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

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Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Living in Chicago currently and LOVING IT. If you live in one of the popular neighborhoods (Lincoln Park, Lake View, Wicker Park, Lincoln Square…) don’t let anyone try to scare you about crime. The scary crime is way on the southside where the northside crime is minimal.

 

I love the city and have had nothing but wonderful experiences living here!

Post # 49
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3890 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I know you mentioned that you’ve lived in DC before, but DC continues to have the strongest big city job market and is just a fun awesome place to live. Fiance and I live in Alexandria, which is affordable (for a big city), dog friendly (we have a Bernese Mountain Dog), with tons of running paths and easy public access to the downtown area, where we both work. All of my friends have cool jobs that you just don’t hear about elsewhere and there are tons of fun things to get involved in (running clubs, brunch groups, philanthropic events, etc). You could also easily take Dulles International back to the UK ๐Ÿ™‚

I also second/third/fourth the people who are mentioning Charleston, SC. Though it’s not as large as NYC, Boston, or DC, it’s a city that’s quickly growing.  It’s also VERY affordable and because of how quickly it’s growing, any property you buy will probably grow exponentially in value over time.  It’s also very close to beautiful beaches and the people are southern, but tend to be more open minded than other southern cities I’ve lived in/visited. 

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I live south of Chicago.  The weather is terrible all winter, but the culture is great.  There are tons of museums and art/music/theater activities, as well as tons of good sports.  The weather is what kills me though.  It has moody periods, where it’s 65 one day and 30 the next.  Snowflakes after a solid month of warm days.  Summers tend to be hot and fairly humid, but this one has been mild so far.  Be very careful about what neighborhood you move into, or what city if you chose to move just outside of the city.  There are a decent amount of jobs, but it does depend on your field. 

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

I’m with snpmarin on this– Kansas City (Missouri) is AWESOME! I’m an urban planner, so I feel like I can say that with some authority! 

I will say, there’s a ton to do, a great arts/music/culture scene, the food is fabulous, and the cost of living is significally less than other similar cities. And it’s in the middle and therefore relatively easy to get everywhere!

I’m currently planning away so I can’t get into all of the great reasons I love this city but take a gander at some of these things:

About it’s general awesomeness–

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/25/travel/In-Kansas-City-All-Things-Craft.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/realestate/commercial/millennials-going-to-kansas-city-to-live-and-work.html

http://www.downtownkc.org/2014/10/10/kc-earns-high-marks-from-travel-leisure/

http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/kansas-city-gorgeous/

About the food scene–

http://www.kansascity.com/living/food-drink/article16275620.html

About the culture/arts scene–

http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article21735252.html

There are some really great neighborhoods in the general downtown area (River Market, Quality Hill, Crossroads) that will soon be connected via streetcar too, so having a car is becoming more and more optional. 

Post # 53
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

msmorganitebee:  Commenting again because, 1, I didn’t tag you. And 2, I forgot to add that KC is SUPER dog friendly! In my neighborhood nearly everyone has a dog and we’ve met multiple good friends at the dog park!

Post # 54
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

msmorganitebee:  Nice that you are able to choose wherever! I’ve been to both places and lived on the West Coast and am currently in the Midwest. HANDS DOWN I’d choose Seattle. For the climate (NO SNOW) and for the proximity to the ocean. Chicago’s a great city, but you can’t beat those 2 things.

I live in St Paul, MN and as much as I do like it here, if I could live anywhere I’d choose elsewhere.

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee

Annonnie89:  I absolutely agree with you. I think one advantage of living in lots of different places is that you really get to see how similar people are deep down no matter how much the culture varies!

Post # 56
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814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m going completely off the wall here, as I know you are looking for BIG cities! We live in a suburb of Oklahoma City and LOVE it! The cost of living is super low compared to most of the rest of the country, the job market is fantastic! The city is booming right now, tons of new developments going in all the time and so much stuff to do year round. We are home to the NBA Thunder and games are a blast. The weather isn’t too bad, but summers sure can get hot! Lots of parks/dog parks in the area. No public transport unless you live downtown, and certainly no subway. It’s a “small” big city! 

Dallas is only 3 hours away and there is SO much to do across Oklahoma. The diversity from the western side of the state to the eastern side is incredible. I know it’s too small for you to even consider, but wanted to share my love of my city!

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I am going to recommend a non big city, because I love it to pieces. Riverside, CA. Downtown is beautiful. It has a smaller big city feel. Lots of bars and places to go. The Mission Inn is beautiful. Many people in SoCal commute for work, but our economy is really bouncing back right now. The housing market is improving greatly. There is a very diverse culture. It’s about 60 miles from LA, 60 from Palm Springs, and about 2 hours from San Diego. The closest airport is about a 10-15 minute drive in Ontario. There are tons of towns around like Moreno Valley, Corona, Eastbr, Pomona, etc… We have some fancy casinos within an half an hour drive. Lovely nightclubs, and you can go to LA for an excellent time! Public transportation in the area is very easy to navigate although it’s not always time friendly. We have Lyft and Uber to fill the gaps. 35-40 minutes to Disneyland And Knotts. Six flags and universal studios and aquariums and the San Diego zoo! There is so much life in Southern California. Oh did I mention the beaches? Santa Monica, Venice, Huntington, Dana point, Catalina island. I love it here

 

Im a SoCal baby at heart. 

Post # 58
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

LVtennisgirl80:  Hey, I’m in Minneapolis!!!  It’s a great place, but of course I’m biased.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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