(Closed) Sell me on your city! Moving to a new city with DH.

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Post # 31
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

As a native Portlander… please don’t move here! We have too many transplants already! πŸ˜‚

Post # 32
9486 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I lived in Chicago for several years and absolutely loved it. Amazing city. Seattle is also at the top of my list. I’d be in one of those cities right now if it weren’t for my FI’s career out in the Bay Area. 

Don’t recommend the Bay Area — it’s way too expensive right now. And CA taxes are killer.

Post # 33
570 posts
Busy bee

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msmorganitebee:  another Chicago bee here! Its beautiful here in the summer. The lake is perfect for walking, jogs, grilling, going to the beach. Its a very dog friendly city. There are many different neighborhoods with different feels. On the north side, Lincoln Park and Lakeview are full of great places to eat, outdoor patios, tons of bars. The city is big but the public transit is really good, the subway/El trains and busses are reliable. I’ve been here 5 years and I love it

Post # 34
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

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msmorganitebee:  Throwing in a vote for Pittsburgh! Moved here two years ago and love it! We’re frequently on the list for “most liveable city” and it’s very affordable, especially compared to cities like Boston (our friends live in a 1 br apartment in Boston and their rent is almost double our mortgage for a 3br house). The job market is pretty great, there are many job openings in most fields. We have a ton of amazing restuarants, and were actually just named the nation’s next food town by Bon Appetit. It’s definitely a dog friendly town, we have two dogs and there are tons of off-lease dog parks, hiking trails, and restuarants with outdoor patios that allow dogs. I don’t know if you meant “beach” when you said you wanted near water but we are the Three Rivers city so we have a lot of offer in water sports arena (boating, kayaking, paddle-boarding) and the annual regatta was just this past week. There are a million things to do and try on the weekends and if you like sports at all we have three major teams here that the town loves to support. I’d definitely at least check it out! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 35
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I live in Anchorage, Alaska and I love it here. There’s always something to do. In the winter you can go snowmachining, snowboarding or skiing, cross country or skate skiing, ice fishing, we have the Iditarod/Fur Ronde festival, Iron Dog, etc. In the summer the options are endless; hikes, camping, fishing, hunting, 4wheeling, dirtbiking, summer festivals, we have lots of concerts for all kinds of genres, but Alaska has a pretty big rock/metal scene, you can float down the Kenai River in an inner tube and drink all day, go boating, or just take your dog to one of the dog parks, biking, go walk on a glacier, go ziplining, pan for gold, go whale watching, etc. We have a big social scene here too, so lots of bars and LOTS of restaurants (and getting more all the time). 

The best part about Alaska is simply that it’s Alaska. It is beautiful.

Here are some pictures I’ve taken recently just doing things we normally do:

Visiting my mother in law’s

On a walk with my husband

Driving to our favorite restaurant, The Double Musky

The second best part of Alaska are the Alaskans. I worked with tourists a few years back and the most common comment travelers would say to me is that Alaskans are the friendliest people they’ve ever met. As someone who travels relatively often myself, I have to agree. 

The job market is pretty good and even through the “recession” in 2008, Alaska wasn’t hit nearly as badly as the Lower 48. Property is pretty expensive here though, especially if you want a house with a yard in a good side of town. However, there are plenty of Condos available. Stick to South Side Anchorage though when searching for a house or apartment. It’s the best area of town. You also have to be sure to have a good set of winter-tires, but you don’t necessarily need a 4×4. I drove a Jetta for years before I got my truck and it worked perfectly fine in the winter with some Blizzak tires. 

Post # 36
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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msmorganitebee:  Woohooo!! Boston is the best!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Good luck in your search for an interim city!

Post # 37
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Florida is fun.  We live where everyone else wants to vacation… I think thats the slogan I’ve heard.  

