(Closed) What’s it like living in Rhode Island?

posted 6 years ago in Rhode Island
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve never been but I have a close friend that moved there from Los Angeles for a job.  She lasted one year and then moved back.  She hated living there and wasn’t too fond of the people.  However, given that you are from the area, you might not have the same culture shock she did.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i have lived here in RI since for ever lol..i love it…I went to NJ a couple of yrs ago and it reminded me of RI well at least the places i went around over there where seemed relaxed, quiet…I feel so comfortable here and i love it, in the summer and on this hot weather there is so much to do, you see people everywhere, but cape cod is usually beautiful and quiet when my fiance and i start looking to buy our first home we will definitely look around capecod and those nice, and relax places…so yeah i’m telling you from experience i love it here, listen to the positive things instead of negatives unless some one says it from experience..good luck hunn

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I really like Providence – it’s kind of like Boston’s kid sister. It’s still a city, with great ethnic food, walkability, cool historical stuff, amazing art schols! But it’s not quite so massive. The traffic on I-95 does tend to be a nightmare, though, so keep that in mind for your commute if you do move there.

Where on Cape Cod did he interview? I lived there in grad school (Falmouth/Woods Hole area) and loooved it. Really close knit community, lots of beautiful places, and it’s only an hour and a half to Boston, so really easy to go in to the city on the weekend.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Meowkers:  Yeah, west coast and east coast culture is really different. I’ve had people from the east coast in my job that were transferred to CA and they didn’t let us hear the end of how much they didn’t want to go, hahaha. They ended up loving it, thankfully.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@crayfish:  you really like providence and you’re from boston?? lol i’m from providence and i recently went to boston and i really like it too 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Rhode Island is an okay place to live. I love that it is close to Boston, beaches and CT. The state is so much fun in the summer! The issue is the financial state of RI, the entire state is a mess and the employment rate is really high. If I had the choice I’d move into Mass to start and raise a family, but probably not near the Cape. I’d say go with the gut and how you two felt when you visited. Do some research on the state in general though, you don’t want him to move for a job and lose it a couple years later.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My Fiance is from Southern RI and I miss it so much.  When I was in school in Boston, I went down pretty much every weekend because I loved it down there.  It’s so great being near the beach and close to Boston.  Both locations (RI and the Cape) will have tons of beach traffic in the summer so that’s a downfall.  Its probably different living there than visiting every weekend but it felt like home to me (I’m originally from upstate NY)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have lived in Rhode Island most of my life, and in southern Rhode Island for the last fifteen years.  I raised my family here (I was married previously) and can’t imagine living anywhere else.  There are, as with anything, pros and cons.  For me, the pros definitely win.  As one of the other posters mentioned, the state IS in a financial mess, but southern Rhode Island is more affluent than the rest of the state due to the proximity to the ocean, so our cities and towns are not feeling the pinch as much as the more urban areas to the north.  

Property taxes are high, but not as high as New Jersey, so it may be even more affordable to you.  

My step-children grew up on the Cape, so consequently we spent a lot of time out there.  In the summer it is beautiful but the traffic is an absolute nightmare.  The winters are so secluded you feel like you’ve been banished to Siberia.  It’s a long and tedious drive to get off the Cape and the bridges are gridlocked every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Oh, and you can get to North Jersey a LOT faster from Southern RI than the Cape!

Best of luck to you!  Don’t hesitate to send me a PM if you have questions about anything!

 

 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I lived in Providence during college and LOVED IT. I currently live just outside Boston and also love it, but if I got a job in PVD I’d move back there in a heartbeat.

I realize this doesn’t say much about Southern RI, but, hey, it’s a small state. 😉

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

*HOORAY!!!*  I sent you a PM with some useful info Laughing

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