Post # 1
Hi Bees! Hoping some of you can shed some light on a situation for FI and I. We currently live in CT (and both have for our entire lives.) Neither of us is particularly happy with our jobs, the climate in CT, the high taxes and cost of living. So, we’re considering relocating after the wedding!
We’re looking for someplace up and coming – strong enough economy to land jobs, but not over crowded. We both HATE the snow – but FI doesn’t love high heat/humidity either. Mild climate would be best.
Right now, we have Kentucky and Tennessee on our radar. Home prices are extremely reasonanble, climate seems moderate, job market looks stable. But I want to hear from YOU – do YOU live somewhere awesome? Tell me all about it!
Post # 3
We live in Lawrence, KS and it is such an amazing town. It does snow but not all that much. I hate it just as much as you do and I can handle it.
The town is worth it. It’s a college town, KU, so there is always something going on and it is a great family town as well. We are only 30 min. from Kansas City so there are plenty of opportunities for work.
Seriously, I love living here.
Post # 4
I live in Chicagoland. I wouldn’t recommend it, frankly. The weather is extreme with very cold and snowy winters to very hot summers. We don’t get very much in the way of moderate weather. The job market sucks. Bad. And home prices are very high. Overall, the quality of life here isn’t wonderful.
We’ve talked a lot about moving, too. But our parents are here, so it won’t happen anytime soon.
Post # 5
@FutureCuomo6610: well, I live in Tennessee… so I think you’re right on track 🙂
Seriously, I have posted this millions of times on this board when people ask these types of questions. Tennessee is awesome. The economy is doing pretty well, considering many other areas of the country. We live outside of Nashville, and I commute into the city every day. Seriously, it has everything you need. If you’re a foodie and like new restaurants and cool neighborhoods, there’s a lot of that. There are 2 professional teams ( Titans for football and Predators for Hockey) if you’re into sports PLUS having an SEC school in town (Vandy) and UT Knoxville just a few hours away. There are 2 big lakes if you like camping, boating, fishing and hiking. There are historical landmarks everywhere ( 2 past US Presidents have homes in the middle TN area), there’s an active performing arts center, symphony, and all the concerts and live music of all genre’s that one could ask for.
You’re 2 hours to the mountains, a relatively short drive (around 6 hours) to the beaches in FL or AL. The weather is ok. Not going to lie, it is a little cooler than I like in the winters ( occasional snow, but more like slushy rain/snow mix), and the summers can be pretty hot ( but not as humid as it is further down).
We just bought a house, so if you’re really interested and want more information on some of the areas around middle TN, PM me and I will give you some of the info we found 🙂
Post # 6
I live in North Carolina and I LOVE it. The weather is awesome, we have the mountains and the beach, and it’s pretty everywhere else. There are lots of medium sized cities that have great job potential and even more smaller growing areas to choose from, too. Houses are also super reasonable depending on where you pick. For what it’s worth though, if I had to pick another state to live in, TN would be near the top of the list.
Post # 7
Buzzfeed (and others) frequently write articles about how awesome it is.
One of my biggest regrets is moving away from that city.
Post # 8
@burnabrenna: I second North Carolina.
I love it here! The economy is fairly stable right now and the weather is usually very good. We’re close to both the beach and the mountains – only 2-4 hours drive either way. To me it’s the perfect state. 🙂
Post # 9
I would recommend Nashville. It is up and coming and houses and cost of living is not outrageous.
Post # 10
I live in the DC area – hot, humid, miserable summers (we just got out of a period of 132 hours straight where the temperature never got below 80, with the heat index into the 105-110 range). Filled with college students, politicians, and wanna-be politicians. The job market sucks, since sequestration and the failure of Congress to pass a budget has really caused some problems here. And rents/mortgages are sky-high.
On the plus side, it’s amazing to be at the heart of everything, surrounded by free world-class museums, and amazing restaurants and theaters. World-class education and hospitals are just a stone’s throw away. A faiirly accessible metro transit system (decently reliable) makes a car not entirely necessary.
Post # 11
I live in Toronto, I would not recommend.
I loooove Seattle & Austin. If I moved back to the states these are two places that would be the top of my list!
Post # 12
@FutureCuomo6610: If your FI hates humidity, stay away from KY. Its awful. Allergies are really bad here, also. Homes are pretty cheap though.
Post # 13
@Shamus11: My dad travels for work a lot and has been to Austin several times, but he said it always stinks there. O.o Or maybe it was Dallas. I cant remember.
Post # 14
we currently live in buffalo, ny. i hate it. however, i hate it for reasons that really have no relation to the area. i think the suburbs outside of the main city are amazing. i think there are parts of buffalo that are awesome as well. it’s just not for me.
my hometown is in the “greater boston area”. we’re about a half hour north of boston, on the new hampshire border. it’s home to me, and i absolutely love it. i love new england in general, because it’s the only place i’ve ever really known and have spent the most time of my life.
FI is from oak harbor, washington/mount vernon, washington. that’s home for him. oak harbor is an amazing place. mount vernon is nice, but less.. i dunno. it’s farm-y. there’s close city areas to there, though. i loved visiting, but i dunno if i could live in mount vernon. if we were gonna move to washington, he’d wanna move back to seattle. he lived in seattle for a year or so. loved it. seattle is great.
Post # 15
Wow, thank you all for your feedback! Seems we’re on the right track. Has anyone every DONE this before? Just picked up and moved to a totally new place without a firm plan? Is it as scary as it seems??
Post # 16
I live in Charlotte, NC. I LOVE IT!!! My DH and I just moved here last year. Neither of us had even visited Charlotte before he applied to a company here. He got a great job offer, so we decided to move.
Great cost of living. Great weather. Great economy and job market.
If you’re interested in going South, I would also suggest Greenville, SC or Austin, TX. I lived in Greenville during college and it was an awesome city. One of my best friends lives in Austin and it’s a cool city too.
I don’t know much about TN or KY.
I would suggest a weekend away in the top cities on your list. You can get an idea of the “vibe” just by walking around.