Post # 38
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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mollieliv:  I second the Bull City love! I lived in Durham for several years and you couldn’t pay me to live anywhere else in the Triangle. Durham just has so much soul and personality. It is a very scruffy, individualistic sort of place with so much to do. And there are good public schools there. It’s a great city for kids. But it’s fine by me if Raleigh residents continue to think Durham’s scary, keeps them over in Raleigh πŸ˜‰ Kidding, mostly. Durham is absolutely amazing and if you can’t tell, I definitely left my heart there when I moved away. 

I also lived in Charleston for a while. I am not built for the summers that far south, but the rest of the year is beyond gorgeous. The food there is amazing, there are so many wonderful ways to spend your life outside, and we made tons of friends easily there. There is like negative public transport, though. And we did end up having to move away because of the job market. I am sure it’s fine in other industries, but we could not make it work in our field and many of our friends have at different times struggled to find work. Just depends on what you do, I think. 

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msmorganitebee:  Based on your description of you and your DH, I won’t even bother recommending current city, lol, even though I love it. But I will chime in to support Boston. I have never lived there myself but have spent a lot of time there. It’s a really wonderful place! It’s on my list if we ever relocate. (ETA, haha I just saw your post about living in Boston before. Clearly you just need to move back. Good luck in your search for another city!)

Post # 39
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  • Wedding: June 2015

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brlabrat:  yes!! Love the bull city love. It’s almost always obvious when someone has never actually lived there, as I think it’s near impossible to not fall head over heels once you’ve put down roots. 

And not that this is related to the OP’s request anymore, but DH is a teacher and has taught in both Durham and Wake county public schools and the only difference in his experience was the commute πŸ˜‰ 

Post # 40
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I live in the PNW and Seattle is the nearest major hub.

I really recommend it! It’s charming and interesting and cool. Lots of activities – it’s a major city that’s sooooo close to a beautiful national park. If you like doing anything outdoors, Seattle is a good choice. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, chilling on a lake, camping … All of it is within reach easily, but with the conveniences of city life. An unbeatable night life with endless craft brews and garage bands. A young crowd of environmentally-conscious professionals. Hard to beat!

For the sake of transparency, I should say there are a few main reasons we don’t live in Seattle. One is commute time. We live in a small town a few hours away and it takes me 10 minutes tops to get to work. I can’t imagine driving an hour but I know that’s the norm in most cities. Another is cost. We live in a small town that is cheap, meaning we have money to travel and eat organic and such. Also, we aren’t crazy about coast weather. Lots of rain and overcast, but not nearly as much seasonal fluctuation in temperatures as we have where we live. I hate snow in the harsh winters here, but I also think I’d hate “rainy season” in Seattle. 

Post # 41
893 posts
Busy bee

I vote Minneapolis, hands down. (Although I hear amazing things from my friends who moved out to Denver, too.)

I lived in Minneapolis for 3 years and it has everything you could possibly want: big, but not too big city, public transit, affordable housing, overall friendliness, variety of restaurants and nightlife, THEATRE! omg so many theatres!, great universities (if you were interested in graduate/phd programs at any point, or if you wanted to seek employment there!)…plus, there’s the Mall of America and great suburbs to live in if you want to be a little farther from the city. Things to do (other than shopping and going to the theatre): anything outdoorsy and/or involving lakes, art museums, science museum, a variety of little historical houses and museums, several interesting conventions throughout the year, great parks in the city, ValleyFair (amusement park), the Renaissance Festival, the MN State Fair is pretty amazing…There’s really so much to do but in a space that’s fairly safe, not very high crime-rates, really good education, etc. I LOVE it. I can’t say enough about it and I can’t wait to move back (living in Canada currently).

Post # 42
3232 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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MelissainNC: I would argue that Durham is a great place to live for the younger crowd – late 20s is probably the target audience for Durham residents. There aren’t any clubs or anything in Durham that appeal to the young 20s crowd, but there are tons of brewerys, pubs, great restaurants and other outings (Durham Bulls comes to mind) that appeal to the slightly more mature, but still young age group. There are many great jobs in Durham that don’t revolve around Duke. 

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