Indians along his route.
    Are you a lesser Texan?
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    I'd look at college towns....Auburn AL, Athens GA, etc.

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    New Orleans, still lots of non-profit recovery work going on, plus it's a fun place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    Come to Minneapolis!I am not sure that the cost of living is all that low, though...I think we are on par with the likes of LA, almost, but not totally sure about that because I am in denial...
    I lived there for 7 years and it was the most awful time of my life. Even Illinois is better than that and Illinois is terrible.

    oh ya and plus the fact the weather stinks for 7-8 months a year..............
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    Quote Originally Posted by modovincere View Post
    i'd look for college girls....auburn al, athens ga, etc.
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