Post # 1
My husband and I are finishing up our time in our current location. We’ll be ready to go sometime next April/May, and we can apply for jobs anywhere in the country. We’re feeling a little overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Obviously the job market for us (scientists) is better in certain places than others, and we’re currently looking at Seattle, San Diego, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Boston, and DC. We’re totally open to other options and really don’t know where we’re going to end up.
So my question to you: if you had the opportunity to move anywhere in the US, where would you go? Or, if you already live there, where do you live and why should my husband and I move there?
Post # 2
I’ve lived near STL my whole life. While I’d never leave the Midwest, STL is probably the worst place ever to live, I’d never wish it upon anyone. Chicago isn’t bad. My ideal location is pretty much the middle of nowhere lol although Hawaii would be nice for a bit.
Post # 3
We just bought a place on the lake of the Ozarks and I’d move there tomorrow if I could. No neighbors, high on a bluff right on the water, yup, paradise.
Post # 4
I’ve lived in:
the Minneapolis metro
near Healy, Alaska
It sounds like you’re looking for a city area. I did grow up in the Minneapolis area, and I do recommend it. It’s very family-friendly, and there’s always so much going on. However, I love Pittsburgh, as well. This place reminds me of Minneapolis very much (well, more so than any other place I’ve lived). The good thing about Minneapolis is the green-living, healthy lifestyles, and the strong sense of community. However, Pittsburgh has a great economy right now and a GREAT job market 🙂 The housing market is incredible here right now. People need to buy before the prices get too competitive 😉
However, Minneapolis may be better for scientists. I’m a climate scientist/organic geochemist getting my Ph.D., and I’m worried about what jobs will be available for me here in Pittsburgh when I get out. I’m trying to make connections while I’m still in school.
Post # 5
cmbr: hawaii!! Been there.my friend has family there and everyone is soooo friendly. Can’t imagine any where else besides here. Sitka alaska. Not that big but beautiful!! Super friendly town with lots of art and music. Fishing and outdoors. <3
Post # 6
I am in Alaska and I honestly can’t think of any place else I’d rather live. Well, in America anyway. There’s lots of places I’d like to live abroad. 🙂
Post # 7
I grew up in San Diego. It was amazing. I would live there if I could afford it.
Post # 8
damarajade: ooooh what’s it like in Flagstaff?? I’ve always wondered.
If I could afford it I’d totally want to live in the Bay Area. Or Boulder, CO.
Post # 9
I wouldn’t mind moving to Northern CA, more specifically the Bay Area, Portland, OR, or Seattle. I currently live in the San Diego area and grew up here. I would definitely recommend moving here, cmbr! They don’t call it America’s Finest City for nothing! We have the best weather in the country 😉
Post # 10
cmbr: I live in DC and love it. 🙂 Cost of living is very very high though!
Post # 11
I think Boston is a nice area to stay in for you because of the high concentration of biotech/pharmaceutical companies and education/academia around there! FI lives there while studying and he enjoys it a lot!
Post # 12
Just got back from Hawaii and would love to live there if everything wasn’t so damn expensive!! My FI has been trying to figure out how we can move there after graduation!
Post # 13
Grand Rapids! I’ved here for 3+ yrs and would never move! It really is a great town! A very up and coming atmosphere, artistic, eclectic, but with a homey feel ands sprawling neighborhoods and neighboring suburbs. However, I have always had the dream of staying in San Francisco for about a year and moving back to GR. But just for the experience, not for a home.
Post # 14
San Diego, but only if I had lots of money. It is seriously beautiful and the weather is amazing. I love that place.
Post # 15
I hate winter, so I would rule Chicago and Boston and probably St Louis and DC off your list off the bat, though! 🙂 Winter in Lexington KY sucks enough for me. I would never go north of here.
I work for the federal government, so I have lots of colleagues in DC. What strikes me, other than cost of living, is commute time. It is very hard to be a working mother in that area, it seems to me. Especially if you live in Maryland or Virginia and commute in. If you don’t have or want kids, I think DC is a great option, if you can tolerate winter. It seems to be worse there than here. They are always shutting down up there in bad weather. DC is a good areas for at least certain kinds of scientists. I know the NIH is in Maryland.