(Closed) Best place to live for a young couple in North East Please vote! :)

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: What's the best place for a young couple?
    NY : (5 votes)
    15 %
    PA : (7 votes)
    21 %
    MA : (11 votes)
    32 %
    NJ : (2 votes)
    6 %
    SC (closer to family) : (5 votes)
    15 %
    Other (please explain) : (4 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I’m from MA, I currently live in NY, and I have family in PA, so I’m pretty well versed. If cost of living is a concern, I’d do PA. Its cheaper than MA (though I love it so!), and way cheaper than NY. You will experience winters but it won’t be quite so bitter cold. I’d consider the Philadelphia suburbs so you are close to a major city. If you have any other questions let me know.

    Post # 4
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    9 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m biased but personally I love NY =)

     

    But we dont live in the city. We live near Albany & I grew up halfway between the two.

    Post # 5
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Come to DC!

    …okay maybe not, if you’re worried about cost of living.

    BUT the job market here is supposed to be one of the best in the nation, the salaries make up for the cost of living, and if you live outside the city (NoVA or MD) you can find affordable housing pretty easily. Plus DC is super awesome!

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I love living in NYC, but I am ready to move on and live somewhere more affordable soon!  If you do want to live in NYC, you could always check out really cool neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and NJ.  Good luck!  

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I think it depends on what you want. 

    PA is a bit more rural. MA is a bit more suburban/yuppy. NY you can get either depending on whether you go right outside the city or way upstate? 

    How much winter are you willing to endure? Are you prepared for 12+ inches of snow per snow storm, every week? Sometimes twice a week? If not, MA and most of NY probably isn’t for you! Do you like farmland? If not, PA might not be for you (parts of it anyways)

    Do you want to live near a city? in a city? Give us some ideas of what you are looking for, and we’ll be able to help you more!

    Post # 8
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    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m biased because I’m from NY, but not the city! I grew in upstate NY (near Albany) and I love it there! I currently live in Ithaca, NY which is central NY and it’s nice here as well, though a bit isolated. And I lived in Philadelphia for 5 years, it’s a great city if you are looking to live in a big city, but I’m more of a suburban girl myself so I am happy to be back in the burbs!

    Post # 9
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    374 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Hmmm…I live in the north and would give anything to get out of the snow belt!  Trust me when I say it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  Maybe you should visit during the winter before making a decision like that.

    Post # 10
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    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I second the DC area. DC, NoVA or MD (Montgomery County) are great areas for a young couple. There are sooo many young people in this area and honestly the DC area has not felt the recession like most other places. Yes, cost of living is higher but you also get paid higher salaries so it really balances out. There is so much to do here you can never be bored. It also has better weather than anywhere up north. We are 3 hours from beaches, less than 2 hours from skiing…we have hiking, rivers, mountains, lakes, free museums, great bars, good food and only 3 hours to NYC. I honestly think its one of the best areas to live in for young professionals!!

    Post # 11
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    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Why not CT? Then you can be in the middle of everything! Go to Boston or NYC for the day. 2 hours either way!

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Pittsburgh is pretty great. It places consistently high on best cities to live. Darling Husband raves about Rochester and Syracuse.

    We didn’t like Philadelphia much, but I prefer smaller cities. My BIL has nothing but great things to say about Boston (although I think they actually live in Medford). 

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m from NJ and still live here and have lived in NYC. I have family in Pennsylvania. Have you ever visited up North during the winter? I don’t want to shatter your dreams lol but winter is really really rough up here. It is the end of March and the forecast is calling for snow on Friday (yes, during Spring). We got over 5 feet of snow this winter (I live in Central NJ). I’ve heard NC is really great, and you still have a chance of snow but winter isn’t quite as long. The cost of living there is also really low and there are jobs (espcially in the Research Triangle area). Cost of living in NJ/NY is really high, and although the jobs pay better, it’s still rough. The job market up here also isn’t great still, a lot of companies are still downsizing and some going out of business. So basically, my vote is NC. I’d probably move there (or Florida) if my Fiance and I didn’t have all our family and steady jobs up here.

    Oh! And FI’s best friend is a cop up here and it took him a long time to find a job – something to consider as well. It’s difficult to get a job in law enforcement in NJ unless you are applying in a high crime (ie dangerous) city.

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Yeah, I’m a bit biased because I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  It’s not the city but close enough, it’s all about a 2 hour drive from the major cities… pretty much you could still go to the beach (South Jersey),  NYC, Baltimore, Washington DC. Oh, it took me about 45 mins to drive to downtown Philadelphia.

    As for weather, summers can be hot and humid, definitely get snow during the winter (3-5 inches usually)… basically we have all 4 seasons. Which I think is great. ( I live in Seattle now, so we get spring season and the rainy season. Yeah, that’s pretty much it… oh a freak snow storm the shuts down the city. I’m definitely moving back to Phildelphia when I get the chance.)

    I lived in the surburbs and in Chester County, so it’s a nice area to live in.  Good schools. I’m not sure what you are going to school for there is a pretty big pharmaceutical company concentration in and around Philadelphia. Not too much crime in the surburbs.  I know if you are a teacher that it can be hard to find a job in PA… so if you are, I would look to move in another state.  A lot of my friends who are teachers are struggling to find a job or they had to move to NC or MD for jobs.

    I would recommend the cities…  West Chester,  King of Prussia,  Allentown, Royersford.  A little farther west is the city of Wyomissing.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    PA is probably the most affordable of all of them, so that’s something to take into consideration.

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