Post # 32
Haha obviously I’m biased but I have lived in several East Coast cities and my top choices would be:
Before taking a dart to the map of good ol’ USA, you need to decide what kind of weather you like (if you hate snow, don’t come to Boston!), general attractions (big city life= NYC is for your, more suburbs? Philly area has great towns!).
I love Boston for its 4 seasons, the city itself (restaurants, musuems, education), and being close to the beach (Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard anyone?) and being able to drive to Vermont or New Hampshire for skiing/snow fun.
Post # 33
My best friend lives in Pittsburgh, so I feel that I must give it a plug! I had bad thoughts about Pittsburgh before I went to visit her (decaying city, old, rust belt) and I was sceptical. What a great city though! It’s SUPER affordable to live there. (I pay triple what she pays for her place- yippee). There’s tons of great restaurants, shows, the Steelers, bars are fabulous, there’s good jobs… It’s just a really unique city.
However, it’s a little cold!
Post # 34
Right now I live in Quarryville with my parents, but will be moving to Lititz with Fiance once we get married. Do you live in Phoenixville? I see the bee says that’s where you’re getting married! I love that area!! 🙂
Post # 35
I live about 30 minutes out of Portland Maine. I love where I live and I would never want to move away from Maine. We have 4 seasons, we get blizzards in the winter and this year we had about 60 beach days! I could never ever imagine living far away from the ocean. I see the ocean outside my window at work all day long and I love it. I love Maine for how simple life really is here. I love being able to walk down the street and usually run into somebody that I know. I also love the fall and being able to watch the leaves change, going to fairs, hayrides, bon fires.
Downsides to Maine, a lot of snow! If you like big cities Boston is the closest “Big City” near us. We just got the first apple store, sephora, and ulta in the state this year! So sometimes we are little slow at keeping up with the times on shopping and other things. Some people think Maine is boring, I don’t agree with that, I can always find something to do here! From hiking, fishing, boating, museums, we have more bars than any other town in USA if you count restaurant/bars I believe San Francisco beats us by 1. We have tons of history, and it’s a pretty safe place to live.
Post # 36
@piglet – omg! When we first moved to Lancaster County we moved to Holtwood in 1976. There was NOTHING around. Anyway, our church was in Quarryville – St. Catherine’s of Sienna. We then moved to Willow Street.
I live in Reading now but Phoenixville is about 30 minutes away. I just love that area.
Post # 37
I live in suburban Washington, DC (VA suburbs) and work in DC. Lots of jobs, schools, cultural stuff, but horribly expensive. I want out but it’s not going to happen since my husband’s family is here and he’s a defense contractor. I used to live in the MAryland Burbs and I prefer that area to VA. My family ives in WV, about two hours from DC. IF we, could find jobs there I’d be gone in an instant.
Post # 38
I live in Dayton Ohio. It’s home to me because I’ve been living here for most of my life but there isn’t anything to do here. Most of the jobs have been taken away and homes every where have been foreclosed. I’m not too sure about other areas that are booming in your profession but that is something that I would also really look into. A lot of people around here have degrees but can’t use them because the jobs are not here. Good luck!!!!
Post # 39
Pittsburgh Pa here! I live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and it is great. Four seasons, low cost of living, great schools. The only thing that I have heard is for psychology, to get certified by the state is a royal pain. Just something to check into if you are interested in practicing and seeing patients.
Post # 40
I you consider the mid west, check out Omaha. The big city with the small town charm. Everything in the city Is twenty minutes away. We are considered to be economy proof with a 3 percent unemployment and we have one of the top hospitalresearch facilies in the country. We have several great universities and wonderful public education. District 66 is highly nationally ranked for its education and one of the few were you can graduate high school as a sophmore in college. You can still buy a really nice home for less than 100k and we have cheap utilities. I have lived all over the country and still say there is no place like home here in the Husker Nation.
Post # 41
We live in a Miami suburb right now, but we’re not 100% sold on it yet. We moved here 2 months ago from Oklahoma, which we loved. We’re city people, so we thought we’d love Miami, but the culture is so different. People aren’t nearly as friendly, and we’re apparently not up to par on our Spanish.
But Tulsa & Oklahoma City are really great. Both cities have lots of psychology jobs (I have a psych degree too, Univ Tulsa, Univ Oklahoma and Ok State all have psych grad programs). Both cities have lots of great dining, arts, performing arts, shopping, parks, and more. I’d say Tulsa has more specialty shopping and dining, but OKC has more entertainment and is growing faster. Oklahoma is a great place to live and go to school. Tuition and cost of living are low, current salaries are competitive with other regions, you get all 4 seasons, and the people are wonderfully friendly.
For Tulsa suburbs, Broken Arrow and South Tulsa/Jenks are great. For OKC suburbs, try Midwest City, Edmond, or Norman (I lived in both Midwest City and Norman for several years and loved Norman most of all. It has the state’s largest university, lots of jobs and things to do, but still a smaller city charm being 20-30 minutes from OKC. It was ranked the 7th best place to live for cities under 300,000 people.)
I also love Chicago, Phoenix, Orlando, and San Francisco.
Post # 42
My suggestion would be findyourspot.com. It is an excellent way to boil all your wants/needs down to one place. My fiance and I are looking to move once he finishes school and we might just go to our number one place, Madison, Wisconsin!
Post # 43
Another vote for Seattle! It has everything… water, mountains, trees… in my opinion it’s the most beautiful place you could live.
The job market is much higher than in other areas, you can choose to live in the city or subarbs, and the weather is mild.
I also LOVE the people around Seattle. Seattle is such a warm-hearted city… people are so friendly and its a very diverse crowd.
I think it’s awesome how passionate people are about where they live. I definitely think that home is where the heart is!
Post # 44
I live in Fort Wayne Indiana, and there are good schools here, but it is really more of a family town. indianapolis is great. They have a wonderful downtown area and tons of great shopping.
I am from St. Louis and I absolutely LOVE it. There are great schools. Tons of free stuff to do. It’s easy to navigate around town (all the highway construction is FINALLY done). There is a ton of stuff to do and it’s relatively affordable. You get three seasons. There’s spring, summer and winter. Fall is going to be hot and then one day it will be cold. And then in the middle of February, you will have a 70 degree day. There isn’t a ton of snow, but it will snow. St. Louis is known to be one of the smallest big cities. Everyone seems to know everyone else and I find people to be relatively friendly. The suburbs are all great. Avoid the north if you chose here. That’s more of the crime-ridden area.
Having had family in Texas, I know that houses there are more affordable than houses in St. Louis. You can get a bigger place there for cheaper than in St. Louis. I know people who live in Austin and Houston and having visited both places numerous times, I can give my recommendation for both.
Post # 45
I live in NEW YORK CITY!
What isn’t there to say ..I love it…My commute to work is easy..I don’t have a car…I keep in shape by walking….Everything is at the tip of my fingertips..stores, restaurants, sports teams, theatre…
Probably move to the suburbs in 2 years but definitely will enjoy being in the city for a little while long!
Post # 46
Arizona! If you like warm weather 365 days a year move here! Summers can be a bit rough but it’s only really bad for about 3 months. October – May is PERFECT. You can bask in the sun until almost November here. Plus there is no snow…in Phoenix anyways. You can drive up to Falgstaff (about 2 hrs) and go skiing if you want.